University of Pittsburgh concrete researcher Julie M. Vandenbossche has received the American Concrete Pavement Association’s 2014 Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement for more than 25 years of concrete pavement work.
The award is given to an individual or group making “significant contributions to advance the development and implementation of technical innovations and best practices in the design and construction of concrete pavements.”
Vandenbossche was honored for her work on the design of concrete overlays on asphalt pavements, design models which ACPA says offer the concrete pavement industry new opportunities in the “industry’s quest to provide quality alternatives to traditional asphalt resurfacing.”
The Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement is named in honor of the second ACPA chief executive. Marlin J. Knutson served in that role from 1988 to 1998, and “was a staunch advocate for technical service and technology transfer.” It has been awarded annually since 1998.
ACPA also has recognized Larry Engbrecht with its Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award for his “professional approach and honorable, straightforward nature as Executive Director of the South Dakota Chapter-ACPA.”
The association says Engbrechts actions have “built a trustful environment where the South Dakota DOT and industry partner together to find mutually beneficial solutions using concrete pavements.” ACPA cites the results being a stable market for concrete paving and the introduction of concrete overlays as a “tool in the DOT’s toolbox.“
ACPA has presented the Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award on a selective basis since 1998. It’s given to an individual or group “significant contributions through promotion efforts or programs to advance the awareness, specification, and/or placement of concrete pavements.” Recipient are required to be an employee of an ACPA member-company, ACPA national staff or staff of a local chapter/state association affiliated with ACPA.