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Winners of the 2019–2020 Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Data Analysis Student Contest

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) in a joint effort with the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) is pleased to announce the results of this year's Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Data Analysis Student Contest. The contest encourage students to use the LTPP data collected over the past three decades and offers a unique opportunity for contestants to work individually or in a team to perform research that will benefit the highway transportation community.

The caliber of this year's paper entities was quite impressive with first and second place awards made in two of the four contest categories. Congratulations to the five award winners for this year's student contest.

In the Graduate Category, first and second place awards were made to the following students:

First Place:

Hamad Bin Muslim, Graduate Research Assistant
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Michigan State University
Syed W. Haider, Ph.D., P.E. (Advisor)
Paper Title: Effects of Seasonal and Diurnal FWD Measurements on LTE of JPCP - LTPP SMP Data

Second Place:

Haoran Li and Katelyn Kosar
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Lev Khazanovich (Advisor)
Paper Title: Performance of Ohio SPS-2 Sections: Lessons Learned

The Aramis López Challenge Category saw one first place winner and two second place winners.

First Place:

Fengdi Guo
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jeremy Gregory and Randolph Kirchain (Advisors)
Paper Title: Assessing the Influence of Overweight Vehicles on Pavement Performance

Second Place:

Issa M. Issa and Dan G. Zollinger
Texas A&M University
Paper Title: A Framework for a Distress-Based Traffic Equivalency to Efficiently Evaluate the Effect of LTPP Traffic Loads on Pavement Performance

Muhamad Munum Masud, Graduate Research Assistant
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Michigan State University
Syed W. Haider, Ph.D., PE. (Advisor)
Paper Title: Weigh-in-Motion Accuracy Prediction Using Axle Load Spectra and Effect of Overloading Vehicles on Pavement Performance

The winners will be recognized for their achievement at a virtual meeting in early 2021 and present the findings from their analysis at an LTPP-sponsored webinar in February 2021.

Congratulations, again to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest.