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Undergraduate Research Assistant Position Available

    ACE-MRL offers a research assistant opportunity for the undergraduate student for this summer. The research topic will focus on the environmental impact assessment of ECC for waste utilization and carbon sequestration. Due to the COVID-19, the research program will be conducted remotely and will be based on literature survey, and data collection and analysis.

The position is available immediately and until it is filled. Before apply to Dr. Duo Zhang ( ), please find the below attachment.

Position details download.

Prof. Li accepted the interview for “Earth Day at 50”, giving the solution for global temperature control with ECC. 

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Prof. Li gives a keynote at From Lab to Site: Innovation in Concrete” discussed climate change, 3D printing, “smart” buildings, research potential and collaboration. Nov. 2019.

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Researchers share innovative ideas in concrete for a more sustainable future

Prof. Li gives a keynote address at Intl Conf on 3D Construction Printing

Prof. Victor Li delivers a keynote address at the International Conference on 3D Construction Printing, Tianjin, China, Oct. 11-14th, 2019. 

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2nd International Conference on 3D Construction Printing (3DcP 2019)
Oct. 11-14th, 2019, Tianjin, China

The Book “Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC)  Bendable Concrete for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure has been published.

The book is available from Springer, please click here

RILEM State of the Art Report on Durability of SHCC published

A RILEM State of the Art Report “Durability of Strain-Hardening Fibre-Reinforced Cement-Based Composites (SHCC)” was recently published. The book was edited by the co-chairs of the Subcommittee 2 of RILEM TC-HFC which was chaired by Professor Victor Li.

The book is available from Springer, please click here

Prof. Li to give keynote address at Intl Conf on Future of Concrete

Prof Victor Li will deliver a keynote address at the International Conference on Future Concrete, Qatar, Doha, Nov 1-3, 2010. The lecture will focus on the use of non-brittle ECC material to delay chloride penetration into infrastructure in coastal regions, and the resulting service life enhancement.

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ECC features on CBS Evening News Reports

A short news report on America’s deteriorating quality of infrastructure and how ECC (bendable concrete) can be used to make long-lasting structures up to 100 years service life without much maintenance. 

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Prof. Li to give keynote address at ECF 18

Prof Victor Li will deliver a keynote address at the 18th European Conference on Fracture, Dresden, Germany, Aug 30, 2010. He will speak on “Damage Characteristics and Micromechanics of Strain-Hardening Cementitious Composites Under High Rate Loading.”

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ECC on the Big Ten Network

A short film on the pioneering research done at ACE-MRL on Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) and its real world applications was telecast on the Big Ten Network on April 30, 2010.

The video can be viewed here

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Self-healing concrete on Forbes Magazine

An article on Self-healing Concrete titled “Revolutionaries” features in Nov 2009 issue of the Forbes Magazine. It presents comments from academia and industry about self-healing ECC and how it might reduce repair costs and help in improving American Infrastructure.

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Prof. Victor Li to be a Keynote Speaker at ACM Conference

Professor Victor Li will be a keynote speaker at the Int’l Conference on Advanced Concrete Materials, Stellenbosch, S. Africa, Nov., 2009. He will speak on “Driving Infrastructure Sustainability Via Advanced Materials Technology.”

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Prof. Victor Li to be the Plenary Speaker at Self-Healing Materials Conference

Prof. Victor Li, the director of ACE-MRL, has been invited to be one of the Plenary Speakers at the Second International Conference on Self-Healing Materials at Chicago from June 28 – July 1, 2009. 

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Dr. Karthik Obla honored by the American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Dr. Karthik Obla, a former member of the ACE-MRL, has been honored by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) with a Young Member Award for Professional Achievement. 

Dr. Obla graduated with a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1997. For more, please click here

ECC goes to DC

Professor Victor Li and graduate student Ravi Ranade were invited to Washington DC to participate in the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) 15th Annual Exhibition and Reception on March 24, 2009. 

They met with a number of senators, congressmen, and their staff, as well as the director of the National Science Foundation, to discuss Engineered Cementitious Composite and its social, environmental, and economic impacts on the nation in general and on Michigan in particular.

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For Nancy Pelosi’s remarks, click here

UM’s bendable concrete mentioned in NSF’s Yearly Review

The Research at ACE-MRL (UM) gets recognition in the NSF Report of the Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment of FY 2008.

For more, please click here (See Page 12)

Jan., 2007 ECC Recognized

ECC named one of five 2006 winners by Architectural Records in the Concrete and Masonry category. This is their 34th annual review of “the year’s most interesting and innovative new building products available to architects, designers, and specifiers. see more (link1 and link2)

ECC elected by the Editors of the Magazine of Popular Mechanics
as one of “10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2007”, see more

Dec. 5-7, 2006 Professional Development Course on ECC Tech
held at UM

A professional development course on ECC was held at University of Michigan by Professor Victor Li on Dec. 5-7, 2006. For details please refer to Integrative Systems + Design Division (ISD) website , For photos, please click here

Oct., 2005 ECC Link Slab Demonstration Project

The first infrastructure demonstration project of ECC material in the US was completed in October, see more

Sept., 2005 MUSES Advisory Board Meeting

Presentation of Year 2 research accomplishments and plan for Year 3 activities are discussed in this meeting, see project website:

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