Clay NaitoClay Naito, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to education, research, and service.

Naito teaches prestressed concrete design and, as associated member of the ATLSS Research Center, conducts industry-related testing projects. 

“Clay has been a leader within the PCI community,” says Panos Diplas, P.C. Rossin Professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering. “This is a well-deserved recognition of his many and substantive research contributions.”

Those endeavors include the PCI/NSF-funded development of a seismic design methodology for precast concrete diaphragms, integration of self-consolidating concrete for use in precast concrete bridge beam production, evaluation of bond mechanics for prestressed elements, implementation of welding methods for embedded connections in precast concrete elements in harsh weather conditions, and examination of blast resistance of precast concrete cladding and development of new response limits for these systems.

Naito has been a member of PCI’s Technical Activities Council since 2010, has served as past chair of the PCI Blast Committee, and has served on many other PCI committees.