If you are in the pipeline construction business, perhaps you’ve heard of Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Ph.D., P.E., P. Eng., F.ASCE, F.CAE. Why? Because the Waterloo, Ontario native is responsible for helping to advance the development of trenchless technologies—drilling techniques that have revolutionized pipeline construction worldwide—in particular horizontal directional drilling and pipe bursting—saving operators and contractors time, money and the environment, increasing worker safety and decreasing inconveniences to workers and the public.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Ariaratnam, professor and Program Chair of Construction Engineering at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering in Tempe, has received numerous honors. Most recently he was presented with the gold medal from the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT), which is the highest honor one can achieve in the trenchless technology industry. He is just the seventh person to receive the gold medal in the 33-year history of the ISTT.