This new educational initiative complements our general educational programs, the USPA/University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Education Program, and the USPA/ Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) Education Program. The USPA/UAF and USPA/PYRN Educational Programs were established in 2008, following the successful conclusion of the Ninth Internal Conference on Permafrost. PEEP was created in 2009, specifically to promote engineering education and outreach for permafrost engineering related issues.
PEEP will address the sustaining need for practical engineering
solutions related to buildings, roads, and other public infrastructure
in Alaska and Arctic Regions. It will continue the successful legacy
started by the Permafrost Technology Foundation in its focus of
providing permafrost engineering solutions and standards in the
PEEP was established at the USPA 2009 Annual meeting and already
has received donations from interested supporters. The program will
use a variety of educational approaches to help meet the ongoing
needs of the engineering community and the public for standards,
demonstrations, designs, and performance of structures built on
permafrost soils and other related permafrost engineering. This
may include support for engineering workshops, college and university
student grants and engineering awards, and public education efforts.
USPA already has developed a history of support and participation
with engineering firms working on permafrost projects and associated
university and public agency groups. Additionally, the close collaboration
with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center over the last few
years has resulted in a continuing partnership for permafrost education
issues related to housing and foundations. We anticipate the partnership
to continue in the future.
PEEP Past Travel Grant Winners
TICOP - Tenth International Conference on Permafrost
Texas A & M
Characteristics of active-layer temperature profiles related to
Arctic transportation management on the North Slope, Alaska
Tanana village school, Tanana, Alaska
Teaching science in rural Alaska
The USPA Permafrost Engineering Education Program (PEEP) was started with a grant from the Permafrost Technology Foundation (PTF). The USPA appreciates their major contribution to this project.