Our Team

Dr. Akthem Al-Manaseer

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Akthem Al-Manaseer has been the club's faculty advisor since the creation of the club. In this role, he provided invaluable technical support for competitions and acted as a liaison between students and industry leaders.

Ioana Dimitriu

Club President

Hi! My name is Ioana Taropa, I am a senior student, majoring in civil engineering. I joined ACI as part of the Spring 2020 Competition Team at the recommendation of a friend and I was excited to join a fun team, with cool hands-on projects. Being part of the club gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge on construction materials way beyond the classwork, to meet leaders of the industry and to learn about the latest technologies. In my spare time, I like to bike, hike and rock climb.

Yachen Ji


Yachen is a graduate student majoring in construction management. She joined the ACI club in
2019 when she was surprised seeing a poraver concrete cylinder floating on water. Yachen has
been working on the past two competitions and is willing to help every member to enjoy the

Rey Gian Soriano

Vice President

Hi! My name is Rey Gian Soriano and I am a 3rd year at San Jose State majoring in Civil Engineering. ACI offers plenty of opportunities for students to connect and network with leaders in the industry which is what attracted me to join the club. Also, I want to be a construction engineer and ACI gives me the opportunity to learn more about construction materials. During my spare time, I love to play basketball, go fishing, and hanging out with my friends.

Raul Bustamante

Social Media Coordinator

Hello everyone I'm excited to be a part of the American Concrete institute. I know this will be a very exciting part of my educational journey where I will be meeting new people building great relationships. I know I will be learning new things in this club and hope to bring the same value into this group as well.

Joshua Iglesias


Hello everyone! My name is Josh Iglesias, I live in the Bay Area and I am currently a 3rd year Civil engineering student. I decided to join ACI because I wanted to expand my network and gain more opportunities in hopes to find jobs/internships. Also, I want to meet more people within the club and deepen my knowledge in my field. 
Some things about me include spending time with the people I love, working out, watching sports, thrifting, photography, watching shows/movies and listening to R&B.


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