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CAMBRIDGE, MA, Dec. 15, 2000 -- Ara A. Jeknavorian, Ph.D., research manager of Grace Construction Products' Specialty Construction Chemicals unit, is a recipient of the 2000 CANMET/ACI (American Concrete Institute) Award. Dr. Jeknavorian was cited for his sustained and original contributions and distinguished achievements in the area of superplasticizers and other chemical admixture technologies for use in concrete. The award was presented to Dr. Jeknavorian at the Sixth CANMET/ACI International Conference on Superplasticizers and Other Chemical Admixtures, which was recently held in Nice, France. Dr. Jeknavorian was one of five industry leaders from around the globe selected for this award. He was the only recipient from the United States to be honored at this year's conference, which brings together approximately 200 scientists representing, industry, universities, and government agencies.

The CANMET/ACI award recognizes Dr. Jeknavorian for a distinguished career in concrete technology that spans more than two decades. He is an inventor on nine patents for concrete and masonry admixtures, and the author of 20 publications in the field of analytical chemistry of cementitious systems and the application of chemical admixtures for concrete.

"I am honored to be recognized by CANMET/ACI and to be included among the distinguished recipients of this prestigious award, each of whom has made significant contributions in the development of concrete admixtures.. This award represents a major milestone in my career," noted Dr. Jeknavorian.

Dr. Jeknavorian joined Grace as a research chemist in 1979. For 15 years he worked in the Technical Service Group diagnosing and providing corrective action for a vast array of performance problems associated with cement, concrete and chemical admixtures. In 1995, he assumed his current position, where he has global responsibility for the development of a wide-range of chemical additives that improve concrete quality.

Dr. Jeknavorian is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Concrete Institute, and the American Society for Testing and Materials. He attended Lowell Technological Institute, graduating with a BS in Chemistry in 1971, and an MS degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1974. Later in his career, he earned a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), where he conducted pioneering research on the determination of interground additions and chemical admixtures in cement and hardened concrete.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Grace Construction Products, a division of W. R. Grace & Co., (NYSE: GRA), is a leading manufacturer worldwide of concrete admixtures, cement processing additives, fire protection and waterproofing products and masonry products. The company has more than 125 plants and sales offices around the world.

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