NASTT Selects 2023 Ralston Young Trenchless Achievement Award Recipient
March 15, 2023 by NASTT Staff
The Ralston Young Trenchless Achievement Award applauds savvy members under 36 who demonstrate excellence early in their careers by making valuable contributions to the trenchless technology industry and NASTT.
Young Trenchless Achievement Award Selection Committee Chair, Chris Sivesind, Territory Manager at Akkerman and NASTT staff made a surprise call to Marya to share the news. “We had an impressive group of candidates. Marya made immeasurable contributions to the NASTT community, especially the Canadian chapters.” Chris said.
Marya, was thrilled to hear the news with her four-month old in her arms. “It is a privilege to be recognized for my passion for all things trenchless“ she said acknowledging the inspirational careers of previous recipients, some of whom are now her mentors and colleagues.
In Marya Jetten’s 12 years as an Engineer, she has gained in-depth experience in a wide variety of trenchless technologies for conveyance installation and renewals. “NASTT has provided me with a robust industry network and continuous education in trenchless technology,” she said. “I am honored to be recognized by NASTT for my contributions to the trenchless community.”
Marya is regular presenter and attendee at well-established Canadian, North American & Global conferences, where she expands her network and builds her knowledge on rapidly changing industry standards, available and applicable products for various applications and the ever-expanding boundaries being pushed for installation methods. She shares this knowledge with her Jacobs peers as the Jacobs Global Technology Leader for Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation Solutions.
“Marya’s communication skills help maintain cohesiveness within the team, recruit new members, and elevate the overall level of excellence in delivery,” said Daniel Buonadonna, Senior Technologist at Jacobs, who was thrilled to nominate Marya. “Marya uses her leadership influence to raise awareness of trenchless technologies and enable project success across the continent.”
Marya served as the Co-Chair of the Technical Program Committee for No-Dig North 2022, after volunteering for the conference in 2021. Bruce Yao, Vice President of Testing at Paragon Systems Testing who also served as Co-chair noted that her extensive project management experience was instrumental in the conference’s success. “
Her positive can-do attitude also made her a joy to work with as a team; she brought the most out of the people working around her.” Gerald Bauer, Principal Water at Stantec Consulting Ltd. Was also a No-Dig North volunteer. “She worked tirelessly in her role…doing an amazing job to make the conference a huge success,” he said. Marya also serves as the GLSLA Chapter Vice-Chair.
In addition to her chapter and committee activities, Marya has been an author and presenter at both the NASTT No-Dig Show and No-Dig North. Her six technical papers are available through the NASTT technical paper library.
Matthew Izzard, NASTT Executive Director, thanked Marya for her NASTT involvement and enthusiasm and for being among the best of the best of young trenchless professionals. Special recognition of Marya will take place at the NASTT No-Dig Show in Portland.
Join Marya and other trenchless professionals in their 20s and 30s at the combined Young Professionals/Student/Municipal Scholarship Social on Sunday, April 30 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the Portland Ballroom Lobby.