Western Research Institute is proud to announce that Dr. Jean-Pascal Planche has joined the organization as vice president of the Transportation Technology business unit. Dr. Planche brings technical, marketing and management skills gained over a 25-year career in the asphalt industry in Europe and the U.S.
“We are excited for the possibilities Dr. Planche brings with his experience in the commercialization of research into real-world products,” said WRI CEO Don Collins. “He is highly respected in academic, research and commercial organizations throughout the world.”
From 2005 until his move, Dr. Planche was the international bitumen [asphalt] coordinator for Total Bitumen in Paris. Total is the world’s fifth largest international oil company, with operations in more than 130 countries.
Dr. Planche is well-known in the asphalt industry in Europe and the U.S., having managed technical partnerships with customers, road administrators and university laboratories. He participated in the integration of European Union asphalt standards. Since 2001, he has served as the liaison between Eurobitume (EU) and the Transportation Research Board (US) committee on asphalt binder standardization.
As Total Bitumen research coordinator, Dr. Planche was charged with defining the unit’s technical strategy and collaborating with marketing affiliates and refineries. He managed and coordinated research projects for Total throughout Europe and promoted Total products throughout the world.
Dr. Planche began as a research engineer for Elf Research Center, and following the Total/Fina/Elf mega merger participated in the organization of the Total Bitumen division between 2001 and 2004.
He has authored, coauthored and presented more than 70 papers and articles in international congresses and journals such as Fuel, Nature, Materials and Structures, and Journal of Rheology. He is the inventor or co-inventor on more than 20 international patents.
“His vast experience in transportation issues and materials will be a great asset to an already world-class transportation team,” said WRI board member Ronald Collins, president of Pavement Technology Inc. of Covington, Georgia.
Western Research Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), research organization advancing energy and environmental technologies and highway materials. WRI’s multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers work in partnership with clients and sponsors on projects ranging from simple analyses to multi-million dollar programs.