Three former engineering technology students from Lethbridge College have been nominated for a prestigious award for their one of a kind project.
When driving down the road, you wouldn’t think the asphalt you’re driving on is made up of reusable tires… but for three former Lethbridge College students, this was the sustainable idea that led them to being nominated for the Capstone Project of the Year award.
Former Civil Engineering and Technology student at Lethbridge College, Amy Gregorchuk was a part of the trio working on the project. She says the idea came to them as a way to reduce, reuse and recycle.
The team’s experiments showed if rubber pellets produced from recycled tires is mixed in correct portions with hot asphalt it can potentially increase the durability and longevity of roadways. Gregorchuk adds, the final product can be used on a variety of surfaces.
The project was chosen by the college to be nominated for the The Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) award. A prize that began in 2017 after ASET was continually impressed with the quality of projects coming out of post-secondary institutions across Alberta.
CEO of ASET, Barry Cavanaugh, says he is surprised and astounded with projects created by students each year.
Last week, ASET announced the winner of this year’s award – a team from Red Deer College.
Lethbridge, SAIT, NAIT and Red Deer College are eligible to submit the top two capstone projects completed each school year for the chance to win.