This spring, St. Ambrose industrial engineering students Andrew Czorniak and Danielle Mendez found themselves at a national conference alongside students from Virginia Tech, Penn State, Clemson University, and the University of Florida.
Czorniak and Mendez received two of only eight scholarships to the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) roof and building envelope studies national conference that took place in Dallas, Texas.
Such opportunities are part of the RCI's efforts to cultivate and support future building industry professionals, as well as an investment in the association's and related professions' futures, said St. Ambrose alum Russ Murphy '77, who mentored the St. Ambrose students.
During the conference Czorniak and Mendez were able to participated "shoulder-to-shoulder" with institute members, according to Murphy. Social events included a manufacturer's product trade show that provided them the opportunity to network with industry professionals from the United States and Canada, as well as the officers of RCI.
Murphy, a 24-year member of RCI, is a Building Envelope Consultant with Shive-Hattery Architects and Engineers, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a Registered Roof Consultant. He's served on the RCI technical committee and as faculty, and currently serves as liaison for RCI on the Roof Industry Committee on Weather Issues Board of Directors.
RCI is an international association of professional consultants, architects, and engineers who specialize in the specification and design and condition studies of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall systems. Since 1983 RCI members have offered unbiased design, repair planning, quality observance, legal testimony and general roof management services. In March 2006, RCI expanded its mission and service scope to include waterproofing and exterior walls.