NASTT Builds On Success Of 2011

By Traci Read, Managing Editor | February 2012, Vol. 67 No. 2
NASTT's George Ragula.

“There a lot of affiliate societies, of which NASTT is only one,” said Ragula. “However, from what I can glean, NASTT is leading the pack, primarily through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers who are very passionate about trenchless technology. Our members are very innovative and always looking for ways to improve the trenchless process.”

Old and new
Reflecting on the past year as chairperson, Ragula is quick to thank the many volunteers that make up NASTT.

“I’m extremely grateful to the dedicated committee members and volunteers who spend countless hours supporting NASTT. And of course, the NASTT board of directors and staff, who include Michael Willmets, [executive director] and Michelle Hill, our new communications and training manager, have been invaluable to what we are trying to accomplish as a society.”

Among those who volunteer their time are the elected officials. Outgoing board of directors for 2011 include Kaleel Rahaim (Interplastic Corp.); Mark Hallett (SAERTEX MultiCom); Robert Westphal (Michels Corp.); George Cowan (HAKS); and James Hoggatt (South Tahoe Public Utility District).

When Ragula’s second term ends in December 2012, Derek Potvin, P.E., President of Robinson Consultants Inc., will take over as chairperson. “I’m very happy for Derek as he’s ingrained in the trenchless industry,” Ragula said. “I’ll continue to serve as past chair to maintain continuity, which I think is important for an all-volunteer society.”

As an active participant in the development and growth of the gas industry for 32 years, Ragula serves as distribution technology manager for Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G). In his 24 years with the company, Ragula has been responsible for evaluating innovative technologies that increase efficiency and effectiveness of operations for PSE&G. He is tasked with planning, coordinating, managing and implementing procedural and equipment technology transfer with a particular emphasis on increased use of various trenchless technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in New York.