Twenty-three students from Louisiana Tech’s Construction Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering programs attended the 2020 Underground Construction Technology (UCT) in Fort Worth, Texas.
Professionals from around the country attend the UCT each year to learn more about and present the latest technologies in underground utility pipe infrastructure. Students who attend the conference have opportunities to meet with experts in the water, sewer, gas, telecom and electric disciplines of underground construction to learn about the latest equipment and technology available.
Members of the Louisiana Tech Associated General Contractors/North American Society of Trenchless Technology student organization coordinated volunteer opportunities as well as travel for the event. In addition to networking with construction professionals and vendors and learning from the presentations, the students worked the floor, providing support for speakers.
Jacob Finley, construction engineering technology senior, says work that the students put in for the conference each year is as valuable as the information they learn.
“Students are able to learn about the trenchless industry first hand by scanning attendees into educational sessions, where the students hear papers on the latest technology and methods being used in the industry today. The work we do also gives us the opportunity to interact with potential employers and the companies that make the technology that is revolutionizing the trenchless industry.”
“Students have the opportunity to not only represent Louisiana Tech University but to see how well known and respected Louisiana Tech is among professionals in the trenchless industry,” construction engineering technology junior Daniel Beck added.