A personal message from Diane Warner. Executive Director of the Northwest Cement Council.

Diane WarnerTo all my friends and colleagues, associates at the Northwest Cement Council, I am reaching out to share a few thoughts as we close the curtain on a very challenging year and prepare for the year ahead.

We have all been affected by the many challenges that arose throughout 2021, not only from the tragedies from extreme weather events and other climate-related disasters but also from the trials arising from the global pandemic.

We have persevered in the face of these many challenges and have become stronger in the process.

As we move forward to the New Year, the Northwest Cement Council and its members will continue our mission to build a stronger, safer, and lower carbon future.

While we have a new look on our website, the Council will continue to make known the many benefits of cement and concrete as the foundations of our growing economy.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I extend my very best wishes to you and your families. 


PRESS RELEASE: Portland Cement Association Grant

Portland Cement Association Grant
Portland Cement Association Grant Group


PULLMAN, Wash. – A Portland Cement Association grant to improve cement testing methods has been presented to Washington State University researcher Somayeh Nassiri.

Nassiri, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and her fellow researchers hope to improve the efficiency of durability testing methods for concrete by using embedded sensors to measure concrete permeability.

Unlike traditional testing methods that are conducted on cast specimens on certain test dates, embedded sensors can provide real-time and continuous data. The long-term goal of the research is to improve the durability of concrete infrastructure against road salt and deicer application and freeze-thaw cycling in cold climate regions.

Nassiri has been at WSU since 2014. She conducts research on concrete pavement design, construction, repair and maintenance, concrete material characterization, and pavement performance monitoring using instrumentation and nondestructive testing.

The PCA is the premier policy, research, education and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA promotes safety, sustainability and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment.

Contact: Tina Hilding, Communications Director, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095, thilding@wsu.edu
Press Release: Somayeh Nassiri — $35.000 Cement Grant


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