Special Sessions

Professor Li Session

Dr. Victor Li is the E.B. Wylie Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interest is in multifunctional concrete materials targeted at enhancing infrastructure sustainability and resiliency. He led the research team that invented Engineering Cementitious Composites, popularly known as “Bendable Concrete”. In 2012, Professor Li was named a “Thousand Talent Specialist” in China. Professor Li received the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award (2015) and the Distinguished Faculty Award (2006) from the University of Michigan. In 2005, he received the Stephen S. Attwood award, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. In 2004, Professor Li was honored by the Technical University of Denmark with a “Doctor technics honoris causa” in recognition of his “outstanding, innovative contributions to materials research and engineering and providing our society and the construction industry with new, safe and sustainable building materials”. Professor Li is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the World Innovation Forum, and the American Concrete Institute. His research and societal impacts have been featured in the CBS Evening News, the Discovery Channel, the Architectural Record, the American Ceramic Society, the Portland Cement Association, and the Forbes Magazine.

Professor Rokugo Session

Professor Keitetsu Rokugo earned his Bachelor, Master and Doctor degrees from Kyoto University, Japan. After completing his graduate studies, he also studied in the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1978 to 1979. Then he worked as a research associate at Kyoto University and he moved to Gifu University as an assistant professor in 1980. He became an associate professor in 1982, and then became a professor in 1993. He was also a visiting scholar at EPFL, Switzerland in 1986 for a year. From 2012 to present, he has served as the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University.

He is an active member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), the Japan Concrete Institute (JCI), the Japan Society of Material Science (JSMS), the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM) and the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He contributed to publish the State-of-the-Art Report of the RILEM Technical Committee 208-HFC, Subcommittee 3, “Strain Hardening Cement Composites: Structural Design and Performance”, as the chair of Subcommittee 3. He was the chair of the committee on design and construction of HPFRCC in JSCE, and he contributed to establish “Recommendations for Design and Construction of HPFRCC”. He also organized the committee on design and construction of DFRCC in JCI. He received the Yoshida Prize from JSCE (2015), and the Achievement Award from JCI (2006) for his research contribution.

His research interests span a wide variety of cement based materials such as “fracture mechanics of concrete and concrete structures” and “fiber reinforced cement composites and their applications”. In particular, he organized the Third International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures (FRAMCOS-3) at Gifu in 1998, and the International Workshop on DFRCC at Gifu in 2002.

Professor Horst Falkner

Professor Horst Falkner has attained his doctrate in 1969 on the cracking of reinforced concrete due to restraint stresses induced by temperature and shrinkage. He has been involved in the design of wide span prepossessed concrete bridges and shells for roofs and silos.

In the early 1970’s, Professor Falkner was a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, Canada. From 1987 t0 2007, Horst was a professor at the Technical University of  Braunschweig, Germany, concentrating on prestressed steel fiber concrete beams. In 2005, Horst received an Honorary Doctorate award by the University of Leipzig. Currently, Prof. Falkner is with the Civil Engineering Office IBF in Stuttgart, focusing on research and providing expertise on structural analysis.

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