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PCI Announces 2011 Educator Awards
September 28, 2011

Dr. Antoine E. “Tony” Naaman, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, was named Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) Distinguished Educator for 2011. Dr. Sergio F. Breña, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, was chosen as the 2011 PCI Young Educator Achievement Award recipient. Awards will be presented during the 2011 PCI Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October.

Dr. Naaman joined PCI as a student member in 1970. His contributions to PCI and the precast/prestressed concrete industry as a whole have been consistent in the areas of teaching, research, and outreach. Early in his career, Dr. Naaman taught at the University of Illinois–Chicago before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1983. At both universities he developed and taught a sequence of courses on prestressed concrete, one for undergraduates and the next for graduate students. The Selection Committee noted that Dr. Naaman has been dedicated to educating the future workforce through concrete design courses for his entire teaching career.

Dr. Naaman’s research has led to more than 300 technical publications, nearly 80 discussing prestressed concrete. He is the author of a text titled Prestressed Concrete Analysis and Design: Fundamentals, the current edition of which contains more than 1100 pages and is used in many classrooms around the country as the basis for courses on prestressed concrete.

After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, Dr. Sergio Breña began his career at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, where he is currently an associate professor. In the first decade of his career, Professor Breña has fostered a close relationship with the precast concrete structures industry, actively participating in the annual PCI Big Beam Contest and conducting Basic Prestressed Concrete courses at the Unistress Corp. plant in Pittsfield, Mass. Professor Breña was also instrumental in developing PCI’s recent product Prestressed in a Box (P-I-B), a kit that contains various precast-specific presentations that professors can use in the classroom and the texts referenced therein. As a member of the PCI Student Education Committee (SEC), Breña embraced the project from conception to completion and “put in a tremendous number of hours to get the project done,” according to SEC Chairman Dr. Richard Miller.

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