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Fig. 2: Students and faculty attending March 2017 field trip to Seattle in a field of precast segmental liners Tunneling Conference held in San Diego, CA, in June 2017, where they participated in sessions and met potential employers and collaborators. Internships are an integral part of the underground tunneling construction and curriculum. On-the-job training provides students with the depth of knowledge necessary to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. The Center provides recruiters with a focused group of budding tunnel experts ready for hire. Mines students involved with the Center, either through the degree program or research, are regularly placed in internships—and ultimately full-time positions—with companies throughout the underground industry. undergraduate students traveled to Seattle, WA, to visit three underground projects: the 57.4 ft (17.5 m) diameter Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel, the Sound Transit Northlink extension transit tunnel and stations, and the Sound Transit Eastlink tunnel in Belleview. This was the fourth field trip by Colorado School of Mines in recent years. In a deeper effort to prepare future industry leaders, students involved with the Center attend industry conferences to cultivate an awareness of industry trends, technical challenges, and research needs. Conferences also provide important opportunities for networking with top industry experts. Nine graduate students from Mines were recently awarded scholarships to attend the Rapid Excavation and Fig. 3: Shotcrete application instruction at Shotcrete short course in September 2016 www.shotcrete.org Summer 2017 | Shotcrete 35


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