ACI bestows national award on CCNY engineer Ardavan Yazdanbakhsh

A focus of civil engineer Ardavan Yazdanbakhsh’s research at The City College of New York is the development of sustainable concrete -- key to modern construction. His research on concrete sustainability and his expertise in sharing his knowledge with middle school and college students in Harlem has earned him the American Concrete Institute’s Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award.

Assistant professor in CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering, Yazdanbakhsh, will receive the honor on March 24 at ACI’s spring 2019 convention in Quebec City, Canada.

The award recognizes junior faculty members for excellence and innovation in the teaching of concrete design, materials, or construction. It’s given out in memory of Walter P. Moore, Jr., ACI Fellow, former ACI Board member, and a structural engineer and educator in Texas.

The honor from the ACI Board of Direction is specifically for Yazdanbakhsh’s “innovative and broad-reaching ways of educating students from middle school through college about environmentally-conscious concrete design," said Ronald G. Burg, ACI executive vice president.

In June 2017, Yazdanbakhsh led a workshop at the Grove School for students from nearby Hamilton Grange Middle School. The young engineers got hands-on, in-depth exposure to the many qualities of concrete. They also learned why it is among the world’s leading choice material for building construction.

“Part of concrete’s attractiveness is the availability of the raw materials and the low-cost of production,” said Yazdanbakhsh, adding “environmental considerations must be taken into account when using concrete as it is one of the largest emitters of CO2 during the production of its components.”

The program was in partnership with the New York City Department of Design and Construction, the NYC Department of Education and the After-School All- Stars Program.

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