RON KLEMENCIC: Chairman & CEO American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc. (AISC)

Ron Klemencic is the Chairman and CEO of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc. (AISC). For daring to innovate, for spearheading the age of cooperative research and development and for his relentless pursuit of a better and more constructible built environment, Klemencic, chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates Structural + Civil Engineers (MKA), has been selected the 53rd Award of Excellence winner by the editors of ENR.

Klemencic has led the development of SpeedCore, a revolutionary method of composite structural-steel framing, aiming to replace the reinforced concrete core in steel office-tower construction.

A decade ago, Kle­mencic championed Pankow-funded lateral load tests that resulted in design guidelines for the system’s core walls, consisting of stacked modules of cross-tied steel plates field-filled with rebar-less concrete.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information.