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The seventy foot tall concrete silos on Granville Island have been given a colourful facelift in the public art piece aptly named "Giants"

Uomoto Session

Professor Taketo Uomoto

Chief Executive of Public Works Research Institute and Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan

Professor Taketo Uomoto earned his Bachelor degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan. After completing his graduate studies, he has worked for Taisei Corporation for 7 years. Then, in 1978, he was requested to return the academic position by Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo, started his attractive research work, and received a degree of Doctor Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1981. After retirement in 2007, he was invited to Shibaura Institute Technology and then, in 2010, was appointed as the Chief Executive of Public Works Research Institute by Japanese government.

His research interest lies in developing new methods and materials for improving durability of concrete structures, Especially, the results concerning “Fiber Reinforced Plastic as new construction material”, “Utilization of Non Destructive Testing”, “Durability of Concrete Structures”, have been deeply referred to, in many International standards and guidelines established in both Western and Asian regions.

He is an active member of Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) where he served as the chair of Concrete Committee, Japan Concrete Institute (JCI) where he served as president, Asian Concrete Federation where he served as first president, ISO Technical Committee (ISO/TC71) and International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) as the representative of Japan, American Concrete Institute (ACI) where he contributed in developing Guidelines for using FRP as concrete reinforcements, International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Material and Structures (RILEM) where he contributed in developing recommendation for using NDT, and so on.

He is a recipient of several awards including The Yoshida Award for Research Accomplishment (2011) and for The Best Paper (2011, 1998 and 1996) from JSCE, Technical Awards (2010, 2008 and 2002) and The Best Paper Award (2006, 1993) from JCI.


Personal History

1971: Graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Tokyo

1971: Taisei Corporation

1978: Research Associate at the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo

1981: Associate Professor at the IIS, the University of Tokyo

1992: Professor at the IIS, the University of Tokyo

1998: Professor, International Center for Collaborative Research, the University of Tokyo

1998: Deputy Director of the IIS, (200-2002)

1998: Director of the International Center for Urban Safety Engineering of the IIS, (2001-2007)

1998: Director of the Chiba Experiment Station of the IIS, (2003- 2007)

1998: Chairman of Concrete Committee, Japan Society of Civil Engineers, (1999-2003)

2007: Professor at College of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology

2007: Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo

2007: President of Asian Concrete federation, (2007-2008)

2010: Appointed as the Chief Executive of Public Works Research Institute

2010: President of Japan Concrete Institute, (2012-2014)

Byun Session

Professor K.J. Byun

Professor Emeritus, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Currently, Prof. Keun-Joo Byun is a Professor Emeritus at his alma mater of Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Also, he is serving as a member in Board of Directors of SK E & C, Korea. He served as a full-time faculty member at the department for 41 years straight. He received all of his high educational degrees at Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University. His past professional experiences include a director at Yonsei Construction Engineering Research Institute; a full member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea; a Chair-Professor at Huree University of ICT, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, a honorary advisor at Dongho Co., Ltd.; a president of Korean Society of Civil Engineers, a vice president at Asia Concrete Federation; a chairman at International Committee of Concrete Model Code for Asia; a dean of Graduate School of Engineering, Yonsei University; a president of Korea Concrete Institute; a guest researcher at NIST, Gaithersburg, U.S.A.; a visiting scholar at University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.; a chairman of Civil Engineering Committee of Korea Industrial Standards [KS]; an advisory committee member for Board of Audit & Inspection, Economic; a planning board member at Ministries of Land-Transport-Maritime Affairs, Environment; an education-science-technology advisor at Korea Highway Corporation, Korea Land Housing Corporation, Korea Electric Power Corporation, and Seoul Metropolitan Government.

He has a Professional Engineers License in Construction Safety. He has published 127 Journal Papers, 341 Conference Proceeding Papers, 21 Books, and 203 Reseach Reports. He is loved by a wife, daughters, sons, grandchildren, and his students. On behalf of his students and family, Prof. Byun’s session at CONMAT2015 is to honor his lifetime achievements and show our gratitude for his services. Please join us in this celebration by participating in the session.

Benmokrane Session

Dr. Brahim Benmokrane

Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Canada

Dr. Brahim Benmokrane (FRSC, FACI, FCSCE, FIIFC, FCAE, FEIC) is Professor of Civil Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada). He has obtained his engineering degree from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (Switzerland), and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of Sherbrooke. He was a Project Leader in the Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence on Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures – ISIS Canada – during its two 7-year phases (1995-2009). Since April 2000, he is a Chair-holder of a Natural Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Research Chair which involves research and development of Innovative Composite Fibre-Reinforced-Polymer (FRP) reinforcement for concrete structures and its field application in real structures. Several results have been achieved through this NSERC Chair including the development of new generation of FRP reinforcing bars, design models and guidelines based on extensive experimental full-scale prototypes, analytical modeling, and many field applications including bridges, parking garages, highway pavements, sea walls and quays, and water treatment plants. In 2009, Professor Benmokrane was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Composite Materials for Civil structures. He is one of the few Canadian researchers holding both a Canada Research Chair and NSERC Research Chair (fewer than 15). In 2010, he was appointed Director of the CRIB a Quebec-FQRNT Research Center in Concrete Infrastructure involving 30 professors and more than 250 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from six universities in Quebec. Professor Benmokrane is an active member in the CSA (Canadian Standard Association) committees on Design and Construction of Building Structures with Fibre-Reinforced Polymers (CSA S806), Specification for Fibre-Reinforced Polymers as internal and external reinforcements (CSA S807, CSA S808) and Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CSA S6; subcommittee S16), where he contributed for developing new Design Codes and Standards (CAN/CSA S806-02, CSA S806-12, CSA S6-06, CSA-S6-06/S1, CSA S807-10, and CSA S808-14).

Professor Brahim Benmokrane is an internationally renowned leader on the innovative use of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials in construction. His pioneering research has impacted the infrastructure industry through the development of new, innovative materials for more durable structures. In particular, his research has significantly influenced the development of FRP-bar technology for concrete and its practical use in Canada, the US, Europe, and the world. In addition, his research has generated scientific contributions widely used by regulators and industry. In addition to membership in many professional organizations such as ACI, CSCE, ASCE, and ASTM, he has published more than 350 technical papers. Professor Benmokrane has chaired four International Conferences on the Durability of FRP Composites for Construction and Rehabilitation (CDCC’98 in Sherbrooke, CDCC’2002 at Montreal, & CDCC’2007 and CDCC’2011 in Quebec City) and he was involved in the design, construction and monitoring of several bridges, parking garages, and others concrete structures reinforced with FRPs.

Over the last twenty years, he has trained more than 95 graduate students (Master and Ph.D.) and postdoctoral fellows currently holding positions in academic and research institutions and in public and private organizations in Quebec and Canada as well as around the world. More than 15 of his doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees hold faculty positions in universities in Canada, the United States, and worldwide. Professor Benmokrane has prepared and given several workshops, seminars and short courses about the use of FRP composites for infrastructure and design codes in Canada, USA, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Professor Benmokrane has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, the CSA Medal of Merit, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering P.L. Pratley Award, and elected Fellow by the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Concrete Institute, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the International Institute in FRP for Construction, the Engineers Institute of Canada, and the Royal Society of Canada.

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