Trailblazer of Concrete Techniques Joins 2016 ASCE Distinguished Members
By Ben Walpole
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Kenneth C. Hover, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, world-renowned for his advances in concrete technology and construction, is among the recently elected Class of 2016 ASCE Distinguished Members.
A professor at Cornell University, Hover came to academia in mid-career, having been a military engineer, project manager for a general contractor, and partner and manager of a structural design firm. Cornell honored him with its highest teaching award, the Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship.
Hover’s research on free-thaw resistance of high-strength concrete, measurement of air, and the effects of handling and vibration on air entrainment (embedded bubbles) have significantly improved concrete technology and construction practices. The research led to a series of published articles that remain vital reference material for engineers today.
Among the major projects he has worked on are the I-471 bridges over the Ohio River in Cincinnati, the I-90 Floating Bridge over Lake Washington in Seattle, the Hood Canal Floating Bridge in Tacoma, WA, the World Trade Center floor deterioration (before 2001), and deck overlays on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York.
The National Science Foundation presented Hover with its Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1986. He has also received the American Concrete Institute’s Joseph Kelly Award as career educator, the Structural Research Award (1993), and the Robert Philleo Research Award (2005).
Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE can bestow. It is reserved for civil engineers who have attained eminence in some branch of engineering or in related arts and sciences, including the fields of engineering education and construction.
The 2016 class of Distinguished Members received their honors at the ASCE 2016 Convention, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, in Portland, OR.