Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor James Wight began his two-year term as Vice President. He will later serve one year as President and a final year as Past-President. The American Concrete Institute is an international nonprofit professional organization with over 20,000 members. It is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan and has an annual operating budget of approximately $14 million dollars. Professor Wight is the F.E. Richart Jr. Collegiate Professor of Civil Engineering. He has been a professor in the structural engineering area of the civil and environmental engineering department since September 1973, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on structural analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. An active member of ACI since 1973, Wight was named a Fellow of the Institute in 1984 and previously served on the ACI Board of Direction. He is a past chair of the ACI Technical Activities Committee; ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code; and ACI-ASCE Joint Committee 352, Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures. He is a past president of the ACI Greater Michigan Chapter. Wight is known for his work in earthquake-resistant design of concrete structures. His more recent research has concentrated on the strength and inelastic behavior of connections in composite structures (reinforced concrete and steel) and the use of high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete composites for earthquake-resistant design of critical members in concrete structures. He has been involved with post-earthquake damage studies following earthquakes in Mexico, Chile, Armenia, Egypt, California, Japan, and India. ACI has honored Wight with the Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award, the Joe W. Kelly Award, the Arthur J. Boase Award, the Alfred E. Lindau Award, and the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research. He has also received the Arthur Y. Moy Award from the ACI Greater Michigan Chapter for outstanding service in the field of concrete technology. At the University of Michigan, Wight has received awards for his teaching and service, including the ASCE Student Chapter Teacher of the Year Award (several times), the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Service and Teaching Excellence Awards, the Rackham Graduate School Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, and the State of Michigan Award for Outstanding Teaching. He has also received distinguished alumni awards from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments of the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. Wight received his BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Michigan State University in 1969 and 1970, and his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1973.
James K. Wight begins two-year term as American Concrete Institute Vice President