Precast Studio professor Jovan Tatar, PhD, of the University of Delaware hosted his students' final presentation for precast industry mentors, industry friends, and graduate students this week. The seven students in his program worked in two teams, each taking on a common precast project design, working with an industry mentor and closely using the PCI Design Handbook to create their work.
Four students, Ammad Khan, Richard Caruso, Luis Molina Uria and Nate Young, took on stadium design as their final project. They were assisted by industry mentor David Orndorf from Shockey Precast. The students designed risers, riser-to-riser and riser-to-taker beam connections.
Three students, Rachel Henry, Santiago , and Sean Weaver worked on a parking structure in Newark, DE as their final project. They were assisted by their industry mentor Chris Gray of Shockey Precast. The students designed double tees, spandrels, and typical connections in parking structures.
The PCI Foundation Precast Studio is in its first year of a four-year program at the University of Delaware. The design studio will partner with Ernest Maier Inc., Shockey Precast and PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter to provide rewarding educational, professional development and networking opportunities for UD students. The specific objectives of the program are to: (1) educate students in precast; (2) immerse students in team-based precast design projects; (3) engage students in personalized mentoring experiences; (4) provide hands-on co-op opportunities for UD students; and, ultimately, (5) attract top talent to precast industry..