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The Nebraska Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) presented student awards at the Annual Awards Banquet held on February 2 2009. Scholarship awards of $1500 were presented to Derrick T. Krienert, at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Lance Cooper and Sean Denning at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Along with the cash award, these students will each receive a one-year membership in Nebraska Chapter of ACI. These awards are based on the student’s interest and ability in concrete design, construction, and materials.

Derrick T. Krienert is a University of Nebraska, Lincoln Student in Construction Management, with a minor in Business. Derrick’s experience with concrete came at an early age. His Dad managed a small airport outside of Geneva Nebraska and annual runway maintenance was required. Summers were spent tarring cracks and replacing concrete blowouts. When he moved to Lincoln to attend UNL he got a summer job with Stephens and Smith, Inc, pouring residential basements.

Most recently he worked as an assistant project engineer for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company performing structural quantity take-offs, preparing bid packages and assisted with constructibility review for the Smith Center, a 2050 seat performing Arts Theatre for downtown Las Vegas. This experience has led him to a preferred career path in General Contracting. Eventually he would like to start his own design-build contracting firm.

Letters of reference from his professors at UNL have found him to be a very serious and dedicated student. He has worked diligently to maintain a quality grade point average while immersed in student organizations and extra-curricular activities. His interpersonal skills and the ability to work with others were noted. As one of his references said, “Because of his strong communication skills Derrick will serve as a valuable resource to his peers and future co-workers.

Lance A. Hooper is a University of Nebraska student in Construction Engineering Technology. To this point Lance has nearly 8 years of experience with concrete and concrete construction. He has been employed at Thiele Geotech since March of 2000. He worked there, as a draftsman, during high school and continued when he came into the Concrete Construction Technology department at the University of Nebraska, in Omaha. He has also had experience in testing concrete cylinders and beams at the test lab.

According to his references, Lance is a dedicated and hard working student and employee. He has a broad exposure to concrete design and construction and is knowledgeable in both cast-in-place and precast concrete. Lance was instrumental in development of a precast modular retaining wall system that is in production throughout the United States.

He has been involved in training several of the in-coming CAD operators, developing in-house programs associated with design services, associated with CAD management and was involved with writing several drafting standards. Lance has served as an officer in the Student Chapter of AGC on the Omaha Campus. He is well respected by the technical and professional staff at Thiele Geotech and has excelled in his position. He looks forward to his future in dealing with the challenges of the concrete industry.

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He has been involved with the Architectural Engineering and Construction Student Outreach Program, AECSOP, a student led initiative with the goal of promoting the Durham School as an educational pathway to a career in Architectural Engineering and the Concrete industry. Sean is the President of the group and leads the student representatives in their efforts to visit high schools to discuss the importance of math and science in their curruculum.

Sean is an excellent student with great communication skills. He has made the Deans list and the Chancellors list of outstanding students from his first semester in College. He holds leadership positions with The Teammates Mentoring Program, the Inter Fraternity Council and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He is a Walter Scott Scholar and a Regents Scholar. He has been recognized by several inter fraternal awards, the rising star award and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Student leader of the month award. Sean has gained practicum experience by interning with the United States Army Corp of Engineers in Omaha where he participated in design teams for projects including concrete flood wall additions, storm sewer upgrades and dam gate rehabilitation. He helped write various reports including Seismic safety review and a structural portion of an operations and maintenance Manual for Concrete Structures in a flood control project.

All of his references speak of Sean as a tremendous student and an asset to the University and recommend him without reservation.

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