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News Article | November 16, 2016

Charlotte Klaar, PhD, a Certified Educational Planner with more than 20 years of experience, recently moved her business, Klaar College Consulting, to the greater Ft. Mill, SC and Charlotte/ Ballantyne, NC area. “With in-state colleges costing upwards of $23,500 a year and private colleges averaging well over $46,000 a year, plus more than 3,500 colleges nationwide, parents and students can benefit from the knowledge of a college expert,” said Dr. Klaar. “Competition is fierce, so understanding how colleges view your student’s grades and accomplishments is also important,” said Dr. Klaar. Parents have legitimate concerns when heading into the college process: “Certified Educational Planners spend hours every week keeping up on trends in financial aid, student loans, testing, and the myriad application and scholarship deadlines. They can provide valuable insights, such as the fact that most colleges don’t charge the full ‘sticker price,’ or that a private college may be less expensive than a state school. If they really want your student, private colleges may be willing to provide more financial aid,” explained Dr. Klaar. “High school counselors may be responsible for more than 400 students, which means they can’t give them the individual attention they need. For example, as part of the college admissions process, it’s important to know a family’s financial situation and understand what a student is passionate about,” she added. Dr. Klaar was awarded the Steven R. Antonoff Award for Professional Achievement at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Conference in Boston, MA this past spring. The award was created to recognize an IECA professional who has distinguished him or herself by their outstanding contributions to the profession of independent college consulting. Dr. Klaar has been a professional member of IECA since 1998, and served on the Summer Training Institute faculty for many years, served on the IECA Board of Directors for three years, was chair of the Board Development Committee, served on the Education and Training Committee, was chair of the Mentoring Sub-Committee, served on the Ad Hoc Master’s Degree Committee, and was chair of the Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee. Additionally, she has taught in the College Counseling Certificate program at UCLA Extension and the Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting program at UC Irvine Extension and at Assumption College in its Master’s in School Counseling Program. For more information visit,, 301-834-6888. For a free report on how you can contribute to your student’s success in college and their career, visit and click on the link on the right-hand side of the page. Dr. Klaar is a Certified Educational Planner with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She earned her PhD in general psychology from Capella University, an MS in Interdisciplinary Science Studies from Johns Hopkins University, a BA in liberal studies from the University of the State of New York, and a teaching certificate from William Paterson University. Dr. Klaar also provides consulting services to other educational consultants, in particular, those who are new to the field and career counseling across the lifespan.

The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) announced its keynote speakers for Environmental Connection 2017 – IECA's Annual Conference, the premier educational event for the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry, taking...

Galan I.,CSIC - Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science | Andrade C.,CSIC - Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science | Mora P.,Oficemen | Sanjuan M.A.,IECA | And 2 more authors.
2nd International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies | Year: 2010

Although carbonation of cement phases is well known, the amount of carbon dioxide combined during the process has been much less investigated. Related to the greenhouse effect much more attention is being paid to the sinks for CO 2 in order to correctly compute the gases emission during production of materials. In the case of cement a strict calculation should discount the CO 2emitted from that fixed by the concrete. This is the aim of present work which is a study of the cement based materials ability to combine CO 2. Using Thermogravimetry and Differential Thermal Analysis as well as phenolphthalein indicator, quantities of CO 2 combined and carbonation depth in several cement pastes and concretes exposed to different environments have been measured. A calculation to estimate the contribution of cement based materials carbonation to the partial re-absorption of the CO2 emitted in cement production is proposed.

Galan I.,CSIC - Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science | Andrade C.,CSIC - Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science | Mora P.,Oficemen | Sanjuan M.A.,IECA
Environmental Science and Technology | Year: 2010

Carbonation of reinforced concrete is one of the causes of corrosion, but it is also a way to sequester CO2. The characteristics of the concrete cover should ensure alkaline protection for the steel bars but should also be able to combine CO2 to a certain depth. This work attempts to advance the knowledge of the carbon footprint of cement. As it is one of the most commonly used materials worldwide, it is very important to assess its impact on the environment. In order to quantify the capacity of cement based materials to combine CO2 by means of the reaction with hydrated phases to produce calcium carbonate, Thermogravimetry and the phenolphthalein indicator have been used to characterize several cement pastes and concretes exposed to different environments. The combined effect of the main variables involved in this process is discussed. The moisture content of the concrete seems to be the most influential parameter. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

News Article | February 15, 2017

Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, will exhibit its erosion control netting portfolio at the 2017 Environmental Connection Conference & Expo in Atlanta, GA (Booth # 311B - February 21-24, 2017). Organized by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), this annual conference gathers engineers, consultants, construction, government, and industry professionals to explore the latest trends and practices in erosion control, sediment control and stormwater management. Conwed netting plays an essential function in rolled erosion control products (RECPs). Erosion control manufacturers use Conwed netting as the containment element in their Erosion Control Blankets (ECBs), Turf Reinforcement Mats (TRMs) and Sediment Retention Fiber Rolls (SRFRs) — commonly known as wattles. Conwed also manufactures an entire portfolio of Prostran® fibers which are used as a filler in TRMs and high-tenacity polypropylene (PP) yarn used to stitch-bond the layers of rolled erosion control products. Erosion control blankets are typically used for temporary applications. “Conwed manufactures two ECB components, the netting used to contain the matrix and the yarn used to mechanically stitch the layers together. Our engineering teams are able to customize netting and yarn configurations to meet specific performance requirements”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed. Turf reinforcement mats are usually permanent RECPs typically used in hydraulic applications, such as high flow ditches and channels, steep slopes, stream banks, and shorelines, where erosive forces may exceed the limits of natural, unreinforced vegetation. Conwed manufactures three TRM components: the Prostran fibers used as a matrix, the netting containing them, and the yarn used to mechanically stitch the layers together. Sediment retention fiber rolls, or wattles, are 3-dimensional devices of a specified filler matrix encapsulated within a flexible containment material utilized in sediment and flow control applications. Conwed manufactures the netting containing the matrix materials and can modify the netting configurations for diverse erosion control applications. Considered the largest soil and water event in the world, Environmental Connection expects 2,000 professionals representing 25 different countries. “We provide the highest quality netting, fibers and yarn the erosion control industry requires to build distinctive erosion control products and Environmental Connection is the ideal venue to showcase our portfolio”, said Soltero. To know more about Conwed and its erosion control netting portfolio, visit Conwed is the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world. Conwed manufactures extruded, oriented, knitted and multilayer netting with unique customization capabilities. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Conwed has five manufacturing locations on two continents and a global distribution network.

Turner S.,IECA
IEEE Internet Computing | Year: 2014

Transport Layer Security is the standard, widely deployed protocol for securing client-server communications over the Internet. TLS is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, and message forgery for client-server applications. Here, the author looks at the collection of standards that make up TLS, including its history, protocol, and future. © 2014 IEEE.

Andrade C.,IETCC CSIC | D'Andrea R.,IECA
2nd International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies | Year: 2010

Current codes have requirements for the durability design of concrete based on compressive strength and provisions related to cement content and water - cement ratio. However, such requirements do not take into account important parameters related to the behaviour of concrete against to aggressive attack. The electrical resistivity of the hardened concrete is related to connectivity of pores network under saturated condition. This paper proposes a methodology of design based on the Archie law, which is originated from the concept of diffusion and provides properties such as electrical resistivity, porosity, and tortuosity, for estimating the ideal mix of concrete (maximum water cement, the minimum content of cement and cement type) for a specific environmental class and service life. It also considers the chemical reaction of chloride and carbonation with the phases of cement, so called factor of reaction (r) which depends on the type of cement and indicates the delay on the agressive penetration.

Sanjuan M.A.,IECA | Zaragoza A.,IECA | Lopez Agui J.C.,IECA
Cement and Concrete Research | Year: 2011

Standardization is beneficial for society in general and for research and innovation in particular. Standardization bodies as well as policymakers should promote the use of standards as a way of disseminating knowledge, exploiting research results and reducing time to market for the "innovation". Several examples are presented here with regard to the standardization of research/innovation in the cement field. From cement manufacturing to nanotechnology applied to additives, cement and special concretes, it is possible to find good examples of innovation/research activities linked to standardization. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Argiz C.,CSIC - Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science | Menendez E.,CSIC - Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science | Moragues A.,Technical University of Madrid | SanjuAn M.A.,IECA
Structural Engineering International: Journal of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) | Year: 2014

New additions to cement will help to obtain sustainable and durable construction materials. One of these new Portland cement constituents could be coal bottom ash. Currently, it is dumped as waste, provoking an environmental problem. However, shows how this material can be used as the main constituent of Portland cement when it is mixed in an optimized proportion with fly ash. Therefore, this study may also be considered as a pre-standardization work to meet, partially, an environmental demand of society. The compressive strength and durable characteristics of standardized mortars made of coal combustion bottom and fly ash are to mortars made of CEM I 42,5 N according to the European standard EN 197-1:2011, which is used as reference. The mortars made up of bottom ash, fly ash and ordinary Portland cement mixes have similar proportions to the standardized ones for CEM II/A-V, CEM II/B-V and CEM IV/A (V) cements. It was concluded that the utilization of bottom ash mixed with fly ash does not modify the compressive strength or durable characteristics of the mortars studied in this research program.

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