Dale P. Bentz
Dale P. Bentz is a chemical engineer in the Inorganic Materials Group of the Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Mr. Bentz received his Bachelor of Science degree in May 1984 from the University of Maryland, College Park. Having worked in the Building Materials Division full-time during the summer of 1983 and part-time during the subsequent school year, he permanently joined the Division upon graduation. Mr. Bentz received a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Hood College in May 1991 and a Master's of Arts Degree in Teaching from Mount Saint Mary's University in 2013.
Initially, his research activities were focused on the development of computer image processing software and hardware to quantify the properties and degradation states of building materials. More recently, his research has focused on the application of computer modeling to relate microstructure to material properties for random porous media, such as cement-based materials and fire resistive materials.
Mr. Bentz spent 17 months in industry (from July 1987 to December 1988) at the corporate research facility of W.R. Grace & Co., where he was the recipient of one patent, before returning to NIST. At W.R. Grace, his research and development efforts were directed towards waterproofing and fireproofing materials and admixtures for concrete. From 1993 to 1994, he spent six months working at the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment in Grenoble, France, collaborating on research on the transport and shrinkage properties of building materials.
In 1997, he took a one-year leave of absence from his research position to volunteer at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, an orphanage in Mexico. In the summer of 2002, he took an eighteen-month leave to volunteer at Hogar de la Esperanza, an orphanage in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Mr. Bentz is a former chairperson of the Cements Division of the American Ceramic Society, a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). In both 1999 and 2000, he was a Knud Hojgaard Foundation visiting professor on concrete technology in the Building Materials Laboratory at the Technical University of Denmark. In the summer of 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Technical University of Braunschweig.
1987 - IR-100 award from R&D Magazine for Infrared Emission Surface Profilometer
1997 - Brunaeur Best Paper Award from Cements Division/ACerS
1997 - Robert L'Hermite Medal from RILEM
1998 - Bronze Medal from USDOC
1998 - Maryland Distinguished Young Engineer
2007 - American Concrete Institute Wason Medal for Materials Research
2007 - ESCSI Frank G. Erskine Award
2009 - Silver Medal from USDOC
2009 - Bronze Medal from USDOC
2009 - BFRL Communicator Award
2010 - Best paper award from Magazine of Concrete Research
2012 - Honorary Membership in ASTM Committee C01 on Cement
2015 - American Concrete Institute Cedric Willson Lightweight Aggregate Concrete Award
2018 - American Concrete Institute Fellow Award