R&D Resources

Surface Tech collaborates with a variety of industry experts to ensure we fulfill our commitment to continually improve our products and services.




Under the direction of Phillip Blankenship, PE, MSCE, Blankenship Asphalt Tech and Training (BATT) offers civil engineering consulting services, laboratory testing services and specialized training in asphalt materials. has experience with laboratory setup, safety, and management.

Phil holds multiple patents and is experienced with product evaluations, development, trials and commercialization. He can assist with specification writing and review, product testing plans, pavement investigation, and a wide variety of training topics (mix design, balanced designs, design optimization, performance testing for rutting, cracking and fracture energy). Technical training is tailored for specific needs and includes professional development hours (PDH).

Zack McKay serves as BATT Laboratory Manager. With nearly a decade of experience working in the asphalt industry, he specializes in asphalt mixture performance testing and analysis and brings strong understanding of mixture designs to BATT.

Zack also has a strong background in training, having developed and instructed training courses specifically in mixture design and testing.

BATT LAB Website

Intelligent Concrete

Technical Concrete Advisor

Intelligent Concrete serves as a third-party technical advisor for JUNO XP, Surface Tech’s advanced mineral admixture. The product provides a variety of benefits as a partial substitute for traditional concrete binders and can deliver significant cost savings in applications such as soil stabilization, mass concrete and shotcrete.

Intelligent Concrete, through its state-of-the-art lab, provides cutting edge technical assistance in new product development. It is an independent, accredited and well-recognized research and product development firm headed by husband and wife team Jon and Whitney Belkowitz.

The couple brings PhD-level brainpower to the study of concrete. Whitney serves as president and CEO while concentrating on research into the characterization and optimization of concrete products. Jon, as director of Research & Development, focuses on applying nanotechnology to concrete products.

Juno Concrete

David W. Harris, PhD, PE, oversees engineering projects, and Paul R. Bryant, PE, serves as principle engineer for commercial applications.

Intelligent Concrete Website

Beton Consulting Engineers LLC

Technical Concrete Advisor

Dr. Kevin MacDonald, PhD, is the founder and president of Beton Consulting Engineers LLC, Mendota Heights, MN. The firm provides engineering design and production services to the Ready Mixed Concrete industry, among others.

He holds a PhD in Engineering Materials and has 30 years of field and lab concrete experience, including 10 years as vice president of engineering and quality at a large urban ready-mix concrete plant.

Dr. MacDonald is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota and Ontario, Canada, and was named a Fellow of ACI in 2003. As a member of ASTM Committees C01, Cement; C09, Concrete and Concrete Aggregates; and C15, Manufactured Masonry Units; the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); and Professional Engineers Ontario.

He is a recipient of the ASCE Charles Pankow Award for Innovation for work on high-performance concretes with 98% reclaimed materials.

Dr. MacDonald’s experience includes extensive condition survey and evaluation of existing structures, including sounding of hundreds of thousands of square feet of concrete flatwork. Dr. MacDonald is also an ACI Certified Concrete Flatwork Technician and a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

Beton Consulting Website
Beton Consulting
Durability Testing
custom asphalt mix design utilizing ACE XP polymer fibers

Jarrett Welch


Jarrett Welch is the President of Quality Paving Consultants. With over two decades of experience in the asphalt paving and construction business, he is recognized as an expert and leader in the industry.

Jarrett is well versed in aggregates, mixture designs, production and placement of asphalt pavement and new technologies. During his career he has assisted in the development and implementation of several industry-standard specifications. He is a contributin writer for several industry publications and currently serves on many state and national industry committees.

Quality Paving Consultants Website