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Champion Award

Lawrence L. Sutter—Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, Associate Dean of Research and External Relations, and Director of the Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory at Michigan Technological University—has been selected as the eighth recipient of the ACAA Champion Award. The award was announced February 9, 2022, by ACAA Chairman Steve Benza at the Association’s Winter Meeting.

For the past 40 years, Professor Sutter has been engaged in materials characterization, concrete materials research, and concrete durability issues. Much of that work has focused on secondary and recycled materials such as fly ash and blast furnace slag. He has also closely studied the effects of deicing chemicals on concrete pavements.

Professor Sutter is actively engaged in numerous committees and subcommittees of ASTM International and the American Concrete Institute. He is a fellow of both organizations and has received many awards from ASTM and ACI for his contributions. In recent years, he has worked to continually revise and improve ASTM C618, Standard Specification for Coal Fly Ash and Raw or Calcined Natural Pozzolan for Use in Concrete—the cornerstone specification for the use of fly ash in concrete in the U.S.

“The current effort to revise 618 to recognize harvested ash and bottom ash is proving to be a big challenge. However, Larry has been leading the way,” Benza noted.

A registered engineer in the state of Michigan, Professor Sutter received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Michigan Tech.

ACAA established the Champion Award in 2012 to recognize extraordinary contributions to the beneficial use of coal combustion products. The recipient is selected exclusively by the Chair of the ACAA Board of Directors and is known only to the Chair until the moment the presentation is made. The recipient may be an individual or individuals; an institution—private or public; a member of the ACAA or a non-member; living or deceased.


2012 – John Ward, ACAA Government Relations Committee Chairman

2013 – David Goss, former ACAA Executive Director

2014 – U.S. Representative David B. McKinley

2015 – USDA Agricultural Research Service

2017 – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research

2018 – Bruce W. Ramme, WEC Energies Group

2020 – Charles Price, Charah Solutions

2022 – Lawrence L. Sutter, Michigan Technological University