"Commending The University of Alabama in Huntsville on Winning an Unprecedented Fifth Concrete Canoe National Championship"

Introduced by Tom Butler
Alabama State Senator (D); Senate Majority Leader

Resolution No. 01-097, July 12, 2001
Montgomery, Alabama
Office of the Secretary


    WHEREAS, highest commendations and heartiest congratulations are hereby extended to the engineering students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville on winning an unprecedented fifth Concrete Canoe National Championship in San Diego, California, on June 16, 2001; and

    WHEREAS, the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) previously won the national championship in 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1998 and the 2001 victory broke a tie with Cal-Berkeley which won four of the first five titles; and

    WHEREAS, although UAH has one of the smallest civil engineering departments represented at the competitions, during the past 10 concrete canoe events, UAH has finished second three times and won five national championships; and

    WHEREAS, to claim the 2001 title, the UAH team used a unique, flexible space-age concrete mix and graphite cloth to make its 76 pound, 22.4 foot canoe, named "Survivor"; the concrete is made of Portland cement, glass micro-beads, latex, acrylic fortifier, and water and weighs only 47.3 pounds per cubic foot, which is so light that a solid block will float in water and so flexible it can bend without breaking; and

    WHEREAS, the faculty advisors for the UAH concrete canoe team and the UAH's ASCE chapter are: Dr. John Gilbert, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Houssam Toutanji, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; and

    WHEREAS, student members of the 2000-2001 concrete team were: Tim Barnett of Huntsville; Crystal Bennett Echols of Eva; Bryan Cheatwood of Vinemont; Andre Danson of Huntsville; Yong Deng of Huntsville; Bob Engberg of Huntsville; Jessica Garcia of Huntsville; Team Captain Stuart Johnson of Huntsville; Cherie Meeks of Huntsville; Mitch Meeks of Huntsville; Monica Morris of Wetumpka; Teng Ooi of Huntsville; Frances Pitruzzello of Huntsville; Myia Redic of Columbia, Tennessee, Richard Redoblado of Huntsville; Kari Salomaa of Somerville and Finland; Greg Stenberg of Huntsville; Keble Ward of Huntsville; Todd Watts of Carmel, California; Jackie Whitaker of Cullman; Brandon Whitworth of Huntsville; and Sarah Yeldell of Hendersonville, Tennessee; and

    WHEREAS, these fine students and their faculty advisors bring great honor to themselves, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the great State of Alabama and are deserving of highest praise for their dedicated efforts and accomplishments; now therefore,

    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That in recognition of outstanding achievement, the 2000-2001 Concrete Canoe Team from the University of Alabama in Huntsville is most highly commended and heartily congratulated on winning its fifth Concrete Canoe National Championship, and it is directed that a copy of this resolution shall be provided with sincere best wishes for continuing success.

    I hereby certify that the above Interim Resolution No. 01-097 is a true and correct copy, introduced on this the 12th day of July, 2001, pursuant to Senate Ruling No. 79.

McDowell Lee
Secretary of State

Team UAH thanks Senator Butler!

Senator Tom Butler, born April 9, 1944, in Huntsville, Alabama, is beginning his second term in the Senate after serving from 1982-1994 in the House of Representatives.  He received his degrees from the University of Alabama and Auburn University.

Senator Butler and his wife, Karen, are the parents of two children: Robin and Jill.  He is a Pharmacist/Health Underwriter, Baptist, Democrat, and is a member of the Optimist, the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association, and the North Alabama Health Underwriters Association.

Senator Butler enjoys golf, hiking, and white water rafting.

Contact information:

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136 Hartington Dr.
Madison, AL 35758
(256) 837-8374