ISTT Fellows

2020 - Dr. Raymond Sterling

Raymond Sterling

Dr. Raymond Sterling is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana Tech University. From 1995 to 2009, he was the Contractors' Educational Trust Fund Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University. Previously, from 1977 to 1995, he was the founding director of the Underground Space Center at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sterling received a B.Eng degree in civil and structural engineering from the University of Sheffield in 1970. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1975 and 1977. He is a Past Chairman of the International Society for Trenchless Technology and the North American Society for Trenchless Technology.

Dr. Raymond Sterling is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana Tech University. From 1995 to 2009, he was the Contractors' Educational Trust Fund Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University. Previously, from 1977 to 1995, he was the founding director of the Underground Space Center at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sterling received a B.Eng degree in civil and structural engineering from the University of Sheffield in 1970. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1975 and 1977. He is a Past Chairman of the International Society for Trenchless Technology and the North American Society for Trenchless Technology.

Dr. Sterling is a Past President of the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS), past Vice Chairman of the Committee on Underground Space of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, Past Chairman of the U.S. National Committee on Tunneling Technology, and a Past Animateur for the International Tunnelling Association's Working Group on Direct and Indirect Advantages of Underground Structures.

In 2003, Dr. Sterling received the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was selected as the Person of the Year by the Trenchless Technology Magazine in 2001 and as Most Valuable Professional by the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association in 1999. In 2009, he received the Gold Medal from the International Society for Trenchless Technology for outstanding contributions to the field, and in 2014 he was awarded honorary fellow status in ACUUS.

Dr. Sterling has authored approximately 200 books, technical papers and reports on a wide range of topics related to underground space use, underground construction, geomechanics and trenchless technology. From 1996 to 2015, he served as a Senior Editor of the international journal Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. He is registered engineer in Minnesota and is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Until his retirement from the university in 2009, he was a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. He is currently serving on an International Advisory Committee for the Singapore Ministry of National Development and has been a consultant for several underground space planning initiatives in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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2020 - Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam

Sam Ariaratnam

Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam is Professor and Construction Engineering Program Chair at Arizona State University (ASU). He received his B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1989 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991 and 1994, respectively. Prior to joining ASU, he spent five years as a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. From 1995-96, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam is Professor and Construction Engineering Program Chair at Arizona State University (ASU). He received his B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1989 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991 and 1994, respectively. Prior to joining ASU, he spent five years as a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. From 1995-96, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

As a graduate student, Dr. Ariaratnam was employed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (USACERL) in Champaign, Illinois where he performed research in military construction and strategic planning from 1989-1994. His primary area of research interest lies in underground infrastructure management and rehabilitation. Research in this area has focused on the development of new technologies in construction engineering and applications of underground trenchless construction techniques, specifically horizontal directional drilling and trenchless pipe replacement. He has published over 300 technical papers and reports, co-authored eight textbooks, and is a co-holder of five patents. He was appointed and served on two study committees of the U.S. National Academies.

Through his research and educational initiatives, Dr. Ariaratnam has received recognition from the California Department of Transportation, City of Los Angeles, North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where he received the prestigious John O. Bickel Award, Arthur M. Wellington Prize, and Pipeline Division Award of Excellence. In 2003, he was presented with the Young Civil Engineer Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received an award of recognition from Halliburton Energy Services for contributions to underground technology in 2004. The Phoenix Business Journal named him to the prestigious "Top Forty under 40" list in 2006. He was given Guest Professor appointments at the China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan, China in 2011 and Zhengzhou University in 2016. In 2019, he was appointed as a Distinguished Professor at CUG (Wuhan).

Dr. Ariaratnam was named as the 2012 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year by Trenchless Technology magazine. In 2019, he received the prestigious Gold Medal from the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT). Professionally, Dr. Ariaratnam serves as a Past Chairman of ISTT, Past Chairman of the ASCE Pipelines Division Executive Board, and is also active in numerous professional societies including; ASCE, NASTT, and the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA). In 2015, he was elected as a Fellow of ASCE.

Dr. Ariaratnam was elected to the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in 2018 and the U.S. National Academy of Construction (NAC) in 2019. In 2019, he was named Honorary President of the International Institute of Utility Specialists (IIUS). Additionally, he has provided consulting services both domestically and internationally. Dr. Ariaratnam has lectured globally in over a dozen countries and has delivered keynote addresses at various technical conferences.

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2020 - Dr. Declan Downey

Dec Downey

Dr. Declan Downey is Principal Consultant and Owner of Trenchless Opportunities Ltd. He is also Chairman at Aqualiner Ltd. He received a B.Sc in Engineering Metallurgy in 1970 and a Doctorate in Materials Science in 1975 at the University of Bath (UK). His professional career began in 1973 at the Research Laboratories of the Amey Roadstone Corporation (ARC), working on a number of construction materials related projects, including a feasibility study of pneumatic capsule pipeline transportation to minimise the economic and environmental aspects of road haulage of granite aggregates from quarry to port.

Dr. Declan Downey is Principal Consultant and Owner of Trenchless Opportunities Ltd. He is also Chairman at Aqualiner Ltd. He received a B.Sc in Engineering Metallurgy in 1970 and a Doctorate in Materials Science in 1975 at the University of Bath (UK). His professional career began in 1973 at the Research Laboratories of the Amey Roadstone Corporation (ARC), working on a number of construction materials related projects, including a feasibility study of pneumatic capsule pipeline transportation to minimise the economic and environmental aspects of road haulage of granite aggregates from quarry to port.

At ARC Concrete, Dr. Downey led a team developing a glass reinforced concrete jacking pipe. The Slimline pipe achieved British Board of Agrement certification and a British Standard Draft for Development (DD76). The Slimline pipe was recognised with a Queens Award for Enterprise (Technology) and was installed in the UK, South Africa and Japan. Dr. Downey represented the Concrete Pipe Association of Great Britain, contributing to various British Standard working groups and presenting papers and workshops on microtunnelling and construction in narrow trench situations.

In 1987 Dr. Downey joined Insituform Group (now Aegion Corporation) as Technical Manager and was responsible for R&D and the provision of technical support for licensees worldwide. His team, based in Wellingborough, U.K., developed a UV curing method, various inversion techniques, lateral lining and a range of pressure pipe lining solutions. From 1991 he served the company as Vice President and General Manager-Asia Pacific. His 15 years with the company was a period of substantial growth in national and international sales and installations. In this time, his contribution included promotion of trenchless technology, particularly Cured in Place Pipe lining in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, New Zealand and Australia. In 1992 his work in Japan and the region was recognised by the Japan Microtunnelling Association with the Kurose Award for his commitment to international technology exchange.

In 2001 Dr. Downey commenced work in partnership with Dr. John Heavens. Trading as JD Associates, they developed Trenchless Guidelines for Northern Ireland Water Services and developed a client base around the world. In 2003 they joined with Tom Sangster, Robert Morrison and David Abbott to acquire Jason Consultants Inc. founded by trenchless pioneer James Thompson. From offices in Zurich, London and Washington, DC they undertook production of a wide range of technical studies, market reports, project specifications and product assessment for clients worldwide including a notable series of state of the technology reports for the US Environment Protection Agency on a range of trenchless rehabilitation technologies.

Dr. Downey is a Chartered Engineer. He was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (formerly the Institution of Public Health Engineers, birthplace of ISTT) in November 1990. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Materials (now the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in August) 1993. He became a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators in April 1999 and served for several years on its Court of Assistants.

Dr. Downey developed and delivered continuing education courses for several years on Pipe and Pipeline Renewal for the American Society of Civil Engineers. He joined the United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology serving as a Council Member from its formation in 1993 and as Chairman 1999-2000. His contribution was recognised by a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He has served ISTT as a Guarantor since 1999, as an ESC member from 2001to 2013; as Vice Chairman from 2005 to 2007, as Chairman from 2007 to 2010 and as Past Chairman until 2013. His contribution was recognised with award of the ISTT Gold Medal in 2016. The ISTT Guarantors appointed Dr. Downey as Honorary President of ISTT in April 2019. Together with Martin Kane, Chairman-ISTT Guarantors, Jari Kaukonen -ISTT Chairman and Matt Izzard-ISTT Vice Chairman, he has worked on the revision of the ISTT Articles of Association which were adopted in Florence in September 2019.

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2020 - Dr. Hideki Shimada

Hideki Shimada

Dr. Hideki Shimada is Professor in the Department of Earth Resources and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoda, Japan. He received his doctorate of engineering in mining engineering from Kyushu University in 1993. His research interests include rock engineering as well as rock mechanics with applications in geology and geophysics, mining, petroleum, and civil engineering. His interests relate to energy recovery and development, construction of underground spaces for transportation, water resources and defense facilities, prediction of earthquakes, and many other activities of greatest importance.

Dr. Hideki Shimada is Professor in the Department of Earth Resources and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoda, Japan. He received his doctorate of engineering in mining engineering from Kyushu University in 1993. His research interests include rock engineering as well as rock mechanics with applications in geology and geophysics, mining, petroleum, and civil engineering. His interests relate to energy recovery and development, construction of underground spaces for transportation, water resources and defense facilities, prediction of earthquakes, and many other activities of greatest importance.

Dr. Shimada serves on the Professional Committee on Coal Mine Support Technology (1994- ). He has served on organizing committees for the International Workshop on Earth Science and Technology, 2003-2007; International Symposium on Earth Science and Technology, 2008-present; International Symposium on Mine Planning and Equipment Selection, 2013-present. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, 2015-present; and Journal of Earth Engineering, 2015-present.

At Kyushu University, Dr. Shimada serves on the following committees: Global Center of Excellent Novel Carbon Resources Science, 2009-2014; ASEAN-Japan BUILD-UP Cooperative Education Program for Global Human Resources Development in Resources Engineering, 2013-present; and Green Asia program, 2013-present.

In addition to ISTT's Japan Society for Trenchless Technology, professional memberships include Mining and Material Processing Institute of Japan; Japan Society of Civil Engineers; Japanese Geotechnical Society; International Society for Rock Mechanics; Society of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers; and Japan Sewage Works Association.

In 1999, Dr. Shimada received the Encouragement Prize of the Mining and Material Processing Institute of Japan.

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