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ICC4 Infrastructure Speakers

ICC4 and 3rd Ceramic Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future of Ceramics

Hamlin Jennings, Executive Director, Concrete Sustainability Hub, MIT


Biography: Jennings is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He has over 200 publications. He earned his BS in Physics from Tufts University, his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Brown University, and completed his Post-doc (Civil Engineering) at the University of Cape Town.



Robert Moon, Materials Research Engineer, Performance Enhanced Biopolymers group, Forest Products Laboratory, US Forest Service


Biography: Moon is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Materials Engineering and a member of the Brick Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University. He received a BS in Metallurgy from the University of Wisconsin (1994), a MS (1996) and PhD (2000) in Materials Engineering from Purdue University, and completed his postdoctoral research (2000-2005) in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His specialty is in processing-structure-property relationships of layered, gradient, and hierarchical structured materials and composites. In 2005, Moon joined the USFS-Forest Products Laboratory, and in 2007 he was selected by FPL to lead a collaborative research program between Purdue University and FPL that advances nanoscale science and engineering of forestry based materials. He has been applying his expertise to study the role of hierarchical structures and interfaces on the mechanisms that dictate properties at the nano, meso and macro length scales of cellulose nanomaterials and their composites.



Mariarosa Racaimondo

Mariarosa Raimondo, Researcher, Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics, National Research Council, Italy


Biography: Degree in Industrial Chemistry. Since 1997 researcher at ISTEC CNR and since 2001 Project Leader into the “Development of innovative industrial materials, systems and processes”. At present, her scientific activity deals with the realization of “smart” industrial surfaces – mainly ceramics but also metals, composites, etc. – in order to control their wetting behaviour, planning static and dynamic super-hydrophobic materials with lasting performances. Photocatalytic and super-hydrophilic materials for outdoor or indoor exposure, anti-reflective coatings, deposition of new decoration systems and inks, development of new technologies are also under her investigation. Research plans also concern the technological transfer of innovative solutions to materials and implants manufacturers in order to make processes suitable for the new market requirements. Scientific activity is witnessed by approximately 80 papers, 50 communications to conferences and several lectures to scientific and technical congresses.



Laurent Barcelo, Manager, Strategic Projects and Scientific Network, Lafarge Canada, Inc.


Biography: Barcelo works both for the Research Center of the Lafarge Group as well as the Cement Technical Center responsible for Americas and Europe areas. He is in frequent interactions with academic teams in North America, evaluating the possibilities of collaborations in relation with the activities and the scientific priorities of the group. He also manages long term projects such as the technical carbon reduction strategies for Lafarge North-America. Barcelo holds a PhD from Ecole Normale Superieure of Cachan and a French Engineering degree from Ales School of Mines. He has worked at Lafarge group for 15 years. He contributed to then managed several research projects in the Research Center of the group. He worked on the development of several of the flagship products of the Lafarge group such as DuctalTM, AgiliaTM, ExtensiaTM, before he joined the Product Development Team for Cement in North America that he managed a few years later.



Todd Rushing, Research Physical Scientist, Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center


Biography: Rushing has served in his current position since 2006, where he has studied various materials, including thermoplastics, thermoset composites and FRPs, geotechnical composites including concretes, and nano-scale reinforcing materials. His current research is focused on micro- and nano-scale engineering and testing of cementitious and hybrid materials to achieve advanced performance for force protection and other applications. Of specific interest are ultra-high-strength concretes with fibrous reinforcements. Previously, Rushing spent two years in private industry as a Research Engineer for an ultra-performance polymeric resin manufacturer. His experience includes industrial polymer synthesis, characterization and melt processing, as well as intellectual property management. Rushing holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi (1998) and a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi’s renowned School of Polymers and High Performance Materials (2004).


Andreas Tselebidis, Manager, BASF


Biography: Tselebidisis responsible for concrete technology and development in NAFTA and manages the Concrete Technology and Applications Group. Since starting with BASF in 2004, he has led Concrete Research and Development, led Green Sense Concrete Program for NAFTA region, and managed Concrete Concept Group for Construction Chemical Platform. Previously, he was a Scientist at SKW Trostberg AG in Germany where he was responsible for customer support and field implementation of new technologies in the field of concrete and mortars. He earned is MS in Civil Engineering from University of Siegen, Germany in 1999.



Wilasa Vichit-Vadakan

Wilasa Vichit-Vadakan, Senior Researcher, Siam Research and Innovation Co.


Biography: Vichit-Vadakan is a Senior Researcher at Siam Research and Innovation Co. Ltd., a research company owned by SCG Cement, Thailand’s oldest and largest cement manufacturer. Her research interest lies in two major areas: optimization of specialized Portland cement and the use of superabsorbent polymers in Portland cement-based systems. Both of these areas overlap in that their mechanisms can be used to explain and improve the durability of concrete and mortar. Prior to coming to SCG, she was a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a PhD from Princeton University, MS fromĀ  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and BS from Cornell University, all in civil engineering.



Lionel Lemay

Lionel Lemay, Sr. Vice President, Sustainable Development, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)


Biography: Lemay manages programs that assist producers, contractors, and designers transform concrete manufacturing and construction to improve overall sustainability of the concrete industry. He manages programs to educate concrete industry professionals, engineers and architects on the proper use and design of concrete for buildings, parking areas, roadways, and other applications. He has written numerous articles on concrete construction and is co-author of the McGraw-Hill book Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Design and Construction. Mr. Lemay is a Registered Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in the State of Illinois. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute and serves on ACI committees 130 (concrete sustainability), 301 (concrete specifications), and 332 (residential concrete). He is chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers Concretes and Cementitious Materials Committee. Mr. Lemay holds a bachelors and masters degree in civil engineering and applied mechanics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.




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