Honorary Membership is given to "persons of eminence in the field of the Institute's interest, or one who has performed extraordinary meritorious service to the Institute". Since 1926 when this rank was established, 261 ACI members have been elected to Honorary Membership. Already honored as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (FACI), Dean A. Browning was recognized "for his long and outstanding service to ACI and his leadership at the Charles Pankow Foundation".
Browning retired from Charles Pankow Builders in 2011 and the Charles Pankow Foundation in 2013, and he completed ACI committee work in 2019. He is past Chair of the ACI Hot Topics Committee and a past member of the ACI Board of Direction, Construction Liaison Committee, Financial Advisory Committee, Hot Topics Committee, Publications Committee, Educational Activities Committee, and Convention Committee; and the ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council. He is also a past member of ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code, and ACI Subcommittees 318-A, General, Concrete, and Construction, and 318-B, Anchorage and Reinforcement. Browning was the recipient of the 2013 Roger H. Corbetta Concrete Constructor Award.
He received his BS in 1971 and his MS in 1974 in civil engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Between his BS and MS degrees, he worked for the State of Indiana Highway Department as a Highway Engineer at the Research and Training Center in West Lafayette, IN, evaluating the impact of highway research projects funded by state and federal programs and performing training of highway personnel. While at Purdue, he met Charles Pankow, who convinced him to move to the West Coast.
Browning retired from Charles Pankow Builders, where he worked primarily in the San Francisco office, but he moved his family to other company project and office locations during his 37 years, filling many field and office positions. He started as a Field Engineer and retired as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer overseeing field operations. Most of his positions included managing significant design-build projects. Browning has been a speaker on techniques for managing multiple design and construction disciplines during a design-build projext. He is a past member of the Design-Build Institute of America, of which Charles Pankow Builders is a charter member.
Browning retired from the Charles Pankow Foundation, where he was responsible for administering active research grants funded by the Foundation.
Dean Browning was a member of the Northern California & Western Nevada Chapter, American Concrete Institute, where he served as President (2007), a member of the Board of Direction, and Co-Chair of the 2004 ACI Centennial Convention in San Francisco, CA. The Chapter would like to welcome him to its ranks of Honorary Members, and congratulate him for this wonderful achievement!