ACI Hires Conformity Assessment and Certification Engineer

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has hired Mahmut Ekenel, PhD, PE, FACI, to support, promote, and assist in the development of certification and conformity assessment programs. Ekenel’s primary focus will be assisting NEU:An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete, and NEX: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials.

Ekenel brings extensive experience in developing acceptance criteria for the evaluation of building materials in accordance with the model building codes, building code development, and a working knowledge of International Standards Organization (ISO) standards and quality control inspections.

Prior to joining the ACI Staff, Ekenel served as Senior Staff Engineer for the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). He also worked at ICC-ES for 17-plus years. He is a licensed civil engineer in the State of California and a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the States of Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Ekenel received his PhD from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and is also a Fellow of ACI.

“We’re thrilled to have Mahmut Ekenel on the ACI Staff,” stated John W. Nehasil, ACI Senior Managing Director, Certification and Chapters. “His knowledge and skills significantly enhance ACI’s ability to expand conformity assessment and related code advocacy activities, and further complement ACI’s robust personnel certification program development capabilities. We’re better equipped to assist in advancing the missions of ACI’s Centers of Excellence and supporting ACI Certification.”

For further information on ACI Certification, NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete, or NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials, please visit,, or, respectively.

About The American Concrete Institute

The American Concrete Institute is a leading global authority for the development, dissemination, and adoption of its consensus-based standards, technical resources, and educational, training, & certification programs. Founded in 1904, ACI has its headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It also has a regional office in Dubai, UAE, and resource centers in both Southern California and Chicago/Midwest. Visit for additional information.

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