Student Impacts — Alejandro Henao was named 2015 Student of the Year. Henao is a transportation engineering PhD student in civil engineering at the University of Colorado-Denver. He is president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter and student leader of the active communities/transportation research group. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at numerous national conferences. [view the full article]
Other highlights include outreach to high school students, National Transportation Week activities, Scholarship winners, and student accomplishments.
Faculty Impacts — Nadim Wehbe, professor of civil and environmental engineering at South Dakota State University was elected fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Fellow status is conferred upon members who have made celebrated contributions to the society and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. The prestigious honor is held by less than 3.5 percent of members. [view the full article]
Other highlights include an award winning paper on engaging first-year engineering students, an MPC faculty member named as research coordinator for TRB's Standing Committee on Maintenance and Operations and Management, and an MPC faculty member who was honored by two peer-reviewed journals as outstanding reviewer.
Research Impacts — Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is a global concrete durability problem that continues to plague certain aggregate sources. A long-term field site was setup at the University of Wyoming to evaluate ASR and mitigation strategies for local aggregates. As shown in the photo, Wyoming wildlife made a home on one of the long term field-exposure blocks. While he rests, the research team continues to provide solutions to make high-performance concrete for the state and beyond. [view the full article]
Other highlights include studies of transportation resiliency, a sensor fusion approach to assessing pavement condition, efforts to help small cities plan for bicycles, development of guidelines for evaluating training programs for DOT workers, and development of new low-cost bridge systems.
The above articles and more can be found in the 2015 Highlights (PDF, 5078K).