May 2012 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, May 18, 2012 –  11:30 a.m. sign-in & networking with the speaker beginning at NOON ending promptly at 1:00p.m.


“Engineering Sustainable Concrete Structures: Challenges, Opportunities and New Frontiers ”

With more than 23 billion tons per year, concrete continues to be the most widely used manufacturing material on Earth. Unfortunately, the process of concrete production and use is responsible for 5-10% of the total CO2 emissions worldwide, making concrete the 3rd largest contributor to the CO2 emissions after electricity generation and transportation. On the other hand, there is no other bulk material on the horizon that could replace concrete as the backbone material for our increasing infrastructure demands imposed by mega-urbanization. Thus, there is an urgency to rethink concrete as a sustainable part of our societies. In this talk, current challenges and opportunities in modern engineering of concrete materials and the new frontiers that hold the promise for a paradigm shift in concrete design and technology will be presented.

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Dr. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

Dr. Shahsavari’s research focuses on developing a multi-scale materials toolbox extending from the nanoscale to the engineering scale to study key functional behavior of complex materials, which are critical to the infrastructure underlying the science and technology enterprises of our society. He has developed a broad foundation of knowledge and experience in engineering, mechanics, materials, and modelings. Prior to joining Rice University, Dr. Shahsavari completed his Ph.D at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Prior to MIT, he was a project engineer for a Canadian EPCM firm in Alberta, where he advised oil and gas companies.

Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center Detailed campus maps are available on the web at Use the Find A Building web search feature on the left of the page to locate the Ley Student Center on the map. The Central Campus Garage is the closest parking facility. It is located to the left of the Ley Student Center across the street.

Rice University is a popular meeting location. In the remote possibly the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. Cross the street and the gate will be on the left. Be sure to bring an umbrella if the weather seems inclement.

The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus. Look for the bus stop signs to use or enjoy a short brisk walk!


$25 per person – a boxed lunch will be served. At the time of registration, you will asked to indicate your meal choice of SANDWICH or SALAD or VEGETARIAN meal. We are unable to honor requests beyond these 3 options. Sammy’s is next door if you desire or need an alternative meal. PLEASE HONOR YOUR MEAL SELECTION WHICH WILL BE NOTED ON YOUR NAMETAG. $ 0 for Rice Students – registration required in advance.

Payment accepted online by credit card at time of registration.

This Roundtable qualifies for one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Your email confirmation at completion of registration serves as your PDH and payment receipts. Paper receipts may be picked up at the registration desk at time of check-in.