Congratulations, Donovan Camp, for being selected by the Executive Board as the
Alaska University Transportation Center Student of the Year. Donovan Camp is is a senior
undergrad studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
He will be graduating with a Bachelors of Science in the spring of 2015 and is currently
exploring postgraduate education opportunities.
In 2013, Donovan began a research position on a
venture lead by Dr. David Barnes and Dr. Billy Connor called the Dust Management Research
Project. The project involves an in-depth look into the behavior of dust palliatives when applied
to a variety of soil types and producing procedures to quantify their effectiveness to mitigate dust
emission of unpaved surfaces. The problems associated with airborne soil particulates are of
elevated significance for Alaskans because of the high number of unpaved roads and runways in
remote Alaskan villages and towns. The project requires summer fieldwork collecting data and
samples from all over the state and data analysis and lab testing during the winter.
In his down time, Donovan enjoys taking full advantage of the outdoor opportunities
readily available in Alaska. In the summer this includes hiking, canoeing, camping and enough
fishing to keep his freezer full of salmon all winter. Colder outdoor activities involve
snowboarding, cross-country skiing, trips to remote hot springs and advanced saunaing. Before
solidifying on his decision to become an engineer Donovan studied music and played guitar in
the UAF jazz band. He continues to practice his instrument and do occasional performances
when his schedule allows.
Donovan will receive a $1,000 stipend and an all-expenses paid trip to the Transportation
Research Board meeting in January 2015 to receive his award at the CUTC Banquet.