ST. LOUIS, MO January 2–Ward R. Malisch has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) as technical director. He was senior managing director of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), a position from which he recently retired.

Malisch previously was editor of Concrete Construction magazine for nearly 15 years, the director of construction information services for the Portland Cement Association, and ACI's managing director of engineering. He taught at several universities for nearly 20 years.

Malisch received his B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.

In addition to his other duties at ACI, Malisch answered concrete contractors' questions via the ASCC technical hotline, and wrote the organization's Troubleshooting Newsletter. He has been a member of the ASCC board of directors since 2001 and is a former chair of the ASCC Education & Training Committee. He assisted in producing ASCC's 26 Position Statements that offer practical answers to situations commonly faced by concrete contractors.

As technical director Malisch will continue to answer the hotline and produce the Troubleshooting Newsletter. His duties will also include reviewing construction related ACI documents, writing technical articles and papers, coordinating research projects, providing contractor input on technical matters to other organizations, and developing programs for the technical education of contractors.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors. There are approximately 575 member companies in the United States and five foreign countries. For more information on the ASCC visit the web site at www.ascconline.org or call 314-962-0210.