Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor James K. Wight has been inducted as a 2020 Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in recognition of his contribution to the work of ACI and the concrete industry.
Honorary Member, the ACI’s highest honor, recognizes persons of eminence in the field of the Institute’s interest, or one who has performed extraordinary meritorious service to the Institute.
Wight received Honorary Membership “for improving the design and safety of reinforced concrete buildings through outstanding leadership in research, teaching and professional service.”
Wight has been an active member of ACI since 1973, the year he began teaching at the University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was named a Fellow of the Institute in 1984. He is a Past President of ACI and a past member of the ACI Board of Direction.
Wight is well known for his work in earthquake-resistant design of concrete structures. His 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 critical members or regions of concrete structures.