The ACI Foundation has established the Burg-Coleman Iowa State ‘77 Fellowship. This new fellowship is funded through a generous $75,000 donation from Ronald G. Burg, ACI executive vice president, and Jeffrey W. Coleman, ACI president, 2020-2021.
Burg and Coleman are both 1977 graduates of Iowa State University College of Engineering: Coleman with a degree in civil engineering in ’76 and a master’s in structural engineering in ’77, and Burg with a degree in civil engineering degree in ’77.
“I’m so pleased that this fellowship supports several of my passions – Iowa State, the ACI Foundation, and preparing our future engineering industry leaders,” stated Burg.
The fellowship will be administered by the ACI Foundation and awarded annually to students who are studying an advanced degree in civil engineering with a focus on concrete structures or materials. Preference will go to candidates who study at Iowa State, and subsequently to students who are full-time residents of Iowa at the time of application for the Fellowship. This new fellowship will be open for student applicants in mid-2021 for the ACI Foundation’s 2022-2023 awards cycle.
“I now have time to reflect on my career and my year as ACI President,” stated Coleman. “I can say without hesitation that ISU set me on the path to the ACI Presidency as well as my career in general. I cannot think of anything more meaningful than supporting ISU CE students and, hopefully, developing in them a similar passion for the concrete industry.”
Jeffrey W. Coleman, PE, FACI, is an attorney that focuses his practice on construction law, professional liability defense, concrete construction, and general business law, including insurance and coverage. Mr. Coleman’s practice as a structural engineer started in 1977, and he shifted his focus in 1984 to his current law practice. He is a licensed engineer in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin and a licensed attorney in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Nationally known for his knowledge and experience in the area of concrete construction, Coleman has also represented design professionals in all matters of their business, including defense of multimillion-dollar design defect and negligent construction administration claims. He is the only attorney who has been named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (FACI).
Ronald G. Burg, P.E., FACI, has served as the executive vice president of the American Concrete Institute since 2010. An ACI member since 1984, Burg has served on ACI’s board of direction and is also a past member and chair of ACI’s Technical Activities Committee. A licensed professional engineer in a number of states, Burg received his BS in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 1977. He has held membership with several other industry associations, including the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and ASTM International.
The ACI Foundation offers fellowship and scholarship opportunities to students whose studies relate to the concrete industry. To learn more about the ACI Foundation and its councils, visit ACIFoundation.org.