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?
Here’s a little inspiration for your New Year’s Resolution. On Dec 12, 2015, Alpha’s Diana Rohrback made the courageous decision to make a lifestyle change to improve her health and lessen the symptoms of Type II Diabetes. She enrolled in a weight loss program, changed her diet, and incorporated exercise into her routine. To date, Diana has lost an astounding 66.5 pounds (and counting)! What’s her secret? She says that the key to success is setting a goal, creating a tangible for you to reach. Congratulations Diana! Your story is an inspiration.
Last week, our Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Missouri S&T alumni, David Schledorn, P.E. was a guest speaker at Burns & McDonnell in Dallas for a group of high school seniors interested in studying engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. David earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Missouri S&T and shared his industry wisdom and college experience with the seniors and their parents. His presentation on “My Missouri S&T Experience and How it Helped Me in my Professional Career”, included topics on problem solving, judgement in the practice of engineering, and the importance of having good technical writing skills.
Staff from each of our four offices came together under one roof for a two day conference at the Gaylord Texan. On Friday morning there were many familiar voices, but new faces. By Saturday afternoon, we’d like to think that the team parted with all familiar faces. Here are some highlights from the conference and Texas Rangers game!
The summer is ending, schools are up and running again, and the much anticipated “first day of school” is behind us. It’s been a long standing tradition to capture those smiles, new clothes, and haircuts before the big day. Here’s a look at our Alpha Testing kiddos’ first day of school pictures. A big thanks to all who sent in photographs!
Here at Alpha Testing, we have staff with all kinds of talent and hobbies: equestrian western pleasure, hunting, motorcycles, photography and apparently some fish whisperers in the Dallas office! When Blas Loya isn’t catching phone calls in the Dallas Dispatch office, he is catching bass! In this year alone, Blas has competed in 3 co-angler tournaments through the Bass Fishing League (BFL) and KCKL Big Bass with his fishing partner Chris Eubanks, a technician at Alpha Testing. The pair are lined up to compete August 6th in a local tournament at Lake Bonham, one of Blas’s favorite fishing spots. Fish, ye be warned!