Day in Review

On March 16, 2017, the Day of Training became the largest event ever hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Branch. Over 17 speakers, 20 sponsors, and 150+ attendees made the event our best yet. Thank you for attending!


Thanks to the twenty sponsors who made our event possible!


Scholarships and Awards

During our event, we were able to provide two $1500 scholarships to rising UA Civil Engineering students. The Northwest Arkansas branch was proud to award scholarships to Allyson Richey and Nathan Parnell, both outstanding individuals who have been very active in the UA ASCE Student Chapter. Richey is currently serving as Conference Chair for the 2017 ASCE Mid-Continent Competition (MCC), which will bring over a dozen civil engineering departments from the region to Fayetteville to compete in various tasks. Parnell attended the 2017 ASCE Eastern Region Young Members Conference in Newark and is active on the Geowall team.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we were also able to provide a $1500 sponsorship to the UA Civil Engineering Department for the 2017 MCC. This was a special opportunity to help the outstanding efforts of our student branch and faculty to execute this very important conference. Sarah Connell accepted the award on behalf of the Student Chapter.

The 2017 Branch Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Kevin Hall, PE, Ph.D., PE of the University of Arkansas. Dr. Hall has been involved in ASCE for many years, from the Student Chapter to Chairman of national committees.


Seventeen presentations were given on various subjects. Presentations from the event are available for download below.

2017 Day of Training

Leadership in Engineering

Presented by John English, PE, Ph.D. Dean, College of Engineering University of Arkansas

Seven Crucial Contract Clauses

Presented by Ken Estes, CIC, AINS

Sustainability & Concrete

Presented by Amanda Hult, PE

Infrastructure Lining & Rehab

Presented by Eric Zimmerman Sherwin-Williams

Know Your Pipe

Don Conrad, PE Forterra


Presented by Becky Keogh Director ADEQ

ADH Update

Presented by Lance Jones, PE Chief Engineer Arkansas Department of Health

USACE Regulatory Update

Presented by Scott Kelly, PWS USACE


Presented by Kevin Thornton, PE AHTD

Local Studies

Prepared by Tim Conklin, AIPC NWARPC

Travel Demand Modeling

Presented by Cristina Scarlat NWARPC

Why Pipe Material Selection Matters: A Case Study

Presented by P "Chuck" Solomon American

Body of Knowledge and Raising the Bar

Presented by Norman Dennis University of Arkansas

Sealing the Collection System

Michael Jereb LMK (Note, videos embedded in presentation not available due to file size restrictions. Please email for videos).

Engineering the North End Zone Expansion at Razorback Stadium

Randy Braun, Walter P. Moore & Associates. (Note, videos embedded in presentation not available due to file size restrictions. Please email for videos).