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Meet the Pipelines Conference Student Scholarship Winners

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

UESI has a Student Scholarship Program that helps students attend the annual UESI Pipelines Conference. This year we asked our scholarship winners to share a little about why they wanted to go to the conference and their futures in the pipelines industry. This is our first group of winners, more interviews will follow next month.

Mohamad Abdul Karim

Mohamad Abdul Kari

1. Tell us a little about your educational background?
I am a rising senior studying civil engineering with a minor in environmental engineering at Manhattan College, New York City.

2.  What do you see as your future in the Pipelines Industry?
I am very excited to get to learn about the pipelines industry thought out this conference and beyond. I am very interested to see how we can integrate more advanced technology into the industry in the future.

3. How do you plan to use your Pipelines Conference experience to advance your professional goals?
I am very interested in utility engineering and want to explore and learn more about the profession. I love attending conferences because of the wide verities of topics that are covered and I want to learn about what the Pipelines Conference has to offer. In addition, the conference provides a great opportunity for students to network and meet other people from all over the country.

4.  What else do you want Pipelines Conference attendees to know about you?
Looking forward to meeting some of you virtually. You can connect with me on LinkedIn @Mohamad Karim

Sooin Kim

Sooin Kim

1.  Tell us a little about your educational background?
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington with an interest in construction economics, data analytics, and project management. I studied Economics at Ewha university in Seoul, South Korea. As an honors student, I took classes in Engineering, Science, Law, and other interdisciplinary courses and conducted the interdisciplinary research about nuclear power plant systems. I had worked in project management for three years in the largest theme park in Seoul and implemented several projects including VR coasters and mapping shows. Since 2019, I have been involved in research developing econometric models to enhance decision making in construction. 
 
2.  What do you see as your future in the Pipelines Industry?
Since the Pipelines Industry makes a routine use of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, data analytics are significant for remote operation and monitoring of the pipeline systems. I have developed econometric models and analyzed large time-series and panel datasets to create practical applications for better decision making in pipeline and infrastructure systems. I will keep pursuing my career in data analytics for project management in infrastructure systems. I see myself analyzing a large scale of historical datasets and creating data-intensive econometric models to improve pipeline operations and management and assist decision-makers to identify and prioritize effective management plans. 
 
3.  How do you plan to use your Pipelines Conference experience to advance your professional goals?
I plan to actively participate in technical sessions and network with professionals. I look forward to presenting my research and discussing the findings and contributions with other professionals. I earned opportunities to participate in collective research in the previous Pipelines Conference. I will keep tracking brand-new technologies and gaining research insights, especially in interdisciplinary studies in the 2021 Conference. Through insightful discussions with the big professional circle of the Pipelines industry, I expect myself to better understand the current problems that the pipeline industry faces, find further research opportunities for addressing the problems, and improve my research and communication skills.
 
 
4.  What else do you want Pipelines Conference attendees to know about you?
I continue to pursue my interest in the pipelines system with recent advances in data analytics and econometrics. I recently published a paper "Pipeline Construction Cost Forecasting Using Multivariate Time Series Methods" in the Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice. I have conducted the research related to pipelines risk management and data analytics funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) under the guidance of my advising professor and principal investigator, Dr. Mohsen Shahandashti at University of Texas at Arlington. Our lab, ARCIS creates theoretical foundations and practical applications to enhance the resilience of Construction and Infrastructure systems including pipeline networks. Contact Sooin on linked in at: www.linkedin.com/in/sooin-kim-)

Justin Park

Justin Park

1. Tell us a little about your educational background?
I received master's degree (Master of Science in Civil Engineering) at University of Alberta in 2020 and bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering) at Lakehead University in 2018. My master's degree was specialized in underground trenchless construction and my research was focused on developing a framework for field‐based annular pressure prediction in horizontal directional drilling, under supervision of Dr. Alireza Bayat. Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. program at University of Alberta, continuing the same research topic. Before I received my bachelor's degree at Lakehead University, I received advanced diploma (Civil Engineering Technology) at Humber College in 2016.

2. What do you see as your future in the Pipelines Industry?
I wish to continue my career as a researcher in the pipelines industry. Since I am greatly interested in both theory and practice, I am open to opportunities in both academic and practical fields. If I can find a position at university after graduating from my Ph.D. program, I would like to pursue my research related to pipeline technologies. If I can find a position in the consulting engineering industry, I would like to be involved in pipeline projects. I am especially interested in working for geotechnical aspects of pipeline engineering as I worked in geotechnical engineering for seven years.

3. How do you plan to use your Pipelines Conference experience to advance your professional goals?
From the UESI Pipelines 2020 Conference, I found many of the presentations and conference proceedings greatly helpful for expanding my knowledge in pipeline technologies. I wish to learn more from both academic and industry experts; moreover, I would like to share my research outcomes to the other participants as well. UESI Pipelines Conference is a wonderful opportunity for expanding my network. I am looking forward to meeting new people from conference and listening to their experiences about their research or projects. If I meet people with the same research interest, it will open another opportunity to work together with them.

4. What else do you want Pipelines Conference attendees to know about you?
I wish UESI Pipeline Conference attendees to know about our research group, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies (CETT). Based in Edmonton, Alberta, the CETT is dedicated to advancing the design and application of trenchless technology in Canada and across the globe. Under supervision of Dr. Alireza Bayat, CETT has been researching on various topics related to pipeline engineering: annular failure pressure in HDD, clogging potential of clay, inspection in sewer mainline, rheology of drilling fluid in HDD, etc. If anyone is interested in CETT, please contact me ([email protected]) or Lana Gutwin ([email protected]). You may also find more information from: http://cett.ca/

Shayan Sharifzad

Shayan Sharifzad 

1.Tell us a little about your educational background?
I possess a strong educational background in civil engineering. I originally obtained a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. I later attended the Master of Science program in civil and environmental engineering at Shahid Beheshti University. In this program, I completed 26 credits of graduate studies, including Water & Sewage Networks Design Engineering & Management, principles of Water & Sewage Treatment Engineering, principles of Waste Engineering & Management, and Study of Environment Planning & Management. Now, I attend the civil engineering Ph.D. program at UT Arlington. Also, I have an EIT certification from California.

2. What do you see as your future in the Pipelines Industry?
I plan to continue to improve my skills by taking related classes and continuing my involvement in a variety of professional associations. I recently found out that the UESI provides the Pipelines Conference for us.I believe these experiences and skill sets will allow me to successfully fulfill all responsibilities of my Ph.D. program and bring significant benefits to the public.

3. How do you plan to use your Pipelines Conference experience to advance your professional goals?
By attending this conference, I get to collaborate with fellow researchers and learn from different perspectives. The major ways this will benefit me include:
● to collaborate with the people involved in our research field,
● to see what's current in software engineering research,
● to start to build relationships with other researchers in the field,
● to tell people what I am doing and to find out what they are doing, 

4. What else do you want Pipelines Conference attendees to know about you?
My past work experience includes roles as a wastewater Treatment Installations supervising engineer, Quality Control supervising engineer,  Safety and Steel Structure Construction supervising engineer for a 400 unit project, and serving as the Associate Civil Engineer I in Marfay.