Anne M. Ellis Elected President of ACI
Dean A. Browning, FACI, is the Project Director of the Charles Pankow Foundation, Vancouver, WA. He is a member of ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code; the Concrete Research Council; the Hot Topic Committee; and Subcommittees 318-A, General Concrete and Construction, and 318-B, Reinforcement and Development. He is a past Chair of the Hot Topic Committee and a past member of the Educational Activities Committee and Convention Committee.
While living in the San Francisco Bay area, Browning was a member of the ACI Northern California and Western Nevada Chapter, where he served as President, Board of Direction member, and Co-Chair of the ACI Fall 2004 Centennial Convention held in San Francisco, CA. He was named a Fellow of ACI in 2006.
Prior to joining the Charles Pankow Foundation in 2011, Browning retired from Charles Pankow Builders, where he worked for 37 years, primarily in the San Francisco office. While at Pankow Builders, he started as a Field Engineer and retired as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, serving in many field and office positions during his career. Most of these positions included managing significant design-build projects, with duties that included managing both the design and the construction team. While at Pankow Builders, Browning was a speaker on techniques for managing multiple disciplines during a design-build project and a past member of the Design-Build Institute of America.
A native of Indiana, he received his BS in 1971 and MS in 1974 in civil engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, where he met Charles Pankow, who convinced him to move to the West Coast. Between his BS and MS degrees at Purdue, Browning worked for the State of Indiana Highway Department as a Highway Engineer at the Research and Training Center in West Lafayette, IN, studying the impact of research projects funded by state and federal programs.
At the Charles Pankow Foundation, Browning is responsible for administering 21 active research grants funded by the Foundation for immediate and practical use to practitioners in building design and construction. Many of the grants target structural concrete issues needing material testing and analysis to justify significant code changes.
Cary S. Kopczynski, FACI, is Senior Principal and CEO of Cary Kopczynski & Company, Inc. (CKC), a structural engineering firm based in Bellevue, WA. CKC provides structural design services for major urban projects throughout the United States and beyond. The firm has won over 35 regional and national awards and has twice been selected by ZweigWhite and Structural Engineer magazine as a top structural engineering firm to work for.
Kopczynski is a member of ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code; the Financial Advisory Committee; and Subcommittees 318-C, Safety, Serviceability, and Analysis; 318-B, Reinforcement and Development; and 318-WA, International Workshop-Structural Concrete in the Americas. He is a past Chair of ACI Subcommittee 318-F, Two-Way Slabs; and previously served on Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 352, Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures, and the Strategic Planning Task Group. He is a Past President of the ACI Washington Chapter and was named a Fellow of ACI in 1999.
He is a Fellow of the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and an Honorary Member of the Wire Reinforcement Institute. He chairs the PTI Technical Advisory Board; is a member of PTI Committee DC-20, Building Design; and serves on PTI’s Board of Directors. ENR magazine selected Kopczynski as one of the “Top 25 Newsmakers for 2007” based on CKC’s pioneering work in the use of high-strength reinforcing bar for seismic confinement.
Kopczynski is a licensed professional civil and structural engineer in many states. He received his BS in civil engineering from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, and did graduate studies in structural engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Kevin A. MacDonald, FACI, is President and Principal, Beton Consulting Engineers LLC, Mendota Heights, MN, with specific expertise in the production and performance of concrete. He is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota and Ontario, Canada, and was named a Fellow of ACI in 2004. MacDonald is Co-Chair of ACI Subcommittee 130-B, Production/Transport/Construction; Vice-Chair of ACI Committee 306, Cold Weather Concreting; Secretary of ACI Committee 132, Responsibility in Concrete Construction; Chair of the NACE Task Group; and Chair of the TAC Awards Task Group. He is a member of ACI Committees 130, Sustainability of Concrete; 223, Shrinkage-Compensating Concrete; 301, Specifications for Concrete; 302, Construction of Concrete Slabs on Ground; 560, Design and Construction with Insulating Concrete Forms; C620, Laboratory Technician Certification; the Financial Advisory Committee; the Session Review Task Group; TAC Design Standards Committee; and the Technical Activities Committee. He also serves on ACI Subcommittees 301-G, Shrinkage Compensating Concrete and Industrial Floor Slabs; 318-WA, International Workshop-Structural Concrete in the Americas; and C601-D, Decorative Concrete Finisher.
MacDonald is the current President of the ACI Minnesota Chapter and serves on the Steering Committee of the Aggregate and Ready Mix Association of Minnesota, a local sponsoring group offering ACI certification. He is a member of ASTM Committees C01, Cement; C09, Concrete and Concrete Aggregates; and C15, Manufactured Masonry Units; the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); and Professional Engineers Ontario. He has published a number of papers dealing with the durability of concrete and practical aspects of the production of high-performance concrete using large quantities of recycled materials. He is a recipient of the ASCE Charles Pankow Award for Innovation for work on high-performance concretes with 98% reclaimed materials.
MacDonald received his Baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering, cum laude, from the University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada. He was awarded the University of Windsor Board of Governors Medal for highest standing in class, as well as the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Medal for Academic Achievement. He also received his master’s degree and PhD in engineering materials from the University of Windsor. His dissertation and theses dealt with chloride ion-induced corrosion of steel in concrete and designing concrete for transport and resistivity properties.
David M. Suchorski, FACI, is Senior Technical Services Manager/Sales Manager for the Ash Grove Cement Company, Des Moines, IA, and has more than 30 years of experience in the cement and concrete industries. He is Chair of the ACI Educational Activities Committee and ACI Committee 308, Curing Concrete. He is a member of the Convention Committee and ACI Committees 124, Concrete Aesthetics; 225, Hydraulic Cements; 303, Architectural Cast-in-Place Concrete; 330, Concrete Parking Lots and Site Paving; 522, Pervious Concrete; and E701, Materials for Concrete Construction. Suchorski is also a member of ACI Subcommittees 308-A, Curing-Guide; 308-B, Curing-Specifications; 308-E, Internal Curing; and C601-B, Concrete Quality Technical Manager; the Task Group on ETC Product Development; and the Task Group on International Chapters. He was named a Fellow of ACI in 2011.
Suchorski has served as President of the ACI Kansas and Iowa-Minnesota Chapters and is a member of the ACI Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas Chapters. He is also an active member of ASTM International, Portland Cement Association, and many regional concrete associations. Suchorski received his BS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, in 1977. He is a licensed professional engineer in Kansas and Wisconsin.
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