PPI Fills Technical, Engineering Positions

July 8, 2013
PPI has hired a technical director & director of engineering for its Corrugated Plastic Pipe Div.

Two industry professionals have joined the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI), Executive Director Tony Radoszewski announced. Sarah Patterson has been appointed PPI technical director and Dan Currence, P.E. is the director of engineering for PPI's Corrugated Plastic Pipe Div. (CPPA).

"These are two highly experienced and exceptionally qualified professionals," Radoszewski said. "Sarah's work within PPI and the industry is well known as she has contributed for many years to our organization and the industry in a number of roles including the PPI's conduit division chair and vice chair, and also the group's marketing chair plus as a member of our board of directors. She has also served on a number of industry groups including ASTM, The Society of Plastic Engineers and the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers. Her papers and articles have appeared in numerous industry publications."

As technical director, Patterson will chair the PPI Hydrostatic Stress Board (HSB), and support the PPI Technical Committee. She will also be involved in the continuous improvement of national and international standards such as ISO, ASTM, CSA, ASME, AWWA and API. Patterson will also oversee management of PPI technical data, documents, specifications, recommendations, manuals and guides.

She joins PPI from Dow Chemical Co. where she was a research scientist for the Performance Packaging Technical Service & Development Pipe Group. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University.

Currence comes to PPI from Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. where he was the central zone manager for engineered products, and previously director of national engineering - west. A registered Professional Engineer, he has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental/Sanitary Engineering, both from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

"Dan is highly knowledgeable in the markets the CPPA serves and also with the products," Radoszewski said. "He has worked with Departments of Transportation, public works departments and system design engineers. His contributions as a U.S. Naval Officer as director of facilities engineering and his other roles during his military service will also serve to benefit PPI members and our industries. Due to his more than 22 years of experience, Dan inherently understands the needs of communities. Storm water, sanitary sewer and agriculture are rapidly growing areas for our industry and also for our country, and so we are grateful that Dan has joined us at this exciting time."

On behalf of CPPA, Currence will continue to work with organizations such as ASTM, ASCE, Society of Plastics Engineers, and AASHTO.

Source: Plastics Pipe Institute

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