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March Technical Speaker 1

Chain Walls, OysterBreaks and Arches... Oh My! We're not in Pipe & Box land anymore!

Ms. Elizabeth "Liza" H. Kirk, P.E. - Forterra Building Products - Technical Resource Engineer

Are you tired of waiting for concrete to cure? Is inclement weather delaying your projects? Concrete Precast products can streamline your projects and expedite construction phases in spite of the weather. Not only can Precast Products help you maintain your construction schedule, but they also provide Quality Assurance by the manufacture in controlled environments, in accordance with ASTM guidlines. Precast products are Rigid, Rugged and Resilient and will stand the test of time...and tornadoes.

In this technical marketing role, Liza shares her knowledge of concrete products, capabilities, standards and regulations with the Engineering Communities of Houston, Beaumont and Bryan/College Station. Liza provides Seminars and Plant Tours promoting various Forterra products at the Jersey Village Plant, and especially enjoys giving tours of her "playground" - the Forterra product showcase area.

Before joining the Forterra Technical Resource Team, Liza worked for several private consulting firms in the Public Works Industry over the course of 15 years, focusing on water and wastewater projects. Many of the projects, especially municipal bonds and wastewater treatment plant permits required significant involvement and communication with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Since joining Forterra, Liza has become actively involved as a member of the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) and the Texas Concrete Pipe Association (TCPA). Through these organizations, she in partnership with other concrete pipe producers and affiliates, provides and receives continuing education related to concrete pipes. In addition to the ACPA/TCPA, Liza recently joined the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) C-13 Committee on Concrete Pipe and the Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) Southeast Branch. The C-13 Committee meets annually to review and discuss proposed changes to the standards for the design, manufacture, and installation of concrete pipe.

For many years, Liza has been actively involved with the Greater Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), the Houston Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the ASCE Texas Section Civil Engineering Conference (CECON) and the Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.). Liza is passionate about underground infrastructure, which was most visibly seen when she organized and participated in "I" (Infrastructure)-Day Houston, where the Engineering Professional Societies in Houston came together to share knowledge of all aspects of Infrastructure with the general public. The event included local politicial candidate debates, presentation and demonstrations including the hands-on activities focused on the K-12 age group. Liza organized the K-12 activities and as a result was able to reach out to children of all ages to teach about the importance of Infrastructure while promoting the future for Engineering and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)!

Liza was honored by her peers with the Houston area Young Engineer of the Year Award through the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. While obtaining her degree from Texas A&M University, she was previously recognized by her peers and professors as an Outstanding Engineering Student. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1996.

 

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