The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has appointed Ronald G. Burg, formerly vice president at CTLGroup, as executive vice president of ACI. Current ACI executive vice president William R. Tolley will retire from ACI at the end of June, after 35 years of service to the Institute. Burg will join the 100-member ACI staff at its Farmington Hills, Mich. headquarters on July 6.
“As an engineer who has worked my entire career in the concrete industry as a researcher, consultant, and practitioner, I can think of a no more exciting opportunity than to join the staff of the American Concrete Institute,” said Ronald G. Burg. “Throughout my professional career, I have always been very impressed with the role ACI plays in the engineering and construction community as the prime source of knowledge, insight, and influence regarding concrete and its applications. As executive vice president, I look forward to working with ACI’s staff, volunteer members, and the international concrete community as we continue the outstanding history of ACI in providing unparalleled knowledge and insight on all aspects of concrete technology.”
Burg began his extensive concrete and construction career with Professional Services Industries, Inc. as a staff engineer, manager of construction services, and eventually quality assurance coordinator at the LaSalle Nuclear Power Plant. In 1983, Burg joined the staff of CTLGroup, where he moved up the ranks, beginning with research engineer, quality assurance coordinator, senior research engineer, manager of fire/thermal technology, director of materials technology, principal engineer, and eventually vice president.
During his career at CTLGroup, Burg specialized in litigation, arbitration, and claims support with respect to concrete technology issues, including compliance, construction methodology, strength assessment, durability issues, and in-place performance. Burg played an integral role in the advancement of high-strength concrete, high-performance concrete, and lightweight concrete, including managing multi-disciplinary research and consulting projects, designing and analyzing these specialty concretes, and developing technical seminars and training sessions.
An ACI member since 1984, Burg is a Fellow of ACI and has been active in the Institute. Previously, Burg served on ACI’s Board of Direction, and is a past member and chair of ACI’s Technical Activities Committee. Burg is a member and past chair of Committee 363, High-Strength Concrete, and serves on several other ACI technical committees, including Committee 130, Sustainability of Concrete; Committee 209, Creep and Shrinkage in Concrete; Committee 213, Lightweight Aggregate and Concrete; Committee 216, Fire Resistance and Fire Protection of Structures; and Committee 311, Inspection of Concrete. Additionally, Burg serves on ACI’s Certification Programs Committee, Educational Activities Committee New Programs Task Force, Financial Advisory Committee, and Responsibility in Concrete Construction Committee.
In 2001, Burg received ACI’s Wason Medal for Materials Research for his research on “Compression Testing of HSC: Latest Technology.” The medal is awarded to members of the Institute who report and publish original research work on concrete materials and their use, or introduce a discovery that advances the state of knowledge of materials used in the construction industry.
Burg is also a member of several other industry associations, including the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and ASTM International.
Burg has authored numerous published papers and publications dealing with the response of cementitious materials to elevated temperatures and harsh environmental conditions; the design, analysis, and production of high-strength concrete and lightweight concrete; thermal performance of various building materials; long-term, non-elastic behavior of concrete; and heat development in high-strength concrete mixes.
A registered professional engineer in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and North Carolina, Burg received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University.