AUTC 2010 Student of the Year: Rodney Collins

January 15, 2011 • Filed under: Student of the Year — billy.connor

Rodney Collins is a Master’s degree student in Civil Engineering here at UAF and is on schedule to receive his degree this spring. Two years ago he received his B.S. degree from CEM in December 2009. He has actively been researching the use of geofibers and synthetic fluid to stabilize marginal soils.

Man stands in materials testing lab with equipment to his right

photo credit: Kala Hansen

Rodney Collins performing strength tests on fiber reinforced soil.

In his role as research assistant he has been involved with two published papers detailing the study of Fairbanks silt stabilization using geofibers and synthetic fluids. Other work, will be highlighted in soon to be released publications involving shear tests using Ottawa sand and road stabilization.

His research work and studies have taken him across the state from Kaktovik to Kwigillingok, from Emmonak to Unalakleet. Other studiy areas have included dust control measures and bearing capacity measurements. Says Collins, “Throughout my studies the most important thing I have gained is the opportunity to interact with people from different cultures and understand engineering problems through the eyes of the people that live there.”

the most important thing I have gained is the opportunity to interact with people from different cultures and understand engineering problems through the eyes of the people that live there
— Rodney Collins

Rodney plans on earning a Ph.D., gaining practical experience at a consulting firm and eventually returning to UAF to perform more research and teach another generation of students.