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Surendra P. Shah Makes Donation to Establish New ACI Foundation Fellowship

Parul Dubey on December 4, 2020 - in News, People

Community Invited to Donate to Fully Fund Fellowship


FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.  – In commemoration of a recent $50,000 donation from Surendra P. Shah., Ph.D., Hon. MACI, the ACI Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of the new S.P. Shah Fellowship.  This new fellowship will be open for Ph.D. student applicants in mid-2021 for the ACI Foundation’s 2022-2023 awards cycle. 

Surendra P. Shah

Surendra P. Shah currently serves as the Presidential Distinguished Professor, University of Texas, and Walter P. Murphy Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University.

Professor Shah has been actively involved with research in concrete technology. His current research deals with using nano technology to enhance the performance at macro scale. Shah has published more 500 journal articles, and is an honorary member of ACI, RILEM and ASCE. He was the founding director of USNSF funded center of Advanced Cement Based Materials. This interdisciplinary center, based at Northwestern University included Universities of Illinois, Michigan, and Purdue and NIST. Currently he is the director of the Center of Advanced Construction Materials at University of Texas at Arlington.

A fundraising campaign led by ACI Past President David Lange, Kejin Wang, and several additional former students of Shah is aiming to raise an additional $25,000 from the concrete community to fully fund the S.P. Shah Fellowship through 2027. 

“Professor Shah has been so generous and dedicated to his students, industry partners, and now to the ACI Foundation,” stated Lange. “He has had a profound impact on numerous careers in the concrete industry. We have a deep gratitude for everything he has done as an advisor and mentor.”

Details on applying for the ACI Foundation’s inaugural S.P. Shah Fellowship will be announced in mid-2021.  To contribute toward fully funding the fellowship, visit the “Giving” section of ACIFoundation.org


The ACI Foundation was established in 1989 to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration and is a wholly owned and operated non-profit subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute. Three councils make up the ACI Foundation; the Strategic Development Council, committed to resolving the issues of new technology acceptance within the concrete industry; the Concrete Research Council, which funds and assists in the research of new concrete technologies; and the Scholarship Council which facilitates student fellowships and scholarships.


For more information, please contact:

Julie Webb
American Concrete Institute
[email protected]



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