2022 Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference For Young Professionals

SOURCE: American Concrete Institute | October 15, 2022

Six Young Professionals represented the American Concrete Institute during the Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) conference September 26-28, 2022, at The Omni Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) is a partnership among leading engineering and science-based organizations that provides high quality leadership training. For the past 12 years, the ELA has successfully hosted an interdisciplinary leadership conference for young professionals, providing advanced training in topics such as management, personal branding, social styles, problem solving, presentation skills, and global diversity. Applicants with less than eight years of industry experience were required to submit a resume, nomination letter, and essay questions related to leadership. 

This is ACI’s fourth year participating in the conference. Kanette Worlds, ACI Student, Faculty, & Young Professional Activities Coordinator, also attended the conference as a partner representative.  Other partners include The American Institute of Mining Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), The Global Leaders in Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), International Erosion Control Association (IECA), Society for Mining Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). 

Class of 2022 Emerging Leaders Alliance 

Andres Matos 

Junior Civil Engineer

Flood Testing Labs, Chicago, IL, USA

Xijun Jeff Shi

Assistant Professor

Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA

Jovan Tatar

Assistant Professor 

University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Kanchani Basnayake

Graduate Research Assistant

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Ying Wang

Research & Teaching Assistant

University of Miami

Yogiraj Sargam

Research Scientist

CarbonCure Technologies 

Upcoming ACI Convention Activities for Younger Members: 

    • Sunday, October 23, 2022: Student and Young Professional Networking Event
    • Monday, October 24, 2022: What I Wish I Knew: Managing Career Transitions; Concrete Design 201; and Young Professional Activities Committee Meeting

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