November 2020, Volume 36, Issue 8 Print

President's Memo

I’ve always enjoyed fall. The hot and humid Chicago summer weather transitions to brisk fall days. College football returns and usually by now, Illinois unfortunately settles in at the bottom of the Big Ten conference standings. Projects start to wrap up for the year and certification classes get going in earnest.

While some things are still the same this year, ACI-IL has had to transition in many ways because of the pandemic. Our certification program is currently operating with reduced class sizes and additional safety procedures in place, but the good news is that classes are continuing. We are looking forward to a busy certification season. Please check the website for the latest information and sign up early!

We will be having our first virtual chapter meeting on November 18th. Amir Hajibabaee, Ph.D., Research Engineer, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, will present on the impact of curing and alternative cementitious materials on drying shrinkage. It will be a free event and will be more than your average lunch time webinar. This will be a great alternative for those that usually attend the dinner meetings and also a new opportunity to get involved for those that might not be able to regularly attend dinner meetings. I hope everyone will join and make this a success! Beyond the virtual chapter meeting, we will be increasing our presence on Facebook and LinkedIn to regain some of the interaction lost with the reduction of in-person events. Thanks to LinkedIn power user and board member, Joe Carlson, for recently creating our page. Please check out our pages, register for the virtual chapter meeting, and get involved!

Dan Gancarz
ACI-IL President 2020-2021


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Calendar of Events

Virtual Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, November 18
12 pm
Topic: Impact of Curing and Alternative Cementitious Materials on Drying Shrinkage
Speaker: Amir Hajibabaee, Ph.D.- Research Engineer, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.

Board Meetings
We hope you'll take the time to join us for our board meetings as they go virtual for now:
Thursday, November 19 - 3:30 pm
If you are interested in attending, please e-mail [email protected] for more information.


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ACI-IL Virtual Chapter Meeting

Please join us for our November virtual chapter meeting.

When: Wednesday, November 18

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

Topic: Impact of Curing and Alternative Cementitious Materials on Drying Shrinkage

Speaker: Amir Hajibabaee, Ph.D.- Research Engineer, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.

Bio: Amir Hajibabaee, Ph.D. is a Research Engineer for Ozinga’s Research & Development Laboratory in Chicago. Amir got his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran in Iran. He then traveled to the U.S. where he was able to complete his Masters in Structural Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He also completed his PhD in Structural Engineering under Dr. Tyler Ley at Oklahoma State University. Amir has co-authored numerous papers and articles on a large range of concrete topics including shrinkage, mix proportioning, use of supplementary cementitious materials, curing methods and much much more.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Find us on LinkedIn and Facebook

We hope you’ll join us on LinkedIn:
and Facebook: ACI Illinois Chapter

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Meet New Board Member

My name is Jackie Ferraro. I have worked in the industry as a concrete petrographer for seven years and am currently working as such at CTLGroup in Skokie, IL. My expertise includes evaluating concrete products and concrete-making materials using various forms of microscopy and petrographic methods. I am more than happy to be involved with this well-esteemed ACI Chapter and excited to be collaborating with fellow industry colleagues! Hope to meet more of you soon!

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Golf Outing Update

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2020 ACI golf outing at our new location Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge.   

It was held on October 5th with over 50 golfers and 22 sponsors it was a tremendous success.  It was a beautiful fall day (a little windy) to spend with friends and colleagues.  The event included lunch, golf, and an awards dinner with Yeti themed raffle prizes. 

We would like to thank our Corporate sponsors below, without their generous donations, this event would not be possible.  We would also like to thank Seven Bridges for helping us to safely hold this event.  We are already planning an event for next year and would like your input.  If you have any suggestions or comments about this year’s outing or the planning of next years please send me a note at [email protected]

We appreciate everyone’s support during these difficult times and once again, thank you to our sponsors:


Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company

Euclid Chemical

Flood Testing Laboratories, Inc.

GCP Applied Technologies

Illinois Cement Company

Jensen Hughes

Master Builders Solutions

McHugh Concrete Construction Inc.

Oremus Material

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.

Prairie Material

Sika Corporation

Skyway Cement Company

St. Marys Cement Inc. (U.S.)

Universal Construction Testing

Vulcan Materials Company

Welsch Ready Mix Inc.

Wille Brothers Company

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Upcoming Certification Sessions

Classes have started up again. Due to the COVID restrictions, class sizes have been reduced and we are taking careful sanitary measures.

Friday, Nov. 6th - SCC Testing Technician - Elmhurst
Tues/Wed, Nov. 10/11 - Grade 1 Concrete Field Testing - Elmhurst

To register, please download forms from our website: or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

We are opening more classes as people show interest. If you are interested in attending a class that is not listed, please e-mail your information along with what class to: [email protected] and we will notify you once a class becomes available.


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Certification Sponsors

Thank you to our Certification Sponsors!

Certification GOLD Sponsors:

Certification SILVER Sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring?
Contact Pete Stamatopoulos at 630-804-9577.

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