Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam recently received the ISTT Gold Medal at the International No-Dig Show in Florence, Italy. The Gold Medal is the highest award given by the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT) to recognize individuals who are judged to have made an outstanding and exceptional individual contribution to trenchless technology. Ariaratnam becomes only the seventh person to receive this distinction in the 33-year history of ISTT.


Ariaratnam served on the ISTT’s Executive Sub-Committee (ESC) from 2005-2016 and was ISTT Chairman from 2010-2013.


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He is a Professor and Construction Engineering Program Chair in the School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment at Arizona State University in Tempe. His teaching and research interests are in the area of Underground Infrastructure Management and Rehabilitation, with a particular focus on trenchless engineering applications of horizontal directional drilling, trenchless pipe replacement, and underground utility asset management.


He has published over 300 technical papers in refereed journals and conferences, has co-authored eight textbooks, and is a co-holder of five patents.


Ariaratnam has received multiple awards including the prestigious John O. Bickel and Arthur M. Wellington Awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the ASCE Pipeline Division Award of Excellence; the Young Civil Engineer Achievement Award from the University of Illinois; and an award of recognition from Halliburton Energy Services for “contributions to underground technology.”


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In 2006, he was named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” list and in 2012 was named the Trenchless Technology Person of the Year.


Ariaratnam received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and Ontario (Canada). In 2018, he was elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


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