Gilbert has served as the webmaster for ConcreteCanoe.org since its
launch in 2001.
John became involved in
concrete canoeing in 1976 at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM)
when he was asked by the ASCE Student Chapter to be on their faculty
sprint team. He later joined the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
where he served as the Director of Civil Engineering from 1985 to
During this time as an
administrator, John helped found the UAH ASCE Student Club and secure ABET
accreditation for the Civil Engineering program. After the program was
accredited, he chartered the UAH ASCE Student Chapter.
In 1990, after successfully
petitioning the Alabama Commission on High Education (ACHE) to grant
departmental status for Civil and Environmental Engineering, John returned
to the faculty ranks as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the MAE
Department where he focused on research. During this time, he also served
as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at UAH, Adjunct Professor of
Materials Science at the UAB and Tuscaloosa campuses, Director of the
Consortium for Holography, Applied Mechanics and Photonics (CHAMP), Staff
Member in the Center for Applied Optics (CAO), and President and CEO of
Optechnology, Inc. Despite these many commitments, John continued to serve
as a faculty advisor for Team UAH, UAH's concrete canoe team.
Although Dr. Gilbert
officially retired from academia and industry in 2013, he currently
leads a research team at UAH as a result of a University of Alabama Board of
Trustees' resolution awarding him emeritus status.
Concrete Canoe Competition Trivia
below. Run mouse over photo to reveal answer.
Gilbert won the only two
officially held as part of the NCCCs. What type of
races were they?