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Members of Society of Student Constructors at IUPUI awarded scholarships


INDIANAPOLIS — A current student and a graduate of the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis were awarded scholarships at the North American Society for Trenchless Technology No-Dig Show.

Seth Bollier, an undergraduate student and a member of the Society of Student Constructors at IUPUI, was awarded a $1,200 Charles P. Lake Rain for Rent Scholarship. Hamed Zamenian, a member of the student constructors group at IUPUI and a Purdue University civil engineering Ph.D. program student, was awarded a North American Society for Trenchless Technology $5,000 continuing education scholarship. Zamenian received his master’s degree in construction engineering management technology at IUPUI.

The Lake Rain for Rent Scholarship was established in the memory of the founder of a pioneer of the irrigation equipment rental industry. It is awarded to help students pursue a career in agriculture, irrigation technology, pumps or fluid dynamics. The continuing education scholarship was established in the memory of Michael E. Argent, who is recognized as one of the industry’s true visionaries and a motivating force behind the growth of trenchless technology.

Bollier and Zamenian were among seven students and two engineering technology faculty members from IUPUI who attended the conference.

Trenchless technology is a progressive civil engineering process for the installation, replacement or renewal of underground utilities with no or minimal excavation and surface disruption. The North American Society for Trenchless Technology is an engineering society of individuals, public organizations and private companies with strong beliefs in the practical, social and environmental benefits of trenchless technology.

The students at the conference are in the school’s Construction Engineering Management Technology program. It teaches students construction project management, project controls, scheduling, cost estimating, bidding, contract administration, specification writing, field operations, construction law, business management, communications and more.

“The conference was a huge success for our members,” said Aaron Ferguson, president of the Society of Student Constructors at IUPUI.  “We were able to gain experience by giving multiple presentations and speeches to various groups. Being able to sit in and listen to the various technical sessions conducted by industry professionals in their filed is a major advantage for those of us who are looking to pursue jobs in the underground infrastructure industry.”