Axion Structural Innovations launches advisory board, names inaugural members
Industry’s leading experts to provide insight, direction for company’s future innovations
ZANESVILLE, Ohio March 15, 2018 — Axion Structural Innovations, a leading provider of proven, tested structural composite solutions for a wide variety of industrial applications, is announcing the formation of an advisory board to provide insights and direction for the company’s current and future innovations. The advisory board will be comprised of industry-leading experts in engineering, transportation, technology and other key disciplines.
Inaugural advisory board members are:
David Connell — Mr. Connell’s railroad engineering professional career spanned more than 30 years. Most recently, he served as the vice president of engineering for Union Pacific Railroad, where he led the design, construction and maintenance of the nation’s largest railway. Active in his profession, he is past chair of the Railroad Design Committee at the Transportation Research Board. He is also past chair of the Heavy Axle Load Committee and past vice chair of the Research Technology Working Committee at the Association of American Railroad’s Transportation Technology Center.
Frederick Deans — Mr. Deans has more than 40 years of sales/marketing, technical service, manufacturing, business development and business management experience at companies such as General Electric and Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG), working in the automotive, architectural and industrial market segments. He is an expert in product evaluation, processing, production, product engineering and in coordinating new product introductions. Among his many accomplishments are his work engineering the development of an automotive glass-forming process, introducing monolithic tempered privacy glass for sport-utility vehicles (SUVs); development of the first unidirectional GMT composites for new-generation automotive bumper systems; and managing a next-generation long-fiber thermoplastic composite development (D-LFT) for underhood (IFES, underbody shields) and off-road vehicle load floors. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE’s) Automotive and Composites Divisions, past chair of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), and an SPE Honored Service Member.
David A. Jack — An associate professor at the Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science, Mr. Jack has established himself as a leader in the numerical modeling of injection molding of fiber-reinforced polymer systems. His expertise blends physics-based constitutive modeling with experimental polymer characterization, providing him with a rare breadth of technical capability. He is currently developing a model to analyze data taken from graphite- or glass fiber-reinforced composites. This leads to the creation of 3D images and has the potential to revolutionize the inspection and repair of structures utilizing composite materials.
David Allen – Dr. Allen is an internationally recognized researcher in viscoelastic and nonlinear material modeling with over 100 major archival publications. Dr. Allen has served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas – Pan American and currently serves on the Aerospace Advisory Board. He is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. His textbook “Introduction to Aerospace Structural Analysis,” John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1985, was widely adopted by and used in aerospace engineering departments.
Charles Dahan — Mr. Dahan is an international adviser who has worked in conjunction with the World Bank on renewable energy, the National Institutes of Health and other private interests. Mr. Dahan has other varied business interests and manages these projects through his corporation, Asset Management, LLC. Charles Dahan has received several distinctions and awards, including 1000 Points of Light Award from President George Bush (1990); The President’s Volunteer Action Award from President Clinton (1994); and the Chevalier Du Wissam Al Moukafaa At Watania (Knight of the Order of National Merit) presented by HM Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco (2000). He speaks French, English, Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish.
“Axion’s field-tested industrial solutions represent a transformative force in the industries we serve – from railroad and transportation to construction and energy, “said Claude Brown, Jr, president, Axion Structural Innovation. “Our advisory board members are our window into the future. They will help guide us as we push the envelope to find the next solution.”
Axion is changing the paradigm in industries that have historically relied upon lumber products for everything from railroad ties to construction mats. The company’s products are stronger, more durable and perform better over time. The company has conducted more than half a million installations of its ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties in 16 countries across six continents. Its STRUXURE® Construction Mats, cribbing and industrial supports are impervious to moisture and resistant to insects and rotting over time.
About Axion Structural Innovations
Axion Structural Innovations is a leading provider of proven, tested polymer-based structural solutions that replace hardwood in a wide variety of industrial applications. Relying on proprietary technology that has been developed and refined over nearly two decades, Axion’s ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties and STRUXURE® Construction Mats are stronger, more durable and longer lasting than hardwood based on repeated independent testing. Made of recycled post-consumer plastic, the company’s products help remove plastic from the waste stream and transform it into smart, sustainable, fully recyclable products for industries that include railroad and transportation,