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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.- Jose M. Izquierdo-Encarnacion, principal of Porticus, an engineering services company in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was recently elected president of ACI International (the American Concrete Institute). Izquierdo became the 80th president of ACI, a technical and educational society dedicated to improving the design, construction, maintenance and repair of concrete structures. "ACI has built its reputation on developing and disseminating the knowledge needed to use concrete to its fullest potential," said Izquierdo during his installation at the spring convention. "That reputation has been achieved through the hard work and diligence of the volunteers who have generously given of their time to sit on the many technical committees that produce this information. I consider it a privilege and an honor to lead this organization as we enter our second century of progress through knowledge." Izquierdo received a bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering, majoring in structures, from the University of Puerto Rico. He started work as a structural engineer for Capacete, Martin and Associates, founded Izquierdo, Rueda and Associates, and was the Secretary of Transportation and Public Works for Puerto Rico. An internationally recognized leader in civil engineering and construction, Izquierdo has been actively involved with ACI since 1980. In addition to serving five years on the ACI Board of Direction, he has been a member of ACI Committee 118, Use of Computers, where he formed an international users group that grew to 1,000 members. He has also been active in Puerto Rico where he was president of the San Juan chapter of the Institute of Engineers and Surveyors, president of the Institute of Civil Engineers, chair of the governmental Infrastructure Task Force for Health Facilities, chair of the Corporation for the Development of San Juan, and a member of the Boards of the Technological Institute of San Juan, and the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

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