Kosmatka joins college’s Center for By-Product Utilization

Nationally recognized concrete expert Steven Kosmatka joined the college this summer as associate director of the Center for By-Product Utilization. Konstantin Sobolev, professor, civil & environmental engineering, was recently named as the director of the rejuvenated center. Kosmatka will support the center as it expands its focus to include sustainability and resiliency.

Recently, Kosmatka helped secure a $300,000 grant from the Portland Cement Association Education Foundation. Sobolev is the PI on the project that aims to create a hybrid pavement from cement and asphalt, a by-product of refining petroleum.

Prior to joining UWM, Kosmatka worked at the Portland Cement Association. For the past 15 years he served as the association’s vice president of research and technical services, managing $2 million-$4 million programs and a staff of up to 16. With PCA, he developed new types of concrete and standards for concrete.

Kosmatka’s responsibilities at PCA included: managing 100 research projects annually; concrete technology development, technical services, and cement manufacturing programs. He administered the PCA Education Foundation’s fellowship research program, professor workshop and the association’s engagement with the IEEE/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference.

He is the lead author of the best-selling reference book on ready-mixed concrete, Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, which has sold more than 1 million copies and been translated into four languages.

Kosmatka has frequently interviewed for print and social media on concrete issues.