The highest distinction of the OIQ - Engineer Pierre-Claude Aïtcin receives the 2013 Grand Prix d'excellence from the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
April 9, 2013
Pierre-Claude Aïtcin, Professor Emeritus of the Université de Sherbrooke, has won the 2013 Grand Prix d'excellence, the highest distinction given by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec to its members. This prize has been awarded every year since 1991 in tribute to outstanding professional practice by a Québec engineer. The winning engineer serves as a model for the profession and is known and recognized for his or her visionary qualities, ability to innovate and social commitment.
"Pierre-Claude Aïtcin is a builder at heart and a model of excellence for engineers and engineering students. We are proud to have engineers like the recipient of the 2013 Grand Prix d'excellence as members," stated
Daniel Lebel , Eng., PMP, President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, at the award presentation ceremony held in Montreal
Mr. Aïtcin has had a brilliant career as a research professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the Université de Sherbrooke. He obtained his engineering degree in 1962 and his doctorate in 1965 from the Laboratoire de Minéralogie of the Faculté des Sciences de Toulouse. He studied what would become his life's passion: concrete. As a result, he has participated in large-scale civil engineering projects in Canada, such as the Confederation Bridge between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick and the Hibernia platform. But he has also taken an interest in smaller projects, such as the design of concrete statues, artificial granite sinks, new kinds of weights and dumbbells, and even the construction of a cyclist and pedestrian bridge in Sherbrooke.
In 1989, Mr. Aïtcin created the Research Centre on Concrete Infrastructures (CRIB). Appointed Professor Emeritus in 2002, he has supervised some 70 students and postdoctoral researchers and the Université de Sherbrooke has become one of the largest research centres for concrete in the world.
From July 1990 to April 1998, he was the Scientific Director of Concrete Canada, the Network of Centres of Excellence on High-Performance Concrete, a network of 15 teams of researchers from several Canadian provinces. For nine years, he also held an Industrial Chair on Concrete Technology, a program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in collaboration with 13 industrial partners.
An ACI Fellow since 1988, Aïtcin is a former member of ACI Committees C234, Silica Fume in Concrete, and C 363, High-Strength Concrete. He received the ACI Arthur R. Anderson Award in 1995 "in recognition of outstanding laboratory and field research on the composition, structure, and properties of high-performance concrete and on superplasticizers and silica fume," and the ACI Construction Practice Award in 2004. Aïtcin is also a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.
AWARDS and DISTINCTIONS
Mr. Aïtcin's achievements have been rewarded with a large number of awards and distinctions, such as the Lionel-Boulet Award of the Québec government in 2002; the Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Award of the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences in 1993; the Arthur R. Anderson Award of the American Concrete Institute in 1995. In 2005 he was elected as Honorary Member of ACI. In 1999, he received an award from the Société des ingénieurs civils de France. Also, in conjunction with his colleague Carmel Jolicoeur and the company of Handy Chemicals of Candiac, Quebec, he received the 1996 Award for Excellence for the best university-industry partnership in R&D given by the Conference Board of Canada and NSERC
He is the author of the book High-Performance Concrete, which was published in 1998. French and Portuguese versions of this books were published in 2000 and 2001. He has also authored numerous papers on concrete technology.
His research interests include the manufacture and use of high-performance and ultra-high-performance concretes and the use of industrial by-products in concrete.
Through its policy on rewarding professional excellence, the OIQ seeks to recognize the achievements of engineers whose careers offer an example of how the values of the profession can be fulfilled: competence, responsibility, ethics, and social commitment. This award also takes into account the recipient's leadership, know-how and self-management skills.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of nearly 63,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest engineering. The mission of the OIQ is to ensure the protection of the public by supervising the practice of the profession within the framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the profession serves the public interest. For more information, go to http://www.oiq.qc.ca