• Wed. May 31st, 2023

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 operate in trenchless technologies.

Gordon functions at Louisiana Tech’s Trenchless Technologies Center (TTC) at the Sophisticated Supplies Investigation Lab, exactly where he researches speedy curing strategies of fly ash-primarily based geopolymers for 3D printing applications. He is a member of Louisiana Tech’s Related Basic Contractors/ North American Society for Trenchless Technologies (AGC/NASTT) student chapter and has earned a lot of awards for his analysis, which includes the 2022 Trenchless Investigation Competitors award for a novel strategy to build 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 numerous initiatives, which includes a fundraiser that aids the organization offer Christmases for regional households. She has attended many analysis and market conferences on behalf of Louisiana Tech. She has completed internships with Gilchrist Building Business, LLC, and Sustainable Style Options, LLC, exactly where she gained practical experience in wastewater and heavy civil engineering sectors.

“It is gratifying that NASTT, an organization of functioning pros and academic researchers, finds worth in the operate I am carrying out and has offered me with the chance to represent my college and afford me the indicates to continue my research and analysis,” Gordon stated of the award. “I am really 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 sort assistance.”

“Being president of the NASTT organization opened numerous doors in the trenchless sector of building. I can not be much more grateful to my professors who pushed me in the course of my term to improved my education and expand my network,” Nolasco added. “They unquestionably played a big function in getting granted this scholarship. I want to thank this organization for permitting me to attend many 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. Challenging operate really pays off.”

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

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