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Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., (ADS) has hired John M. Kurdziel, P.E., for the newly created position of director of technical services and market development.
A graduate of The Cooper Union in civil engineering, Kurdziel is a recognized authority in structural design and installation of storm sewer pipe and culverts. Beginning his career as project manager for the Federal Highway Administration, Kurdziel also has served as Director of Technical Services for the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA), director of marketing and sales for ESSROC, and vice president of engineering and marketing for North Star Concrete Company.
During his career, Kurdziel has authored or co-authored more than 35 publications related to the drainage industry. For more than 20 years, Kurdziel has served and continues to serve in committee memberships for the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO), the American Standards and Testing Materials (ASTM), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ACPA. He has further earned the Federal Highway Associations (FHWA) Award of Excellence, ASTMs Award of Merit and honorary title of "Fellow." He is also registered as a licensed Professional Engineer in four states.
"We are truly pleased to have John become a member of our team," said Joe Chlapaty, president and chief operating officer of ADS. "We see his decision to join us as one more indication that corrugated polyethylene pipe has earned the status of an engineered product capable of outperforming reinforced concrete pipe."
Along with his numerous publications, Kurdziel also has written more than 15 design manuals covering structural design, hydraulic design, quality assurance, and installation and inspection for storm sewer pipe and culverts.
"John will focus his efforts to expand market opportunities for our N-12® pipe and solidify our leadership position in the stormwater drainage industry," Chlapaty said. "His reputation as a trusted industry expert will be further enhanced with his new undertaking in the plastic pipe industry."