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Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials Hires Technical Director

Parul Dubey on March 24, 2022 - in News, People

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. –  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 nonmetallic 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.  To learn more or to get involved with NEx, visit  nonmetallic.org or contact [email protected].


For more information, contact:

José Carrasco


p +1.248.848.3160

josé[email protected]


About NEx

NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials, was established in 2021 by the American Concrete Institute with Aramco as its founding member.   The Center, based at ACI World Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, accelerates the use of nonmetallic materials and products in construction, leveraging ACI’s role as a world-leading authority and resource for the development, dissemination, and adoption of consensus-based standards for concrete design, construction and materials. The Center’s membership is open to government agencies, industries, technical societies, standard bodies, manufacturers, contractors, and professionals.  To learn more, visit www.nonmetallic.org

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