ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.

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CONCRETE CALENDAR August 2-7, 2015 AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Annual Meeting Marriott Pittsburgh City Center Pittsburgh, Pa. September 9-11, 2015 2015 Western Bridge Engineers' Seminar The Peppermill Hotel Reno, Nev. September 15-17, 2015 Fall 2015 National Concrete Consortium Meeting Hyatt Regency Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisc. October 7-9, 2015 2015 PTI Committee Days Harrah's New Orleans Hotel New Orleans, La. October 15-18, 2015 PCI 2015 Fall Committee Days and Membership Conference Louisville Convention Center Louisville, Ky. November 2-3, 2015 ASBI 27th Annual Convention Omni Dallas Hotel Dallas, Tex. November 8-12, 2015 ACI Fall Convention Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Denver, Colo. December 7-8, 2015 2015 National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference Hyatt Regency Hotel Miami, Fla. January 10-14, 2016 Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, D.C. February 1-5, 2016 World of Concrete 2016 Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, Nev. March 1-5, 2016 2016 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference at the Precast Show Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Nashville, Tenn. April 11-12, 2016 ASBI 2016 Grouting Certification Training J. J. Pickle Research Campus Austin, Tex., Fla. April 17-21, 2016 ACI Spring Convention Hyatt & Frontier Airlines Center Milwaukee. Wis.Nev. April 20-22, 2016 2016 DBIA Design-Build in Transportation Conference Charlotte Convention Center Charlotte, N.C. April 24-27, 2016 2016 PTI Convention Long Beach, Calif. NEW PCI PRESIDENT The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has named Robert J. Risser its new president. Risser has more than 20 years executive association management experience and, prior to joining PCI, was the president and CEO of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) in Schaumburg, Ill. Bob serves the ACI Foundation as a member of the board of directors for the Strategic Development Council and the executive committee of the Concrete Research Council. Risser received his master's and bachelor's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and is a registered professional engineer. CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS Dr. Oguzhan Bayrak is a professor at the University of the University of Texas System Board of Regents' outstanding teaching award in 2012 and was inducted into the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2014. Frederick Gottemoeller is an engineer and architect, who specializes in the aesthetic aspects of bridges and highways. He is the author of Bridgescape, a reference book on aesthetics and was deputy administrator of the Maryland State Highway Administration. Dr. Benjamin A. Graybeal is the team leader for bridge and foundation engineering within the U.S. Federal Highway Administration's Office of Infrastructure Research. He also leads the structural concrete research program. Dr. Gary G. Greene Jr. is an Assistant Professor at Trine University in Angola, Ind. He was previously a part of the contract research staff with Professional Service Industries Inc. at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. Dr. Dennis R. Mertz is professor of civil engineering at the University of Delaware. Formerly with Modjeski and Masters Inc. when the LRFD Specifications were first written, he has continued to be actively involved in their development. Brett H. Pielstick is a senior vice president/principal at Eisman & Russo Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla. He is author of the 2007 and 2012 ASBI Durability Survey Report of Segmental Bridge and is chair of ASBI Bridge Condition Advisory Committee.

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