March 2023
Concrete Industry Management eNews
Chico State Student Awarded Bob Weatherton Scholarship
The founder of the American Concrete Pumping Association, Bob Weatherton, was recognized in 2014 as one of the Most Influential People in the concrete industry. To honor Weatherton’s memory and contributions to the concrete industry, in Feb. 2015, World of Concrete (WOC) established the Bob Weatherton award, a scholarship for a Concrete Industry Management student. The award includes a $2,500 scholarship. Criteria for the selection of the award included practical application of the selected topics, including safety, productivity and industry improvement. The papers and presentations are judged by a panel of industry professionals who make the selections.

On Jan. 18, in conjunction with the CIM National Steering Committee Board meeting at WOC and following her presentation, Yanetli Navarro-Hernandez, a student at California State University – Chico, was awarded the Weatherton scholarship. Congratulations Yanetli!
NSC Marketing Committee Develops Recruiting Video
As part of our focus on student recruitment, the NSC marketing committee has been working to develop a digital marketing campaign which includes the below video. Click on the link below to check it out!
CIM Has Booth At The Precast Show
During the week of Feb. 23-25, CIM students and faculty staffed our booth at The Precast Show in Columbus, Ohio. While the students were also busy competing in the design competitions, they also spent their time in the booth talking to show attendees about the CIM program!
Meet CIM Students and Faculty at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
Headed to Las Vegas for the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show? Make sure to stop by Booth GL31301 to meet the next generation of leaders in the concrete industry!
CIM University News
Chico State CIM Students Take First Place In Student Design Competition
During The Precast Show 2023 last week in Columbus, Ohio, the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) held its annual student design competition where students compete in teams to solve real-world problems using precast concrete as the solution. We are pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, CSU-Chico's CIM team came in first place, competing against other talented teams from across the country. Congratulations to our team members for their hard work and dedication and thanks to the NPCA Foundation for organizing such a great event.
Save These Upcoming Dates!
April is going to be a busy month for our program! On April 14, we are hosting our first annual Concrete Day! We invite all students and parents to Chico State to hear from guest speakers in the concrete industry and gain hands-on experience with basic concrete techniques. And on April 26, Chico State’s ACI Student Chapter is hosting the 11th annual Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament. This event is held in conjunction with our Patrons spring board meeting and founders dinner. More information will be coming soon! 
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MTSU CIM Alum Natalie Martin Featured in Industry Publication
We are thrilled to see that Natalie Martin, a 2016 graduate of the CIM program at Middle Tennessee State University, was one of the women featured in Modern Contractor Solutions' October 2022 issue.

Beginning on page 26, Natalie, a technical sales manager at Cresset Chemical Company discusses her passion for the construction industry, the importance of a work/life balance and the role that the CIM program has had in her career success.

In addition to her role at Cresset, Natalie is the mother of three sons, serves as vice president of the CIM Patrons board, chair of the CIM Outreach Committee and a member of five PCI/ACI committees.

We could not be prouder to call her a graduate of our program! Way to go Natalie!
MTSU Students Prepare For Competition At ACI Convention
Take a peek at this behind the scenes moment in the concrete lab as students prepare for the concrete bowling ball competition at the ACI Spring Convention April 2-6. Mentoring our students are industry partners Clark Gates (ECO Materials), Bryan Strevel (Sika Corporation) and CIM alumni Cody Eaton (National Cement) and Autumn Gates (Kosmos Cement). Good luck to everyone competing next month!
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NJIT CIM Students Take Second Place In Student Design Competition
During the recent 2023 Precast Show held in Columbus, Ohio, four members of the NJIT CIM program competed in the NPCA annual student design competition. We are pleased to announce that, while competing against other teams across the country, our team of Maria Wagner-Gomez, Armin Saadegh-Vaziri, Sean Rancapan and Robert Mazzilli took second place. Congratulations to the Chico State team for their first place finish!
Armin Saadegh-Vaziri Receives "People's Choice" Award
The PCI Foundation and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute recently hosted its 4th annual student design competition called “Project Precast.” The goal of the competition is to introduce students to the many uses of precast/prestressed concrete and to showcase the availability of design assist by the precast industry. Each group of four students creates a design solution in an effort to win a $4,000 cash award. The audience voted for the People's Choice award, which came with a financial prize of $2,000 as well. It gives us great pleasure to report that Armin Saadegh-Vaziri was a member of the winning team that took home the People's Choice Award. Armin, congratulations!
Get To Know Two Of Our Students - Emma Roth and Brittany DeGroot!

Emma Roth, Class of 2025

How has the CIM program prepared you for the “real world”?
The most beneficial way the CIM program has prepared me for the real world is by getting me in contact with people throughout the industry. Tim Hostettler, the CIM program director at SDSU, has been great at getting his students to tour facilities, bringing in guest speakers to classes and overall guiding them toward jobs/internships. He is there to give any guidance we need. CIM has also taught me there are endless opportunities if you work hard and seek them out. 

Have you been able to interact with the CIM Patrons at your school? If so, in what capacity?
Yes! Funny story - I met Thor Becken, North Central Region Patrons Chairman, in the elevator while attending NRMCA in San Antonio, Texas. I have since attended a Patrons’ group luncheon and I keep in contact with our Patrons. Tim is also good at getting us in contact and keeping us in the know with our Patrons’ group. 
Brittany DeGroot, Class of 2025

Why did you choose to attend South Dakota State University and the CIM program?
I chose SDSU because they had the CIM program. My parents own a concrete and construction business so I thought the program would be perfect. 

What advice would you give to other current CIM students?
Get involved in the industry as much as you can, whether you do an internship at a company or work in the field for a company. By working out in the field, you get to be part of the building process and see how forms are set, how rebar gets laid and how the concrete is poured and finished.

CIM students often travel to industry events and/or association conventions to understand the industry better and network. Which events have you been able to attend?
I have been able to attend World of Concrete in Las Vegas. It was a great experience. My favorite part was attending an industry breakfast and learning from conversations between contractors and industry experts. 
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CIM Program Director Guest on Concrete Logic Podcast
Each episode of the Concrete Logic podcast explores one concrete-related topic with the help of industry professionals that are shaping the future of the trade. The hosts talk with suppliers, contractors, architects, engineers, specialists, and even some proponents of competing materials about their views of concrete and their vision of its future. CIM Program Director Ryan Penlerick was recently a guest on the podcast where he shared his insight about the CIM program as well as the the unique aspects and benefits of a CIM degree. Interested in listening to the podcast? Check it out here:

Listen on Apple: Apple Podcast
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Listen on your PC via our website: Concrete Logic Podcast
CIM Students Compete At World of Concrete
Six concrete industry management students from Texas State University traveled to the World of Concrete 2023 Convention in Las Vegas to learn and compete in one of the largest concrete industry trade shows in the world.
The students participated in concrete and construction-related courses and seminars at the convention, competed for scholarships, and helped to educate attendees on what it means to get a degree in CIM. 

World of Concrete invites students from the five CIM programs to compete in the Weatherton Award Presentation competition. We are pleased to announce that CIM freshman student Joseph Grout was a runner-up and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship! Congratulations Joseph!