Sterling Leaves Legacy Of Advancement, Cooperation For The TTC

Changing Of The Guard At The Trenchless Technology Center
June 2009 Vol. 64 No. 6
Dr. Sterling (right) and Ph.D.-candidate John Mathews examine testing equipment.

Other programs recently completed or under way are: testing CIPP linings for water pipes in Hamilton, Ontario; a request by New York City to investigate potential methods for lining sewers that are subject to the regular release of steam; a study about utility locating and characterization for the Transportation Research Board; research in collaboration with Battelle on water and sewer rehabilitation innovations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and research about radar applications to pipe characterization and see ahead utility locating. Another strong area of research activity growth is the study of geopolymer applications to the trenchless industry.

Any time he discusses the TTC center and its programs, Sterling always emphasizes the accomplishments are a team effort and include the support of many organizations and individuals.

"The director is only the face of the center's successes," Sterling said. "Without the core financial support and guidance of the TTC industry advisory board and the dedicated faculty and staff of the center, we simply could not have developed to where we are today."

Sterling believes the center provides a setting that encourages the ambition and mutual support that creates success.

"I like to work in a positive environment, and I believe the TTC provides that," he said. "Everyone here works hard and cooperatively. It makes working hard fun, and all of our staff certainly works hard."

Sterling said he believes he is leaving the center in good condition and in good hands.

"The research under way is increasing and the range of the research is expanding" he said. "Reports of inventions are rising, and the increase in activity and workloads is very rapid. This puts a special strain on our core staff, such as Jadranka Simicevic, who has been the center's researcher engineer for more than 12 years. Dr. McKim has prior experience at the center and is an excellent choice as administrative director. Dr. Allouche has played a key role in the center's recent upsurge and will serve as technical director. With an immediate goal to complete the new testing facility and new areas of research, there is much to be done."

Reflecting on his tenure at TTC, Sterling said working with people in the various segments of the trenchless industry has been a highlight of his career.

"One of the real pleasures of my life," he said, "is knowing people all over the country and the world and sharing personal and professional friendships with them. And that will continue into my retirement, because I intend to remain active in the industry, although at a slower pace."

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