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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 perform in trenchless technologies.

Gordon operates at Louisiana Tech’s Trenchless Technologies Center (TTC) at the Sophisticated Supplies Study Lab, exactly where he researches speedy curing approaches of fly ash-primarily based geopolymers for 3D printing applications. He is a member of Louisiana Tech’s Connected Common Contractors/ North American Society for Trenchless Technologies (AGC/NASTT) student chapter and has earned various awards for his study, like the 2022 Trenchless Study Competitors award for a novel method to build pipes for underground building from low-carbon emission geopolymer components.

Nolasco was the President of the AGC/NASTT more than the final year and led numerous initiatives, like a fundraiser that assists the organization deliver Christmases for neighborhood households. She has attended many study and business conferences on behalf of Louisiana Tech. She has completed internships with Gilchrist Building Corporation, 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 perform I am performing and has offered me with the chance to represent my college and afford me the suggests to continue my research and study,” Gordon mentioned of the award. “I am incredibly 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 properly 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 help.”

“Being president of the NASTT organization opened quite a few doors in the trenchless sector of building. I can not be additional grateful to my professors who pushed me for the duration of my term to greater my education and expand my network,” Nolasco added. “They unquestionably played a main function in becoming granted this scholarship. I want to thank this organization for permitting me to attend different conferences place on by NASTT, which permitted me to dive deeper into my profession. Becoming capable to win the Argent Memorial Scholarship is an honor. Challenging perform actually pays off.”

The North American Society for Trenchless Technologies awards up to 5 Michael E. Argent scholarships to student members of the organization every year. The scholarship is named for one particular 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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