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Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials Hires Technical Director

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich (March 23, 2022) -- NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Materials has hired Aparna Deshmukh as Technical Director. She will be responsible for managing the technical and educational efforts of NEx.

Aparna brings nearly a decade of experience in structural engineering and materials research, previously working on projects involving additive manufacturing, cementitious inks, and smart concrete. Prior to joining NEx, Aparna worked as a structural engineer and lecturer while earning her MS in Structural Engineering from Pune University, Pune, India. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, and is a member of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), ASTM International, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

“NEx will focus on developing guidelines and adoption of non-metallic materials and products in construction that will eventually benefit in reducing the global carbon footprint caused by the construction industry,” said Aparna. “I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to implement my expertise in advancing non-metallic materials and technology in construction.”

In addition to managing the technical and educational efforts, Aparna will be developing proposals for NEx projects, directing development of special engineering or educational products, reviewing NEx technical documents, and serving as a liaison for assigned committees and industry partners.

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