Civil Engineering students earn DOTD scholarships

Fourteen Louisiana Tech University juniors and seniors have earned $1,000 scholarships from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC), in association with the Southeastern Association of State Highway Transportation Officials.

Louisiana Tech awardees include (front, from left) Cameron Polk, Jodie Whitcher, Olivia Gremillion, Sydney Thibodeaux, Mark Veasey, (back, from left) Gabriel Clottey, Samuel Bourgeois, Seth Mosley, Colton May, and Benjamin Robins.
Not pictured are Garrett Anders, Dillon Benoit, John Brooks, and Dayne Ghormley.

Louisiana Tech Civil Engineering students Garrett Anders, Dillon Benoit, Samuel Bourgeois, John Brooks, Gabriel Clottey, Dayne Ghormley, Olivia Gremillion, Colton May, Seth Mosley, Cameron Polk, Benjamin Robins, Sydney Thibodeaux, Mark Veasey and Jodie Whitcher were among only 26 students around the state to earn the scholarship this year.

The scholarship is awarded to junior and senior civil engineering students with an interest in the transportation field.

Dr. Nazimuddin ‘Wasi’ Wasiuddin, associate professor of civil engineering, construction engineering technology, and molecular science and nanotechnology and advisor to the student Transportation Leadership Council (TLC),says that Louisiana Tech Civil Engineering students are more aware of opportunities for careers in the transportation field due to the TLC, a subgroup within the Tech student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

“The large number of Louisiana Tech recipients reflects that our students are increasingly more interested in transportation engineering. Many of these students completed internships in Departments of Transportation in the region. Some are members of the Transportation Leadership Council.”

The Louisiana Tech TLC, which is sponsored by the Southern Plains Transportation Center, brings industry speakers to the University every quarter. These speakers provide students with information about and access to opportunities for internships, co-ops and jobs. Students who serve on the TLC also attend the annual TLC forum held at various Southern Plains Transportation Center universities.

“I think that increased participation in the TLC and TLC-sponsored activities has sparked interest in transportation related internships,” Wasiuddin said. “The increased number of internships has led to the increasing number of LA DOTD scholarships for Louisiana Tech students in recent years. I congratulate all the award recipients.”