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Louisiana Tech students Gordon and Nolasco earn trenchless technologies scholarships


May 26, 2023

Doctoral Engineering student Stephen Gordon of Keithville and Building Engineering Technologies senior Emily Nolasco of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, earned Michael E. Argent scholarships for their function in trenchless technologies.

Gordon performs at Louisiana Tech’s Trenchless Technologies Center (TTC) at the Sophisticated Components Analysis Lab, exactly where he researches fast curing procedures of fly ash-primarily based geopolymers for 3D printing applications. He is a member of Louisiana Tech’s Connected Basic Contractors/ North American Society for Trenchless Technologies (AGC/NASTT) student chapter and has earned several awards for his investigation, such as the 2022 Trenchless Analysis Competitors award for a novel method to develop pipes for underground building from low-carbon emission geopolymer supplies.

Nolasco was the President of the AGC/NASTT more than the final year and led a number of initiatives, such as a fundraiser that aids the organization supply Christmases for regional households. She has attended a number of investigation and business conferences on behalf of Louisiana Tech. She has completed internships with Gilchrist Building Business, LLC, and Sustainable Design and style Options, LLC, exactly where she gained expertise in wastewater and heavy civil engineering sectors.

“It is gratifying that NASTT, an organization of operating experts and academic researchers, finds worth in the function I am undertaking and has supplied me with the chance to represent my college and afford me the suggests to continue my research and investigation,” Gordon mentioned of the award. “I am extremely grateful to my mentor and faculty 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 guidance in my research as effectively as his encouragement to apply for this scholarship. I am thankful 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 their type assistance.”

“Being president of the NASTT organization opened a lot of doors in the trenchless sector of building. I can not be a lot more grateful to my professors who pushed me for the duration of my term to superior my education and expand my network,” Nolasco added. “They undoubtedly played a key function in getting granted this scholarship. I want to thank this organization for permitting me to attend numerous conferences place on by NASTT, which permitted me to dive deeper into my profession. Getting capable to win the Argent Memorial Scholarship is an honor. Difficult function actually pays off.”

The North American Society for Trenchless Technologies awards up to 5 Michael E. Argent scholarships to student members of the organization each and every year. The scholarship is named for 1 of the organization’s founding members and an early leader in the trenchless technologies business. It is awarded to students who have the prospective to make transformative contributions to trenchless technologies. Awardees should submit a 500-word essay on the business and attend the No-Digg conference to qualify.

The students received the scholarships at the No-Dig Show 2023 in Portland, Oregon.

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