Three Trenchless Technology Leaders Join SippTech

SippTech has finalized the addition of three of trenchless technology experts, Dr. Tom Iseley, Joe Barsoom, and Robert Affholder, to the company’s leadership team.

“I was both honored and humbled when these gentlemen demonstrated such a sincere interest in becoming a part of SippTech’s senior management team,” SippTech CEO/CTO Kent Weisenberg said. “They will all play a critical role in advancing SippTech’s technologies as well as integrity of the SIPP industry.”

Dr. Iseley, who will serve as SippTech’s Chief Business Development Officer, has over 40 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of underground infrastructure systems and has maintained an international leadership position in Trenchless Technology and Buried Infrastructure Asset Management. In 1989, Dr. Iseley established the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) and is also a founding director of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT). Having received many awards over the years – the ASCE John O. Bickel Award (1995), the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award (1999), and NASTT’s Life Time Achievement Award (2001), Dr. Iseley will also be inducted into the 2017 NASTT Hall of Fame. Along with his role as Chief Business Development Officer, Dr. Iseley will serve on SippTech’s board of directors.

Joe Barsoom, who will serve as SippTech’s Chief Design Officer, has 53 years of experience in civil engineering, planning, design and construction management of public works projects. Barsoom currently serves as the Director of the Municipal Forum Program, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Trenchless Technology Center, and as Chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F-17 Committee.  In 2000, he was voted Trenchless Technology Person of the Year and was also awarded the ASCE 2010 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award, recognizing his contributions to the advancement of pipeline engineering, development of engineering standards and practices for Trenchless Rehabilitation.

Robert Affholder, who will serve on SippTech’s board of directors, currently serves as Vice Chairman of SAK Construction and has helped SAK solve complicated tunneling and pipeline rehabilitation challenges. Affholder was voted Trenchless Technology Person of the year in 1996 and is known as “a living legend in the U.S. tunneling and trenchless rehab industries.” He also built both Affholder Inc. and Insituform Mid-America into national leaders in the pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling markets.


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