Speakers

Kenneth C. Hover, P.E., Ph.D.

Ken Hover is Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, where his teaching and research focuses on concrete materials, design, and construction.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers, and Project Engineer and Project Manager for a general contractor working on buildings, interstate bridges, and water treatment plants.  He became partner and manager of a structural design firm engaged in the design and repair of buildings and industrial facilities.  He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from University of Cincinnati, and the Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Cornell University.

Ken’s Ph.D. study was funded by the Exxon Fellowship, designed to bring experienced professionals to university engineering programs.  He teaches reinforced and prestressed concrete design, concrete materials, and construction management.  His research focuses on freeze-thaw durability, mixture proportions and ingredients, behavior and testing of fresh concrete, and the impact of construction operations and construction environment on concrete quality.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and holds multiple educator and research awards including the ASCE Materials Division Best Basic Research Paper Award, and NRMCA’s Gaynor Award for practical contributions to the ready-mixed concrete industry.  He is Past President of the American Concrete Institute, and earned ASCE’s highest award: Distinguished Member.  He holds the top teaching awards in Civil Engineering, the College of Engineering, and Cornell University, plus the Senior Class Award as one of the top 1% of Professors at the University. In 2006 he was named one of the “Ten Most Influential People in the U.S. Concrete Construction Industry.

Robert C. Lewis, FACI, FCS, MICT.

Dr Robert Lewis is the Technical Marketing Manager at Elkem Silicon Materials.

He began his concrete career in 1978, for Tarmac Topmix in the UK and moved to Elkem in 1986. He has now completed 31 years at Elkem, where he provides technical support to the international market, covering the European and Middle Eastern Regions, Hong Kong and other areas when called upon. He has been involved in many varied projects worldwide, ranging from bridges to tunnels, skyscrapers to nuclear power plants, chemical factories to warehouse floors and underwater placement, where high performance microsilica (silica fume) concrete has been used.

He has written, co-authored and presented numerous papers on silica fume and its use in concrete.

He is the UK expert to the CEN (European Standards) committee for Silica Fume. He is on several committees of the American Concrete Institute including the International Advisory Committee, Proportioning, Cementitious Grouting and Fire Resistance, and is currently the Chair of ACI committee 234 “Silica Fume”.

In 1999 was made a ‘Fellow of the Concrete Society’, UK and in 2013 was elected to ‘Fellow of the American Concrete Institute’.

He is a Member of the Institute of Concrete Technology, UK and in 2014, he became Chair of the Technical and Education Committee of the Institute.

In 2017 he was elected to Fellow of the Institute of Concrete Technology and then to the position of Vice-President of the same.

Kathy Calverley BA (Hons), MICT

Kathy Calverley is managing director of The Concrete Society, an independent membership organisation and leading provider of information – with an emphasis on quality and professional standards – to all users of concrete, including architects, engineers, contractors and suppliers.

The Concrete Society service includes providing an advisory service, offering prompt and impartial technical advice to members by phone, electronically, or by site visit from any discipline within the construction industry. The Society also offers training opportunities and hosts a comprehensive range of CPD, technical and social events throughout the UK.

In 2001, Kathy became the first female Society president and she has also chaired the South-West Region of The Society. Kathy holds an honours degree in English and Classical Studies from University of Wales (Cardiff), a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management and the Diploma of Advanced Concrete Technology and is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Concrete Technology.

Kathy has worked in the cement and concrete industry for over 40 years – 32 years of which were with Blue Circle Industries (now Lafarge UK) in technical and sales roles and senior management, including project management and contract negotiation, before becoming managing director of The Concrete Society in 2011.

Alastair Soane BSc PhD CEng FICE FIStructE

Alastair is Director of Structural-Safety the group encompassing CROSS (Confidential reporting on structural safety) and SCOSS (Standing committee on structural safety). He has Extensive experience on UK and International construction projects. Former member of Building Regulations Advisory Committee for England and chair of the advisory panel on Part A Structures. Member of the Ethics Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Advisory Group on Temporary Structures, IStructE Committees, and visiting professor of civil engineering at Liverpool University. Graduate from Edinburgh University.