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July 7, 2020 — Stow, Ohio — ACRT Services, a leading provider of independent consulting solutions to utilities and associated organizations throughout the United States, is pleased to announce Dr. Anand Persad as its new director of research, science, and innovation.
Dr. Persad earned his Ph.D. in invertebrate ecology/entomology from the University of the West Indies. He continued his postdoctoral studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville where he explored invasive species and the development of molecular tools for detecting biological control agents using high-fidelity polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
He collaborates with a multidisciplinary international team of researchers focused on industry-based research in arboriculture, tree biomechanics, pollinator health, and other innovations that improve green space health. He has additionally provided technical advice in wetland restoration, delineation projects, and avian surveys.
As the UAA research committee chair, Dr. Persad focuses on creating partnerships with organizations to build on and leverage cross-industry research and enhance funding opportunities. He maintains a connected network of municipalities, cities, and state-level personnel as well as federal agencies in taking innovation and new technology from development to implementation.
Dr. Persad is a member of the horticultural advisory board at Kent State University. He has been an avid researcher in arboriculture for more than 15 years and has spoken at numerous ISA, UAA, and international events. He is the lead author of several peer-reviewed manuscripts and is instrumental in transferring technology to the broad tree and turf care industry groups through collaborative research and joint teaching with several national and international agencies.
“We’re very excited to welcome Dr. Persad to the ACRT Services team,” said John Wasmer, ACRT Services’ executive vice president of revenue. “As our industry continues to evolve, it’s critical that we respond to its technological and environmental needs. Dr. Persad’s office will be instrumental in achieving meaningful results in this area, and we look forward to his contributions.”
ACRT Services offers expert independent consulting solutions to utilities and associated organizations throughout the United States, including vegetation management consulting, arborist training, customized safety courses, technology solutions, utility metering services, and more. ACRT Services supports three wholly-owned subsidiaries — Bermex, ACRT, and ACRT Pacific.
ACRT Services offers independent consulting solutions to utilities and associated organizations throughout the U.S., including vegetation management consulting, arborist training, customized safety courses, technology solutions, utility metering services, and more to empower the best people in the industry.