Degussa Admixtures, Inc. (formerly Master Builders, Inc.), has hired Dr. Michael Kerns as Group Technology Manager, replacing Dr. Bruce Christensen who has been appointed Head of R&D, Production and Procurement of the Business Unit Admixture Systems Asia Pacific based in Shanghai.
will be responsible for one of the two product development groups within the company's newly formed Technology, Innovation and Sustainability Group
, with an emphasis on dispersants and other technologies for wet cast concrete.He
reports directly to Tate Coverdale, Technology Director for Degussa Admixtures, Inc.Dr. Kerns comes to this position from Goodyear Chemical where he was the Manager of Polymer Product Development, leading efforts in research and development of new polymer products.He
brings a proven track record of product innovation and utilization of industry best practices in new product development and commercialization.A 1991 graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1995 from The Ohio State University, Dr. Kerns began his career at Bridgestone/Firestone Central Research.He then worked for Goodyear Chemical Research and Development in Akron, Ohio.A member of American Chemical Society, he is active in several divisions, writing papers, and giving presentations to promote new products and technologies.
Dr. Kerns lives in Medina, Ohio.