November 15, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Prominent Clemson University academic wins award for contributions to the roofing industry.

The Roofing Alliance is proud to announce the winner of the 2022 Bennett Award, Dhaval Gajjar, Ph.D. of Clemson University. The award recognizes individuals who volunteer and offer notable positive accomplishments on behalf of the Roofing Alliance and the roofing industry.

Dr. Gajjar is being recognized for his contributions over the last five years for helping to build university-level curriculum in partnership with the Roofing Alliance with the goal of bringing a higher level of roofing education in construction management programs. He has developed a nine credit, three course, Roofing Certificate Program that is changing the view of roofing in higher education. The Roofing Alliance is committed to sharing the curriculum with other construction management programs and is backing that with essential training for professors who want to implement the courses.

“Dhaval’s enthusiasm for roofing has been obvious from the very beginning,” stated Kelly Van Winkle, Roofing Alliance president. “We are very proud to present this prestigious award to Dhaval, recognizing his contribution to roofing along with his passion to grow the professionalism of the industry.”

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Bennett Award, please visit the Roofing Alliance website at  For more information about the Roofing Alliance, please contact Alison L. LaValley, CAE at

About the Roofing Alliance 

The Roofing Alliance is committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives — all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence.  Composed of 185 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities, the Roofing Alliance has committed $14 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of the industry and allocated more than $5.9 million to fund 53 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects.  Serving as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Alliance members are focused on giving back and supporting high-quality educational programs and ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues.  For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit

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