Success is set in stone

No small petri dish for this experiment.

Charles Engineers at the new Charles Pankow Concrete Materials Laboratory will test large concrete specimens in a special environmental chamber that simulates extreme temperatures and humidity. The research will focus on reducing cracks in concrete and corrosion of steel rods in reinforced concrete, and will help the nation deal with aging highways, bridges and other infrastructure by developing more durable and environmentally friendly concrete, according to lab director Jason Weiss.

The lab was created and equipped with $2 million from a $4.7 million donation from the family of alumnus Charles Pankow (BSCE ’47, HDR ’83), who died in 2004.