Peter Zelkowski was awarded the 2020-2021 ADSC’s Johnie Stephens Memorial Scholarship. Zelkowski is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil Engineering at NMSU, mentored by Dr. Paola Bandini.
His doctoral research is sponsored by the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) to develop a deep foundation system with bio-inspired features that enhance the shaft resistance of the foundation. Zelkowski currently works on designing, constructing and testing a series of instrumented mid-scale prototype piles to be tested this fall.
Zelkowski served as the 2018-2019 President of the CBBG Student Leadership Council (SLC) and the lead graduate mentor for the CBBG 2019 summer program participants at NMSU.
His academic achievements include merit scholarships, Crimson Scholar List, and member and officer of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society. Zelkowski has interned for URENCO USA and Wood Group in New Mexico, as well as Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and Granite Construction in Arizona.
ADSC and the Industry Advancement Fund provide Civil Engineering Graduate Study Scholarships to well deserving students from schools in the U.S. and Canada. Zelkowski and the other scholarship recipients are invited to attend the 2020 ADSC Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida in January. ADSC is the International Association of Foundation Drilling.