Bio

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UIC Civil and Materials Engineering, 2095 Engineering Research Facility, 842 W. Taylor Street (M/C 246), Chicago, Illinois 60607-7023

MS, Civil Engineering

Michigan State University, 1968

BS, Civil Engineering 

University of Madras, India, 1966

Mr. Kasi, currently Chairman of the Board at Alfred Benesch & Company, is a practicing civil/structural engineer specializing in bridge design. He is an internationally recognized contributor in the fields of Value Engineering (VE) and life cycle cost analysis. With more than 43 years of experience as a project manager and project engineer on highway, bridge and building projects. He has authored and co-authored several publications for ASCE, CRSI, NIST and ASTM. He is currently the Recertification Director for SAVE International and Sub-Committee Chairman for ASTM E06.81-Building Economics.

  • University of Illinois – Chicago Taught three courses on theory and design procedures related to the analysis and design of modern bridges using AASHTO code. Include concrete and steel structures, construction practices and procedures.

2009: Course 594: Advanced Bridge Design

2008: Course 502: Bridge Design II

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Taught introduction course to problem-solving techniques through TQE

1999: Total Quality Engineering in Planning and Design (national broadcast)

  • University of Wisconsin – Madison 1980-1993: Taught VE correspondence courses for civil engineers, including: 1991: Course 1427: Value Engineering I for Industry, Service, Design and Construction

1991: Course 2411: Value Engineering I for Industry, Service, Design and Construction

1993: Course 3162: Value Engineering II for Industry, Service, Design and Construction

2009: Outstanding Achievement in Management Award, SAVE International

2008: ASCE Civil Engineer of the Year Award

2007: First Prize Paper, ASTM Advantage Award, for “Managing Transportation Projects with ASTM International Standards”

2005: National VE Award, AASHTO (I-94 Reconstruction VE Study)

2005: Best Paper of the SCEA/ISPA Conference: “A Unique Model of L

2005: Best Overall Paper: “A Unique Model for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis,” International Society of Parametric Analysis (ISPA) and Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA)

2004: Induction into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

1992: Paper of the Year Award (SAVE International)

1989: Excellence in Value Engineering (SAVE International)

1989: Best Paper of the Year Award, STH 16 Bypass, Watertown, WI (SAVE International)

1989: Award of Excellence in Value Engineering, SAVE International

1988: SEAOI Award for VECP of US 31 over St. Joseph River in Niles, MI

1978: Richard B. DeMars Award – Honorable Mention

2009: Function Approach to Transportation Projects Author: The only book of its kind to specifically address the application of VE principles to transportation projects.

1986: Function Analysis – The Stepping Stones to Good Value Co-Author: A premiere textbook on VE, translated into both Spanish and French.

1986: An Introduction to Function Analysis for Architects, Engineers and Builders

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

2011: “Benefits of Using ASTM Building Economics Standards for the Design, Construction, and Operation of Constructed Facilities.”

2010: “Proposed UNIFORMAT II Classification of Bridge Elements”

American Standards for Testing Materials (ASTM)

2007: “Managing Transportation Projects with ASTM International Standards”

2006: Standard for Function Analysis, Value Engineering

I-94 Modified Tied-Arch Bridge Publications and Presentations 2007: International Bridge Conference

2007: World Steel Bridge Symposium & Workshops

2006: Structural Steel Magazine

American Concrete Institute (ACI) 1984: Cost of Reinforced Concrete High-Rise Columns: SP 90-14

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 1989: “Special Topics in Bridge Design & Inspection

Manual: Quality on the Constructed Project

International Society of Parametric Analysis (ISPA) and the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) “A Unique Model for Life Cycle Costs”

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) Publications “Guide to Structural System Selection” “Workbook for Evaluating Concrete Building Design” “Building Design Concepts: An Architectural Perspective” “A New Look at Short-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridges” “SLABBRDG: Design of Continuous Reinforced Concrete Slab Superstructures for Bridges”

Professional Engineer: IL, FL, KY, MI, WI

Structural Engineer: IL

Certified Value Specialist – Life (1983)

American Consulting Engineers Council

American Society of Quality Control

American Society of Testing and Materials (including E.06 Subcommittee)

Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois

SAVE International