March 2019
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Concrete Industry Management (CIM) eNews
CIM Holds Record-Setting Auction at World of Concrete
On Jan. 23, the National Steering Committee for CIM held our annual auction at World of Concrete. The auction broke records both in terms of the value of donated items and number of attendees at the auction. Thank you to the numerous companies who donated items to the auction and for making it a complete success. Thank you for your support.
Next NSC meeting at New Jersey Institute of Technology
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will play host for the next CIM NSC and Board of Directors' meeting on June 19-20. For more information on the meeting, please contact Nicole Maher.
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ACI names Chico State Excellent University for 2018
This ACI award for university student activities identifies universities that qualify for excellent or outstanding status, based on points received for their participation in select
ACI-related activities/programs. Thirty-five universities were designated as Excellent and 80 as Outstanding for 2018. This marks the third year Chico State’s chapter has placed, and the first year in the Excellent category.

Chico State's ACI Student Chapter includes more than 25 members and the group is actively involved in community service projects like the playground expansion at Caper Acres and courtyard at Sierra View Elementary School. The chapter also provides professional development and competitions for student members. 
Chico State CIM students raise funds for those affected by Camp Fire
Last November, the Camp Fire burned through communities east of Chico, severely affecting many in the Chico State community. Nearly 1,000 students and employees were displaced during the fire, with more than 300 ultimately losing their homes.

To provide short-term funds to assist those affected, the university established the  Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund . As of Feb. 12, the recovery fund has raised more than $694,000 and aided 534 students, faculty and staff. We are proud that the construction management department raised more than $50,000 in the fundraising effort.
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MTSU CIM holds graduation
We are proud to announce that on Dec. 15, 2018, 21 MTSU students graduated with a degree in CIM program. Of the 21 students, 10 decided on a career path in concrete contracting while 11 graduates will be following a concentration in production, sales and service. Hiring employers for these CIM graduates include:
Concrete Contracting: Doster Construction, Goodall Homes, Lithko Contracting, Missoula Concrete Construction (MIT), Whiting-Turner

Production, Sales and Service: Argos Ready Mix (SC), Cemex (FL), Command Alkon (AL), Doster Construction, Irving Materials, Inc., National Ready Mix Concrete Co. (CA), VCNA (IL)

Congratulations to all of our graduates!
MTSU sponsors fall student events
The MTSU CIM program was very busy during the fall of 2018. Activities included a Patron’s Meeting, Skeet Shoot and auction (auction raised $12,930), tour of the concrete lab by Smyrna High School students, International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) hosted their Mid-South meeting on campus in November (students were invited to attend), CIM 4060 toured the Buzzi Unicem cement plant in Chattanooga and CIM 3050 put their flatwork skills to the test at a pour on campus. 
Brown honored by Tennessee Concrete Association
On Feb. 7, Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) School of Concrete and Construction Management Director Heather Brown was inducted into the Tennessee Concrete Association’s (TCA) Lifetime Hall of Fame . The honor was part of the Concrete Excellence Awards luncheon. The primary purpose of the TCA, which was formed in 1986, is to promote the use of ready mixed concrete in Tennessee. (Photo credit for above image: Randy Weiler.)
This recognition of Brown by the TCA is just one of her recent recognitions including:
  • 2017: Recognized by Concrete Construction magazine as one of the “Most Influential People in the Industry.”
  • 2016: Recognized by the MTSU National Women’s History month committee as an “Outstanding Female Influence on Campus.”
  • 2015: “Top 10 Women in Business” by Murfreesboro Magazine.

Congratulations Dr. Brown!
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NJIT CIM students attend World of Concrete
CIM senior students along with Dr. Mahgoub traveled to Las Vegas during the week of January 20 to attend World of Concrete. On Jan. 21, the students competed with students from Middle Tennessee State University, California State University-Chico and Texas State University in the Weatherton Award competition. On Jan. 22, the students manned the CIM booth and visited the exhibits and finally, on Jan. 23, the group volunteered at the CIM Annual Auction which raised more than $1.2 million in donations. It was a great experience for all who attended. 
Where are NJIT CIM graduates now?
Have you checked out the NJIT CIM Facebook page recently? We have been spotlighting CIM alumni and what their career path has been since their graduation from the CIM program. So far, we have profiled Majil’e McCray who is a project manager with the NRMCA building promotion team. Read more about Majil’e here . Major Capital Projects Associate Donia Abdelmotaal is the second CIM alumni that we profiled. Find out about Donia’s work at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey here . 
Majil’e McCray, Project Manager
NRMCA Building Promotion Team
Donia Abdelmotaal, Major Capital Projects Associate, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
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Texas State holds graduation
Texas State University held their fall graduation for students on Dec. 15. We are proud to note that 100 percent of CIM graduates had employment upon graduation. Employers included contractors, ready mix and aggregate producers and a precast manufacturer.
Graduation is special no matter where it takes place, but Texas State graduations are very extraordinary. Jumping into the San Marcos River after commencement is a long-held Texas State tradition. After each ceremony, graduates line up along the banks of the river and then jump to signify the end of their time at the university. Many of our grads took the leap!
On the road with Texas State CIM
The Texas State CIM students and faculty are on the road during the 2018-19 school year at numerous professional conferences. Recently, the group has attended:
ICRI Fall Convention 2018 – Omaha, Neb. – Nov. 7-9, 2018
World of Concrete 2019 – Las Vegas – Jan. 22-25, 2019

Students and faculty will attend the following upcoming conferences:
The Precast Show 2019 – Louisville, KY – Feb. 28-March 2, 2019
ACI Spring Conference 2019 – Quebec City – March 24-28, 2019
Patrons' Board provides generous donation
We are thrilled to announce that the Texas State Patrons Group has committed $50,000 toward the purchase of a new high shear mixer for the program. This mixer, which will be used for research, will be the second high shear mixer for research in Texas.

Our Patrons Board includes a total of 28 members. The following are new members since May 2018:
Ashley Mikolas – Baker Concrete
Brad Bowman – Allied Concrete
Chris Crouch – Permian Basin Materials
David Perkins – TACA
John Malcolm – Troy Vines Concrete
Mark Snyder – Lithko Contracting
Rodney McCarn – Oldcastle Materials
Stephen Wild – Lehigh Hanson
Travis Mouser (Alumnus) – Martin Marietta
James Robb – Euclid
Brian Carson – Osburn Contractors
Get to Know:
Nikolaos Adel-Fahim Benyamin, a junior at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Why did you choose to attend NJIT?
The reason I chose NJIT was because it had a variety of engineering majors and I knew I wanted to be an engineer. Once my sister told me about the CIM program, I knew I wanted to do that along with Construction Engineering Technology. Since NJIT is the only college to provide CIM in the northeast region, NJIT was the path for me. 

Have you participated in any internships during your time at NJIT?
The summer of 2017, I obtained a 10-week internship at Garden State Precast. In those 10 weeks, I had a week to learn and work in specific departments, such as sales and estimating, project managers, production, quality control, etc. At the end of my internship, I got an official job at the company as a quality control technician. I currently still work at Garden State Precast.

How has CIM prepared you for working in the concrete industry?
CIM is the reason why I am prepared to work in the concrete industry. There are multiple CIM classes that teaches students all aspects of concrete. Many of these classes are hands-on work which gives me more experience and expectations for the industry. Also, through the CIM program, I became the President of NJIT ACI Student Chapter which helped me gained more networking opportunities in the industry, as well as ACI competitions that help me use out-of-the-box thinking to compete against other
college teams.

What advice would you give to someone considering joining the CIM program?
My advice is get involved early. If you’re interesting in construction, CIM is a very good asset to have because concrete has many applications in the construction industry. You will be exposed to the industry with hands-on work and experience. It is a great program.