Ariaratnam Poised To Take ISTT To Next Level

By Traci Read, Senior Editor | March 2011, Vol. 66 No. 3

Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam was recently elected to serve a three-year term as the new chairman of the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT). Dr. Ariaratnam previously served as vice chairman of ISTT having been elected to the position in 2007.

He has been an active member of both the ISTT and NASTT (North American Society for Trenchless Technology), having served on both society boards.

Dr. Ariaratnam became involved with trenchless construction methods in 1996 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. While serving on the faculty, he was instrumental in building a research and educational program in trenchless. He continues to develop research and education at Arizona State University where he currently serves as professor of Construction Management & Engineering Management in the Del E. Webb School of Construction in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering since 2001.

“I believe having served for so many years on the boards of both NASTT and ISTT has positioned me to work more effectively as the chairman for ISTT,” said Dr. Ariaratnam. “That was my proving ground, and now I’m looking forward to the challenges in ISTT’s next chapter as we take the society to the next level.”

Future of ISTT
Bringing the diverse range of trenchless technologies to the various countries and educating them in their use is paramount to reaching the goals Dr. Ariaratnam has set for himself and the ISTT over the next three years. “As we grow the trenchless industry, and I do believe trenchless methods are the future, it’s critical we focus on tailoring training to the different countries at the same time that ISTT stretches its reach into other countries,” said Dr. Ariaratnam. “I’ve targeted particular regions where ISTT needs to invest its resources to foster new societies. Argentina and Chile would be a complement to the South American societies and we need to look at Asia. The Singaporean and Chinese societies are ISTT Affiliates, but Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka are parts of Asia where there are opportunities for growth. These countries need a voice.”