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Louisiana Tech college students Gordon and Nolasco earn trenchless know-how scholarships


May 26, 2023

Doctoral Engineering scholar Stephen Gordon of Keithville and Building Engineering Expertise senior Emily Nolasco of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, earned Michael E. Argent scholarships for his or her work in trenchless applied sciences.

Gordon works at Louisiana Tech’s Trenchless Expertise Heart (TTC) on the Superior Supplies Analysis Lab, the place he researches speedy curing methods of fly ash-based geopolymers for 3D printing purposes. He’s a member of Louisiana Tech’s Related Common Contractors/ North American Society for Trenchless Expertise (AGC/NASTT) scholar chapter and has earned quite a few awards for his analysis, together with the 2022 Trenchless Analysis Competitors award for a novel method to create pipes for underground building from low-carbon emission geopolymer supplies.

Nolasco was the President of the AGC/NASTT during the last yr and led a number of initiatives, together with a fundraiser that helps the group present Christmases for native households. She has attended a number of analysis and trade conferences on behalf of Louisiana Tech. She has accomplished internships with Gilchrist Building Firm, LLC, and Sustainable Design Options, LLC, the place she gained expertise in wastewater and heavy civil engineering sectors.

“It’s gratifying that NASTT, a company of working professionals and educational researchers, finds worth within the work I’m doing and has offered me with the chance to symbolize my college and afford me the means to proceed my research and analysis,” Gordon mentioned of the award. “I’m very grateful to my mentor and school advisor Dr. Shaurav Alam [SWEPCO Endowed Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology and Associate Director of Research at the TTC], for his steering in my research in addition to his encouragement to use for this scholarship. I’m grateful to Dr. John Matthews [Director of the TTC], Dr. Collin Wick [Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Engineering and Science], and Dr. Leland Weiss [Director of Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering] for his or her variety help.”

“Being president of the NASTT group opened many doorways within the trenchless sector of building. I can’t be extra grateful to my professors who pushed me throughout my time period to raised my schooling and develop my community,” Nolasco added. “They undoubtedly performed a significant position in being granted this scholarship. I wish to thank this group for permitting me to attend varied conferences placed on by NASTT, which allowed me to dive deeper into my profession. Having the ability to win the Argent Memorial Scholarship is an honor. Arduous work actually pays off.”

The North American Society for Trenchless Expertise awards as much as 5 Michael E. Argent scholarships to scholar members of the group annually. The scholarship is called for one of many group’s founding members and an early chief within the trenchless know-how trade. It’s awarded to college students who’ve the potential to make transformative contributions to trenchless know-how. Awardees should submit a 500-word essay on the trade and attend the No-Digg convention to qualify.

The scholars obtained the scholarships on the No-Dig Present 2023 in Portland, Oregon.

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