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04/06/06 1:52 pm Age: 9 yrs

Engineering professor named Fellow of American Concrete Institute


By: Kristi Spurgeon

Laurel Dovich, professor of civil engineering at Walla Walla College, has recently been elevated to the rank of Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

Dovich was awarded the designation of Fellow at the spring convention of the ACI, held in Charlotte, N.C. on March 26-30.

According to ACI bylaws, a Fellow is an individual who has made “outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products, and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction, or management.” After being nominated, Fellows are selected by the Nomination Committee and then approved by the Board of Directors.

Dovich was nominated for her contributions to the Institute, concrete history development, and contributions to concrete structural seismic evaluation, which have been put into use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Dovich, a WWC graduate, has taught in the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering at Walla Walla College for 12 years, primarily in the area of structural engineering. She has been awarded Engineering Professor of the Year twice and has been involved in campus leadership. Prior to her work at WWC, Dovich spent several years doing a variety of structural design work and two years teaching at West Indies College in Jamaica.

The Edward F. Cross School of Engineering was founded in 1947. The fully accredited program offers concentrations in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

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