Ward R. Malisch, Ph.D., PE, concrete construction specialist, American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), received the World of Concrete (WOC) Legacy Award February 2, 2016 just prior to the show’s opening in Las Vegas. WOC established the Legacy Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the concrete and masonry industries, and who have left a lasting mark on the show.
Malisch earned B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees in civil engineering at the University of Illinois and began his career as a civil engineering educator at three universities. He left teaching to work for the Aberdeen Group where he served as editor of Concrete Construction magazine. He also held positions with the Portland Cement Association as director of construction information services, and with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) as managing director of engineering. He was a senior managing director of ACI when he left in 2007 to work for ASCC.
WOC is the only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry industries. Over 1400 exhibitors and 60,000 industry professionals attended this year’s show.
The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, engineers and specifiers. There are approximately 570 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.