NPCA didn’t miss a beat in April while preparing for the upcoming Precast Show – technical staff continued to educate students and specifiers all across the country.
In early April, the Arizona Water Virtual Conference education program featured an NPCA presentation on the topic of gravity grease interceptors. The pre-recorded session was offered on-demand to AZ Water Conference attendees throughout the month of April.
NPCA technical staff also conducted virtual presentations at three schools by mid-April.
Pittsburg State University Professor Seth O’Brien reached out earlier in the year to request that NPCA present to the PSU-ACI student chapter in March, and to his Methods of Construction – Concrete & Masonry courses. NPCA Director of Workforce Development Alex Morales, M.Ed., provided 36 construction management students at Pittsburg State University with an introduction to precast concrete on April 5.
The following week, NPCA Director of Technical Services Kayla Hanson, P.E., presented to the Idaho State University ASCE student chapter. Hanson trained 13 students on precast applications for transportation infrastructure. Hanson’s presentation was well received by students who were engaged throughout the meeting and had several questions on jointed precast concrete pavements during the Q&A session. Idaho State University is currently in its third year of teaching the Precast Concrete Engineering Studio, which is jointly funded by the NPCA Foundation and PCI Foundation.
NPCA Director of Outreach and Technical Education Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, offered a third presentation to students in Dr. Kevin Walsh’s Resiliency of Engineering Systems course at Notre Dame. Goguen presented on the role of precast concrete structures in resilient infrastructure. There were approximately 25 junior-level civil engineering students in attendance.
NPCA’s outreach team is working to schedule additional academic and specifier presentations throughout the Summer and Fall. Check out the Technical Services Representation page to find out if technical staff will present to an organization or school near you.