Leading breakthrough change for the benefit of the industry
The Asphalt Institute Foundation (AIF) is hosting the inaugural STrategic Asphalt Research (STAR) symposium May 10-12, 2017 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado where asphalt experts will gather to discuss the asphalt technology of tomorrow as part of the agenda.
Martin Carlson has been named chairman for their 2017 symposium and Michael Rogers will be the keynote speaker.
Carlson contributed greatly to the international asphalt industry as the director of business development at Nynas and through his works with Eurobitume.
Rogers is a best-selling author and futurist. His writing credits include "Rolling Stone", "Newsweek" and "The New York Times." He speaks regularly on how companies can plan for the future in useful ways.
Organizations and companies are encouraged to nominate potential attendees. Individuals who are chosen will be part of this think tank experience to determine future research and industry direction. Nominations are currently closed and invitations are being sent to the potential attendees. If you would like more information regarding the symposium, please contact Mike Anderson.
While much of today’s industry research is funded with the aim of solving problems or trying to understand material behavior, little if any research is focused on breakthrough change for the benefit of industry.
The foundation’s Strategic Research Program aims to correct that by focusing on economic, worker, sustainability and performance issues.
The foundation vets each suggested project through its technical panel of experts to prioritize research needs. In some cases, the foundation may look to assemble partnerships to tackle particularly large issues facing the industry.
The foundation does not employ research staff, facilities or equipment but rather seeks proposals once the scope of the program is well identified and funded. The foundation is responsible for administration, funding, expenditures and project oversight and accounting.
All research is performed by a qualified research facility and the final report is published under the foundation’s name in the public domain.