David Smith Joins Solidia Technologies as Senior Technical director

PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Solidia Technologies announced today that concrete industry leader, champion, and educator David Smith has joined their team as senior technical director to help advance their decarbonizing technology with increased performance for building and pavement materials. 

Smith brings decades of industry leadership experience, working with organizations and federal, state, and municipal government agencies to advocate for interlocking concrete pavement as a durable and functionally superior pavement system. His career interests include urban climatology, stormwater management, and segmental concrete pavements, as well as environmental impact analysis.

“I have dedicated my career to the singular goal of institutionalizing segmental concrete pavements systems,” said Smith. “With its world-changing manufacturing technologies that can elevate performance while lowering environmental impact, Solidia was a natural and very exciting next step for me. I am also excited by the prospect of helping build a legacy for the Solidia team and the industry at large.”

Smith came to Solidia after 29 years with the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (now known as ICPI-NCMA), where he served most recently as VP of Research and Development, Pavers. He helped build ICPI-NCMA into the premier industry source for technical expertise and advocacy for multiple market segments within the manufactured concrete products community, including concrete masonry, segmental concrete pavement, segmental retaining walls, articulating concrete block, and manufactured stone veneer. Throughout his tenure, Smith has been a highly respected source of technical information to the industry, serving as a staff liaison to the ICPI Technical Committee and contributing to ASCE, ACI, APWA, AASHTO, and ASTM committees. He also served as staff liaison to the ICPI Foundation Program committee and managed Foundation research projects.

He elevated professionalism and technical expertise across the industry with continuing education programs that he designed, including the ICPI Concrete Paver Installer course and certification, Commercial Installer course, and PICP Installer course, as well as scores of webinars and in-person presentations to design professionals. A prolific writer and author, Smith published Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements (2017) and Patios, Driveways and Plazas: The Pattern Language of Concrete Pavers (2002). He also served as editor of and a contributing writer to Interlock Design magazine for 25 years, and he produced myriad technical specifications and design manuals.

“David Smith’s unparalleled technical knowledge, network, and impassioned commitment to advancing concrete systems has been an asset to all of us throughout the industry,” said Solidia CEO Russell Hill. “We are honored that he chose to join Solidia. With Dave leading our technical outreach efforts, we will speed both the development of our sustainable innovation and its global deployment. For us, the affirmation he conveys is further proof that Solidia is the right technology at the right time.”

Smith serves on the Board of Directors of the Low Impact Development Center, a non-profit, national research organization that focuses on sustainable stormwater management solutions for urban and developing areas. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree with an environmental concentration at Virginia Tech.

About Solidia Technologies

Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia Technologies® is a leading provider of decarbonization technologies and sustainable solutions to the construction and building materials industries. Investors include Imperative VenturesZero Carbon Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), Breakthrough Energy VenturesPrelude VenturesPIVA Capital, John Doerr, BPOGCI Climate Investments, Bill Joy, Kleiner PerkinsBASF Venture CapitalHolcimTotal Carbon Neutrality VenturesAir Liquide Venture Capital (ALIAD), and other private investors. Follow Solidia on LinkedInInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.