ASDSO awards Shoemaker senior undergraduate scholarship

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials has named Travis Shoemaker the recipient of its 2017-2018 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship, which awards up to $10,000.

This is the 26th year of ASDSO’s scholarship program for U.S. citizens enrolled in accredited programs in engineering or related fields and planning careers related to the design, construction or operation of dams.

Shoemaker will receive a $7,500 scholarship and complimentary registration and travel to ASDSO’s annual conference, scheduled for Sept. 10-14 in San Antonio, Texas. He is studying civil and environmental engineering at Lafayette College, researching the use of remote sensing technologies for dam inspections. He is also interested in the design of structures, hydrology and water resource management and has interned with PPL Electric Utilities, Gannett Fleming and McLaren Engineering Group. Shoemaker intends to pursue a career in geotechnical engineering with a focus on water resource management.

Editor’s Analysis:

Bringing along the “next generation” of engineers interested in dams and hydropower is important to the continuation of these industries. Many groups are recognizing this and providing scholarships, training and more.

One example is the Hydro Research Foundation, which held a Hiring for Hydro event at HydroVision International 2017 in Denver, where university students gathered to become exposed to the hydro market sector and to learn more about the types of professions in the sector. In addition, HRF announced its new class of student researchers in May 2017.

Other resources available from PennWell’s Hydro Group to help make connections for those hiring and those looking for employment in the industry include:

  • Our Hydro Jobs section of the HydroWorld website, on the home page in the middle column about halfway down.
  • The Job Transitions page on HydroWorld, where we report on people who have changed jobs, retired, etc.


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