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Dan Cook, Ph.D.

Dr. Dan Cook


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering
Oklahoma State University

M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering
Oklahoma State University

B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering
Oklahoma State University

A.S., Mathematics
Tulsa Community College

A.A., Secondary Education
Tulsa Community College

Dr. Cook has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of construction, concrete, cement, and research & development. Dr. Cook grew up working for his family owned concrete construction company starting as a laborer and working through the positions of finisher, foreman, and estimator. Dr. Cook has a vast experience of building concrete structures from floor slabs using post-tension cabling, parking lots with minimal elevation for drainage, city streets, private dams, small bridges, retaining walls, residential house slabs and driveways, decorative concrete, and concrete repair.

During his undergraduate studies, Dr. Cook continued to work for this family owned construction company to help pay for college. Then Dr. Cook worked as a research assistant on a variety of projects in the concrete laboratory at Oklahoma State University. Some of his most noteworthy contributions as a research team member of Tyler Ley were the development of the Box Test AASHTO TP 137 as a workability test for slip formed paving and creation of the Tarantula Curve for aggregate proportioning in a concrete mixture design.

Upon completing his doctorate, Dr. Cook worked as a technical service engineer for an international cement supplier. Dr. Cook provided technical support for both customers and internal personnel on a variety of topics related to cement, slag cement, concrete, masonry, and oil-well. Some of these tasks included communicating material specifications, generating concrete submittals, submitting slag and cement submittals, designing mixes for concrete, conducting quality audits, and troubleshooting hardened and fresh concrete and masonry. Also, Dr. Cook has designed mixtures for a wide-spread of applications such as high strength concrete, slip formed paving concrete, typical slab-on-grade concrete, pumpable concrete, self-consolidating concrete, flowable fill, grout, and even a few mass pour mixtures.

Dr. Cook joined the academic world as a research associate in Civil Engineering Department of Oklahoma State University. He also taught classes for the HCMTB program (ODOT training center). Dr. Cook is an assistant Professor of Professional

Practice in the Construction Engineering Technology (CET) and the director of the HCMTB. This HCMTB program provides both training and certifications for technicians to inspect, sample, and test construction materials. Dr. Cook has been a main voting member of ASTM 04.02 Concrete & Aggregate. Dr. Cook has also been a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and is a committee member of ACI 211 ”Proportioning of Concrete Mixtures” and ACI 302 “Construction of Floor Slabs”

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