Alpha celebrated Christmas in each of our service regions throughout December. As part of these celebrations, Alpha awarded our 2017 Founder’s Award to five very deserving members of the Alpha family. This award is given annually to members of our staff who exemplify the Mission and Vision of Alpha Testing.
Thank you to David Schledorn (Dallas), Amber Williams (Dallas), Mahsa Hedayati (Fort Worth), Sergio Quintero (Houston), and Colin Dlugosh (San Antonio) for being wonderful examples of the “Alpha Way!”
Check out our Facebook page for pictures of our staff celebrating the Christmas season!
Downtown Houston was covered with Astros fans Friday, November 3rd, celebrating the local team’s World Series win. Looks like there are some Alpha fans in the crowd too!
Here’s a look at our Alpha Testing kiddos on their first day of school. For some, the first of many to come, for others, the last “first day of school”, and a candlelight ceremony for Tarleton State college students. Thanks to all who sent in pictures!
“Technology does not drive change – it enables it” – Anonymous
Alpha Testing’s Senior Estimator took a trip down to our Houston office to lead a training for Alpha’s “Going Digital” campaign. We are excited for this transition and look forward for it to be in full swing!
Ever wonder how large a drill rig is? Our Marketing team found out during an internal training. The three took a field trip to Balch Springs, TX – home of Alpha’s drill rig fleet. Drilling Manager, Jon Harris wore the tour hat for the day and even provided donuts for early morning fuel. The operations house Alpha’s 12 rigs, a water tank, fueling station, full-time mechanic, offices, core machines, ATV transports, 9 support trucks, a bulldozer, and backhoe. No drilling operations tour is complete without a picture of the team and the ATV drill rig we at Alpha endearingly call “Fluffy”. Shout out to Jon Harris for a great tour!
Did you know that some of Alpha’s staff are also university professors? Mahsa Hedayati, PhD, PE, Geotechnical Engineer in Fort Worth and Yasser Abdelhamid, PhD, Geotechnical Project Manager in Dallas have both taught at their alma maters. Here’s a little about Mahsa and Yasser:
Mahsa earned her PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington and since 2015, has taught one course per semester. Her classes include geotechnical aspects of landfill design and computational geotechnics. Her favorite aspect of teaching is “…at the end, I see how engaged my students are. They’ve gone from being completely remote to the subject to someone who knows everything about it”.
Yasser earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University and taught Soil Mechanics fall semester 2016. Yasser also taught for 9 years throughout his Masters and PhD. During that time, he learned students had a tendency to focus on memorization to pass exams. To combat that trend, Yasser started to challenge his students, turning a lecture-based class into an interactive one, “it takes more time and effort of course, but it’s worth it because it makes students think vs. memorize”. Although Yasser is not teaching this semester, he is not quite ready to retire the red pen.
…The Houston Drone! You might have seen the works of this photography wizard on the Alpha Testing Facebook page. Travis Barrette, from our Houston office, is the owner and operator of the drone and the two have toured numerous Houston area project sites… hence the bird’s-eye view project photos! The attached camera not only takes remarkable pictures, but also gives the operator a live streaming from the air. During a visit to the Dallas office, Travis and Megan Corn gave a drone demonstration to the Marketing team. All five watched in awe as the drone climbed higher and higher until it became a spec in the sky. A little more fun than that camera on your smartphone, huh?