November 2022
Concrete Industry Management eNews
MTSU Holds Ribbon Cutting for New School of Concrete and Construction Management Bldg.
On Oct. 13, Middle Tennessee State University officials cut the ribbon to officially open the new $40.1 million School of Concrete and Construction Management Building. The 54,000 square-foot facility will be an integrated and experiential learning laboratory for 135 current CIM majors and 200 Commercial Construction Management students. This new facility is a major change from the approximately 9,000 square feet of space in the Voorhies Engineering Technology building. For more information, click here.
Watch the video from the ribbon-cutting here.
Save The Date for the 2023 CIM Auction at World of Concrete
Find out more about the annual CIM Auction at World of Concrete by visiting our website here.
CIM University News
Welcome New CIM Program Director Nick Steinberg
The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the CIM program has announced the hiring of Nick Steinberg as the new program director at California State University, Chico. Steinberg is the first program director for the CIM program at Chico State who is also a graduate of the program. He has 11 years of experience in the concrete industry, working as a sales representative for CalPortland and most recently as a sales manager for Mathews Ready Mix LLC. In addition, Steinberg has several years of teaching experience at Chico State. Welcome Nick!
Honoring Two of the Best Women at CIM Chico
During the CIM Patrons' Fall Meeting, two amazing women who have been a large part of the Chico program, Dr. Seema Sehrawat and Lisa James, were honored.

Dr. Sehrawat has been the associate dean of the ECC and acting CIM program director. As she moves forward in your new role as chief of staff to the university president, Dr. Sehrawat will truly be missed. In appreciation of her service, the new program director Nick Steinberg and current students gifted Dr. Sehrawat with a concrete electric guitar to display in her new office.
Lisa James has been the CIM program administrative assistant and acting CIM program director. Lisa will truly be missed as she is promoted to Dr. Sehrawat's executive assistant. The CIM students appreciate everything she has done for them and the program as a whole. Thank you to these wonderful ladies and congratulations on your new positions!
Have you seen this cool video about our program? Check it out here.
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MTSU CIM Heads Back To The Music City Grand Prix
For the second year in a row, the students of MTSU’s CIM program got hands-on experience at the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville. Last year, as part of an agreement with event CEO and MTSU alumni Matt Crews (‘91), the CIM program assisted in creating an eco-friendly concrete mix for use in course barricades. This year, the students had the opportunity to learn more about concrete barriers and paving as well as present a concrete panel that they created with glow-in-the-dark aggregate. The design includes both MTSU and CIM logos as well as the Indy car logo. Find out more by watching the video. 
"Concrete is Everything!"
MTSU CIM senior Elijah Woldemariam explains why jobs in concrete industry provide professional growth and are here to stay no matter where you might live.
$70K in Scholarships Awarded
On Aug. 19, the CIM program at MTSU welcomed some incoming scholarship students at a scholarship luncheon. We are pleased to announce that $70,000 in scholarships was awarded.
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Where Are They Now? Meet CIM NJIT Graduate Lauren Rose
In 2017, Lauren Rose graduated from NJIT with a dual degree in Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program and architecture.

Where is Lauren now?
I currently work at High Concrete in Denver, PA where I am a design team leader (DTL). I oversee an engineering team that designs precast structures. As a DTL, it is my responsibility to ensure that the precast design team communicates effectively with all trades, follows the schedule, problem solves engineering issues, and provides the best design services and solutions to our customers. With the help of my team, we have built several precast parking garages, medical facilities, and schools.  

How has the CIM program prepared you for your current job responsibilities? 
The CIM program introduced me to so many opportunities in the precast industry. In college, I attended conferences, committee meetings, met many industry professionals and learned about various concrete businesses. This exposure broadened my understanding of the precast world by showing me how many areas precast can be in construction and its versatility in design.  
What advice would you give to current CIM students?  
Ask questions. Everyone you meet has different experiences and skills. Learn as much as you can from everyone to broaden your knowledge and network. Talk to anyone you can about what they do and never stop learning.  
Our Program is Growing!
As we begin our second year as a CIM program, we are thrilled that our program continues to grow. We currently have a total of eight students which include three sophomores and five freshmen. One of our sophomores is actually a junior and is slated to graduate in the spring of 2024.

Our classes this fall included 101, 120 and 210/lab.
Fall Field Trips
The 101 class is an overview of the industry, and as such it is heavy with field trips and industry guest speakers. So far, we have visited two local ready-mix plants, a local aggregate plant, and the local cement terminal. Upcoming trips will include the Gage Brothers precast plant in Sioux Falls, the Cemcast pipe plant in Harford and the AMCON block plant in Harrisburg.
The CIM 101 class at the LG Everist plant in Brookings. From left to right, Jaivyn DeBoer, Peter Benson, Anthony Valland, Kaiser Croell, and Zane Derynck accompanied by plant superintendent Cody Currier.
The sophomore class visited a mainline paving project on the Minnesota/South Dakota border at the invitation from Matt Zeller of the Concrete Pavement Association of Minnesota (CPAMN.) Matt, along with CPAMN’s Dan Labo and project manager Todd Callahan from PCI roads showed us around the batch plant, paving train operations and the onsite quality control lab. What a great experience for our students!
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Texas State Announces New CIM Program Director
The Department of Engineering Technology at Texas State University recently announced the appointment of Ryan Penlerick, MA, CPC as the new director of the CIM program effective Oct. 1.  Penlerick has been a member of the Texas State University family for two years, having taught undergraduate coursework in the Construction Science and Management program since 2019. Read more details here.

“I am very excited to be joining the Department of Engineering Technology as the CIM program director,” said Penlerick. “I believe the CIM program is a fantastic model of a curriculum that best delivers on the needs of the industry, which gives our graduates an immediate opportunity for success.”
On The Road Again!
Travel season has officially begun! Students and faculty recently attended the American Society Of Concrete Contractors'. Conference in Ohio, National Ready Mix Concrete Association's ConcreteWorks in Colorado, Cement Council of Texas in Arlington and the American Concrete Institute's Fall Convention in Dallas.

Travel to industry events is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about relevant industry needs, network with industry professionals and show students the FUN that occurs in the industry!
CIM Students Represent at Industry Fair
For the first time, members of the Texas State ACI student chapter had a table at the construction and concrete industries fair. Students, (left to right) Flynn, Hollis, Drew and Gavin met with representatives from companies before the fair started! We are thrilled to see these students take initiative and represent their program and their chapter!