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NASTT awards 2019 Scholarships

The North American Society of Trenchless Technology (NASTT) has awarded its five annual student scholarships.

The student scholarship program was established in the memory of Michael Argent, a visionary in the industry and a motivating force behind the growth of trenchless technology.

In 1990, Mr Argent was one of five people who founded NASTT and it is hoped that through this scholarship his contributions to the industry will continue to inspire young trenchless professionals.

Up to five scholarships are awarded each year, with recipients given US$5,000, which is presented during the NASTT’s No-Dig Show.

The winners are full-time students in an accredited college, university or trade school for the 2018-2019 academic school year

The 2019 winners were:

  • Ashkan Faghih, University of Alberta
  • Andrew Hayes, Clemson University
  • Jebadiah Kraft, Louisiana Tech (LA Tech)
  • John Kraft, LA Tech
  • Sarah Sargent, Oklahoma State University

LA Tech Associate Professor and Director of the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) Dr John Matthews said he was pleased his students John and Jebediah Kraft were honoured with the scholarships, as they work on a project to measure long-term tensile creep data.

“We are really proud to have two winners this year for this prestigious scholarship,” he said.

“John and Jeb are both outstanding students, active in the NASTT, Associated General Contractors and the American Society of Civil Engineers, and they both are great workers for TTC.”

Jebediah Kraft said his involvement with TTC has opened his eyes to the possibilities in the trenchless sector.

“The opportunities offered to me at LA Tech and TTC, along with my employment with a cured-in-place pipe contractor this past summer, has sparked a desire to pursue a career in the trenchless industry.

“This award will be a huge asset to aid me in helping me finish my degree and begin contributing to this field as a professional.”

John Kraft said his involvement with the NASTT student chapter prepared him for the award.

“Through involvement with the student chapter, I was exposed to numerous aspects of the trenchless industry,” he said.

“This involvement consisted of attending numerous conferences to present research throughout my time at LA Tech and most recently a summer internship with a rehabilitation company in New Orleans.”

For more information visit the NASTT website.

If you have news you would like featured in Trenchless International contact Assistant Editor Chloe Jenkins at cjenkins@gs-press.com.au

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