An expert on replacing traditional construction materials with composite materials spoke to representatives from the construction industry during a forum hosted by Roane State Community College’s Advanced Composite Employment program.
Isaac Diggs, president of Longhouse Enterprise Group, has more than 30 years of experience in civil construction projects. ACE and the East Tennessee Economic Council partnered to host Diggs’ Sept. 24 presentation at the University of Tennessee Outreach Center. The event is an example of how the ACE program raises awareness about the potential for composite materials in a variety of industries.
Diggs recommended composite materials alternatives to concrete, metal, and steel, and provided guidance for the practical use of composite materials in construction.
“Composite materials have applications in a number of industries,” ACE director Andy Pokelwaldt said. “We look forward to having more of these presentations to share advice and guidance from composite materials experts.”
While the ACE program involves raising awareness of composite materials and connecting businesses to opportunities in the field, it also offers funding for three introductory courses in composites. Individuals who already have a two-year degree or a four-year degree may qualify to take the courses at no cost through the ACE program.
For more information about ACE, email [email protected], call (865) 354-3000, ext. 4865, or visit www.roanestate.edu/ace. To contact Pokelwaldt, call (865) 354-3000, ext. 4923, or email [email protected].