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Pavement Academic Leaders Get Together to Discuss the Future of Pavements

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Pavement engineering as an academic discipline faces numerous challenges as well as opportunities in terms of identity, education, research and professional practice. Over the past two years, Professors Al-Qadi (UIUC), Birgisson (Aston), Harvey (UC Davis), Little (TX A&M) and Scarpas (TUDelft) have formulated and debated a basic vision for how to advance pavement engineering education and research and set a new course for preparing the next generation of pavement engineers for professional practice. This vision includes a collective focus on the science and engineering principles that underpin our discipline and align education, research and professional practice with new and emerging knowledge in design, materials, analysis, modeling, management and sustainability to address the challenges for pavement professionals in the 21st century.

On October 14, 2015, academic leaders from around the world came together to review, discuss, debate and further refine this vision for the development of a pavement engineering academic workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs and the demands of the multi-trillion dollar infrastructure that underpins the world's economies. The all-day forum was held at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL and was hosted and led by Professor Al-Qadi of UIUC.  

During the meeting the academic leaders established the Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE). Dedicated task force teams were charged with the development of a mission statement and the drafting of white papers on education, research, professional image and community service for the pavement engineering profession. These white papers will provide the building blocks for a global roadmap for revitalizing the discipline, share knowledge and strengthen the academic foundations of pavement engineering. The participants will meet again at the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in January 2016, in Washington, D.C. At the meeting in D.C. the primary focus will be on developing a roadmap for ASPE. 

The meeting attendees were:  Amin Isha (Professor, Chang'An University by video message) Amit Bhasin (University of Texas at Austin), Andreas Loizos (National Technical University of Athens), Baoshan Huang (University of Tennessee), Bjorn Birgisson (Aston University), Dallas Little (Texas A&M), Elie Hajj (University of Nevada, Reno), Erol Tutumluer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Eshan Dave (University of New Hampshire), Gordon Airey (University of Nottingham), Hasan Ozer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Imad Al-Qadi (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jake Hiller (Michigan Technological University), Jeff Roesler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), John Harvey (University of California, Davis), Jorge Pais (University of Minho), Julie Vandenbossche (University of Pittsburgh), Kamil Kaloush (Arizona State University), Karim Chatti (Michigan State University), Kelvin C.P. Wang (Oklahoma State University), Kevin Hall (University of Arkansas), Lev Khazanovich (University of Minnesota), Linbing Wang (Virginia Tech), Luis Loria-Salazar (University of Costa Rica), Mostafa Elseifi (Louisiana State University), Rajib Mallick (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Sandra Erkens (TU Delft), Silvia Caro (University of Los Andes), Tom Scarpas (TU Delft), Wynand Steyn (University of Pretoria)