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Concrete Sustainability Hub

Randolph Kirchain has been named as the new co-director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub). Kirchain is a principal research scientist in the Materials Systems Laboratory, part of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. As a member of the CSHub, he has conducted studies on the economics of different types of pavements in varied climate and traffic scenarios over decades of use, and on how to estimate the cost of damage from hazards such as hurricanes over the life cycle of a house or building.

“Randy has done important work that sheds light on how design, materials, and process work together over the lifespan of a product,” said Professor Franz-Josef Ulm, Faculty Director of the research centre. "His expertise, informed by strong connections with industry, has guided the CSHub’s findings about concrete’s impact on infrastructure.”

Loesche ThermoProzess

As of 1 November 2014, Hendrik Rahms will be supporting LOESCHE ThermoProzess GmbH (LTP) in the technical sales department and in the product development of thermal applications.

For several years Rahms worked as a Process Engineer and Project Manager at Brinkmann Industrielle Feuerungs-Systeme GmbH and, therefore, is very familiar with burner and process technology, as well as customer requirements in the industry. After completing his studies (Dipl.-Ing. FH) in supply and disposal technology, Rahms went on to complete a second degree (M. Sc.) in the field of technical management, with a focus on energy technology. By the end of his studies, Rahms had amassed nearly five years industry experience as a test engineer in the field of industrial gas use and fuel technology at Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V.

Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco has added 18 sales personnel to provide local expertise and support to its rental customer base. In addition to creating a local point of contact, the new sales staff will help rental centres find the right equipment to maximise fleet utilisation and acts as a resource for customers by helping to arrange comprehensive financing, and providing maintenance tips and product training.

“More and more contractors are turning to rental centres for cost-effective equipment solutions,” said Brian Bieller, Atlas Copco Vice President of Business Development. “We’ve added professionals who excel in customer service and finding practical solutions that will help rental centers serve their customers and expand their bases.”

The new staff additions are part of an overall strategy to build local relationships and support with rental customers and the markets they serve. The sales support team now consists of 25 people dedicated to support the rental channel. In addition to conducting training and demonstrations as well as arranging financing, the local sales staff also will assist rental centers in local marketing and publicity efforts.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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