The Illinois Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association has been at the forefront in providing service to the concrete pavement industry for many years. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the ILACPA. My predecessor, Mr. Randy Riley, made great contributions towards advancing concrete pavement technology both in Illinois and on the national level for many years and will be greatly missed.
I have been actively involved in the industry for over 35 years and have served in academia as an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University, as a pavement consultant specializing in design, materials, construction and pavement rehabilitation and finally as a Director at ACPA National. My consulting business has provided me the opportunity to travel and work abroad as well as in the U.S. on a wide variety of projects including airports, high volume roadways and local roads. I can say without reservation that the U.S. is considered the leader in concrete pavement technology and Illinois has, and will continue, to be one of the leaders in research and innovation.
We are in the process of re-engineering the ILACPA website and will use this platform to provide relevant and timely information of interest to both our partners and members. Please feel free to contact myself or Jimie Wheeler regarding any and all aspects of concrete pavement utilization in the State of Illinois. With the new funding levels on the horizon, it will be an exciting time.
Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D.
Illinois Chapter, American Concrete Pavement Association