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February 3, 2003

Dr. Steven L. McCabe


Program Director, Structural Systems and Engineering
Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 545
Arlington, VA 22230

SUBJECT: Precast Concrete Diaphragm Research Program

Dear Dr. McCabe:

This letter is to confirm the participation of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute


(PCI) in the joint research initiative “Development of a Seismic Design Methodology for
Precast Diaphragms” with a university consortium comprised of the University of
Arizona (UA), the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Lehigh University
(LU). The consortium is seeking funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) program to support
this long-term interdisciplinary university-industry research effort. The industry co-
investigator identified for this effort is Dr. S.K. Ghosh, of S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc
(Northbrook, IL) and special consultant to PCI.

Toward that effort, PCI will provide $200,000 in direct funding for the research program
(awarded to UA for distribution). We are also committing $60,000 in travel and logistical
support for the industry members to attend joint research meetings and site visits over a
three year period and $75,000 to cover the consulting services to the project provided by
Dr. Ghosh and others. Finally, PCI producer members are providing $88,000 worth of
specimens for the experimental program.

The industry researchers, partners and advisors will include selected PCI staff, PCI
producer members, and PCI R&D committee members. An Industry Advisory Panel
(IAP) will provide close industry oversight and expertise in the planning, execution and
interpretation phases (See attached list A). The direct industry interaction with the
academic researchers will occur through the Diaphragm Seismic Design Methodology
(DSDM) Task Group comprised of a subset of the IAP (See attached list B). The DSDM
Task Group will be led by Dr. Ghosh.

SHAPING THE FUTURE WITH THE SOLUTION OF CHOICE


INDUSTRY ADVISORY GROUPS

A. Industry Advisory Panel

Tom D'Arcy (PCI R&D Committee Chair), President, Consulting Engineers Group, San
Antonio, TX
Mike LaNier (PCI TAC Chair), Senior Vice President, Berger/ABAM Engineers
Paul Johal, Research Director, PCI, Chicago, IL
Neil Hawkins, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Stanton, Professor, University of Washington
Roger Becker, Vice President, Spancrete Industries, Inc.
Mario Bertolini, President, Blakeslee Prestress Inc.
Greg Force, Tindall Corporation
Ken Baur, High Concrete Structures, Inc.
Ned Cleland, President, Blue Ridge Design, Inc.
S.K. Ghosh, President, S. K. Ghosh Associates, Inc.
Harry Gleich, Chief Engineer, Metromont Prestress Company
Les Martin (Chair of PCI Code Committee), Consulting Engineers Group, Inc.
Bob Mast, President, Berger/ABAM Engineers
Douglas Mooridian, Marketing Director, Precast Prestressed Concrete Association of
California
Susie Nakaki, President, The Nakaki Bashaw Group, Inc.
Mike Oliva, Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Norm Scott (former president of ACI, founding President of CEG)
Sri Sritharan, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Mark Ascheim, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Phillip J. Iverson, Technical Director, PCI, Chicago, IL
C. Douglas Sutton, Professor, Purdue University

B. DSDM Task Group

S.K. Ghosh (Chair), President, S. K. Ghosh Associates, Inc.


Roger Becker, Vice President, Spancrete Industries, Inc.
Ned Cleland, President, Blue Ridge Design, Inc
Tom D'Arcy (PCI R&D Committee Chair), President, Consulting Engineers Group
Neil Hawkins, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois
Paul Johal, Research Director, PCI, Chicago, IL
Joe Maffei, Rutherford & Chekene Engineers, Oakland, CA
Susie Nakaki, President, The Nakaki Bashaw Group, Inc., Irvine, CA