UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Charles E. Bakis, Distinguished Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, has been named a fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He is one of only 607 fellows out of more than 20,000 ACI members.
At the time of nomination, a fellow shall have been an ACI member for at least 10 years, including three of the last five years. Fellows are nominated for their outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction or management. In addition, a fellow shall have made significant contributions to ACI through committees and/or local chapters.
Bakis is recognized for his research on the fatigue, creep, durability, bond and elevated temperature performance of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcements for concrete.
As a member of ACI Committee 440 FRP since 1998, he has contributed to the development of numerous ACI documents on FRP reinforcement. He has chaired ACI Committee 440K FRP on material characteristics since 2004, during which time he has served as a bridge between ACI and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and fostered the transition of ACI-developed test methods to ASTM standard test methods. Bakis has also served as editor-in-chief of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Journal of Composites for Construction since 2003 and as president of the American Society for Composites (ASC) in 2014 and 2015.
Since joining Penn State in 1988, Bakis has been honored for his teaching and research with a 1996 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Teaching Award, a 2006 ASC Award in Composites, a 2010 PSEAS Outstanding Research Award, a 2014 International Institute for Fiber Reinforced Polymers (IIFC) in Construction President’s Award, and election to the Virginia Tech Academy of Engineering Excellence in 2015.
Bakis is also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IIFC and ASC.