Dr. James O. Jirsa elected the new American Concrete Institute V.P.

     Dr. James O. Jirsa, chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Ausin and holder of the Janet S. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, was elected for a two-year term as a vice president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

     ACI International is an educational society dedicated to improving the design, construction, and maintenance of concrete structures. ACI's nearly 17,000 members are made up of construction professionals, engineering educators, and students from around the globe.

     Dr. Jirsa, a former board member and chairman of ACI's Technical Activities Committee, will serve as vice president until the spring of 2000. He has been a member of ACI for more than 35 years. His research focuses on the behavior and design of reinforced concrete structures subjected to severe loading and exposure conditions. Before joining the UT Austin engineering faculty in 1972, he taught at Rice University and the University of Nebraska. He has published more than 80 technical articles and reports and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.