Friday, October 25, 2013

Executive Director's Message UAPA Newsletter October 2013

I had the privilege a few days ago to join with a UAPA member in hosting some students from the University of Utah as they took a tour of all the steps that go into making a good road – from mining to production, these civil and environmental engineering students were given a first-rate tour that they will not soon forget.

Throughout the entire tour, I was amazed at the level of engagement from the students.  Their questions were insightful and their responses to the inquires we asked of them were enlightening.  Take, for example, that most of the students, despite their excellent education, did not know that asphalt pavements are America’s most-recycled product.  At the time, I was glad to share this fact with them, but it also caused me to think about how we might do a better job of educating others about the benefits and versatility of asphalt pavements. 

Our Lunch and Learn Series for UAPA is a good start.  Coupled with the Utah Asphalt Conference each year, we are well on our way to filling a need here in the state.  More is on the way, however, and I hope that you will join us as we develop literature, training programs and certificates, and specifications that both provide and prove the value of the product which we provide. 

Both our Operations and our Technical committees are fully engaged in this effort.  It is an excellent time to become a part of the association.  We are crafting our vision for the future of the asphalt pavement industry in Utah and we want everyone to be a part of that – from students to sages in the profession, your input is vital.  Help us make a great industry become even better.

                                                                        -Reed Ryan
Executive Director

The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association

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