The ASA Graduate Scholarship Program - currently not offered
Past Scholarship Recipients
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2015-2016 ASA Graduate Scholarship Recipients
Antoine Gagnon received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Laval University where he continues to work towards his master’s degree in the same. The focus of his graduate research is in developing shotcrete mix designs with added environmental/sustainable value. Towards that end, he is exploring the reduction of waste associated with shotcrete rebound and inclusion of industrial waste and recycled materials to minimize the use of new resources, all with an eye towards conventional and environmental costs as well as sustainable performance.
2014-2015 ASA Graduate Scholarship Recipients
Simon Bérubé earned his civil engineering bachelor’s degree from Université Laval, where he is continuing on to earn his Master’s Degree in the same field. He is interested in the field of shotcrete repairs and is currently researching spray distribution and the rebound of materials.
Pasquale Basso Trujillo
Pasquale Basso Trujillo received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Administration from Universidad Panamericana. He is now pursuing a Master’s in Civil Engineering at Université Laval. He is researching the development length of reinforcing steel in shotcrete structures, and hopes to continue his research through a doctorate.
Qian Wu graduated from the South China University of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. She is now working towards her Master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in developing industrial applications of cement based Magnetorheological fluid. She hopes to eventually go on and seek a PhD in Civil Engineering.
2013-2014 ASA Graduate Scholarship Recipients
Isabelle Fily-Pare graduated with a B.Eng from the University of Sherbrooke in 2012 and is currently pursuing a MS in civil engineering from Laval University. Her area of interest is in concrete materials, researching the potential of recycled glass powder in shotcrete mix design.
Lisa Marie Montgomery
Lisa Marie Montgomery graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in physical sciences with a concentration in civil engineering and BA in criminology and criminal justice, 2011. She is currently working towards an M.Arch from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Coming from a heritage in the construction industry, she recognizes the potential for new and unconventional designs available through shotcrete application.
2012-2013 ASA Graduate Scholarship Recipients
Natalie Boyer graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Architectural Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Architecture degree with an emphasis in structural systems from the same institution. Boyer sees the role shotcrete plays in structural systems and restorations, another area of interest, as significant and advantageous.
Sebastien Girard received a BEng from the Universite Laval in Civil Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Civil Engineering from Laval as well. Concurrent to his studies, he works as a Forensics Engineer Assistant evaluating defects in concrete structure. This work has spurred his graduate studies in material performance.
2011-2012 ASA Graduate Scholarship Recipients
Jessica L. Benaglio
Jessica L. Benaglio received a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2011. She is currently pursuing a M.S.E. in Structural Civil Engineering from the same institution. During this time, she interned with the Michigan Department of Transportation, performing duties as a highway bridge inspector; surveyor of bridges, roads, entrance/exit ramps and vegetation; designed traffic flow for intersections with MicroStation and obtained her Concrete Field Technician Certification. Her ultimate goal is to design energy sustainable buildings for which she sees the use of Shotcrete as a fitting application.
Patrick O. Power
Patrick O. Power received his B.Eng. Civil Engineering from Laval University, Quebec City, ON (Canada) in 2011 and is currently pursuing his M.Sc. Civil Engineering from the same university. His research at Laval is on the durability of North American shotcrete mixes encompassing mixes from coast to coast. The study aims to provide a wide array of information on mixes ranging from standard coastal Gunite to ternary binder shotcrete. Power plans to pursue a career in concrete repair and sees that additional research in shotcrete would increase the options available to extend the service-life of infrastructure repairs.
2010-2011 ASA Graduate Scholarship Recipients
Rodrigo Valbuena Tovar
Tovar received his BS in civil engineering from the National University of Colombia in 2001 and received a degree as a Specialist in Project Management in 2006 from Pontifcia Bolivariana University in Colombia. Tovar is currently working toward earning his MS in civil engineering from the University of Texas in San Antonio. In Colombia, Tovar participated in several concrete research projects on new construction materials and techniques and has received honorable mention for his thesis, “The Use of MiniRound abouts for Control of the Trafficof Intersections in Bogotá.” Tovar plans to receive his master’s degree and pursue the benefitsof the shotcrete process as a civil engineer.
Royer received his BS in civil engineering from Laval University in 2009 and is currently working toward earning his MS in civil engineering from the same university. Royer worked as a Research Assistant for 2 years on concrete and shotcrete at Laval University, was a member of the Steel Bridge Competition Team with the American Society of Concrete Engineers (ASCE), and was a winning member of the Laval University canoe team. Currently, Royer is a Teaching Assistant for a concrete structure course at Laval University and plans to keep teaching during his professional career.
2009-2010 ASA Graduate Scholarship Recipients
Benjamin Turner received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and is currently working toward earning a Master of Science in civil engineering at the same university. While at Cal Poly, Turner has worked as an intern at AIS Construction. His work there involved the design, bidding, and construction of multiple soil nail walls, as well as tunnel projects that involved the use of shotcrete. Currently, he is working on a design for the expansion of a tunnel roof using shotcrete and rockbolts in the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) underground command center. Turner plans to focus his career on this fascinating and growing micro-industry.
Nicolas Ginouse received his degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from Arts et Métiers Paristech in Paris, France, and he is currently pursuing an MS in civil engineering from Laval University, Quebec, QC, Canada. Ginouse is beginning his graduate studies on the shotcrete team at Laval University where the main objective of his project is to model the mixture flow at the outlet of the nozzle to predict particle velocity, speed distribution of the stream, and the effects on rebound.
Ginouse is considering pursuing his studies in shotcrete at the PhD level. Afterward, he would like to use his expertise in shotcrete and mechanical engineering to help develop shotcrete equipment and processes. Ultimately, through his industrial contacts in France, he is very interested in promoting exchanges between the North American and European shotcrete industries.
2008-2009 ASA Graduate Scholarship Recipients
Nathan Hicks received his BS in Architectural Engineering in June 2008 from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and is currently working towards obtaining is MS in Architecture with a specialization in Structural Engineering from Cal Poly SLO.
Hicks spent the past few summers and winters in San Diego working as an intern at the Levig Design Group, Inc. engineering and designing custom homes, garages, and retaining walls. Hicks hopes to use his knowledge of seismic rehab and shotcrete in the upcoming academic year as he continues his graduate research project on when renovation is an acceptable alternative to demolition. Specifically Hick’s hopes to look at possible rehab schemes for the concrete multi-purpose facilities that dominated the Major League Baseball landscape in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Louis-Samuel Bolduc received his BS in Civil Engineering in May 2007 from Laval University and is currently working towards obtaining his MS in Civil Engineering from Laval University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2009.
Bolduc entered the construction industry when he was 19 years old working in the construction department of a hardware store. Since then he has been an intern for an important steel manufacturer in Montreal, Canada to develop a composite concrete/steel floor system, he has worked as a research assistant for the shotcrete team at Laval University, and he has been involved in many projects related to rheology, admixture development, and shotcrete durability.
During the pursuit of his graduate studies at Laval University his main objective is to study the effect of shooting parameters and mixture characteristics on transport properties of shotcrete. At this time, Bolduc’s graduate courses are finished but he is completing the experimental part of his project and has started writing his thesis. For the future, he hopes to pursue studies to the PhD level.