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Washington State University National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE)

Research wins AASHTO award

The research project titled “Bio-Based Renewable Additives for Anti-Icing Applications” has won a High Value Research – Maintenance, Management & Preservation Supplemental Award from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. Congratulations to WSU researchers

Mehdi Honarvar Nazari
Taekil Oh
Alexander Charlemagne Ewing
Deborah Ave Okon
Yan Zhang
Brandon Avalos
Eisa Alnuaimi
Eden Adele Havens
Xianming Shi

Nazari Presents at NW Transportation Conference

Dr. Mehdi Honarvar Nazari presented a talk entitled “Ecofriendly Deicers for Protecting Infrastructure, Motor Vehicles, and the Environment” at the 2020 Northwest Transportation Conference at Oregon State University in Corvallis on March 10, 2020.

Liu serves as panelist at Beyond NSF workshop

The Office of the Vie Chancellor of Research at Missouri S&T organized the Beyond NSF workshop about writing proposals to DOT, DOE, DOD, DARPA, and NASA on February 28th. As one of the invited panelists, Dr. Jenny Liu shared her experience and thoughts on working with U.S. and state DOTs.

Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Mehdi Hanavar Nazari for being selected by the WSU Graduate School to receive the Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship for the 2020/21 academic year in the amount of $1500!

Zhang invited as keynote speaker

Dr. Xiong Zhang, Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at Missouri S&T, was invited to give a keynote speech on “Use of Wicking Fabric to Dehydrate Road Embankment under Unsaturated Conditions” at GEO-Omaha 2020, 37th Annual Geotechnical Conference, organized  by American Society of Civil Engineers, Nebraska Section – Geotechnical Group and Geo-Institute Nebraska Chapter in Omaha, NE on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Call for Project Proposals for Year 1

The National University Transportation Center (UTC), National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (, led by Washington State University (WSU), is now soliciting project ideas from researchers at all consortium member universities. The due date is Friday, February 28. More Info

New Journal Publication

Congratulations to Zhu et al. for their publication in Construction and Building Materials Journal titled “Adhesion characteristics of oxide modified asphalt unveiled by surface free energy and AFM-scanned mciromorphology.”  More

Case Western Reserve University presents at TRB

Case Western Reserve University team members led by Prof. Xiong (Bill) Yu, Frank H. Neff Professor and Interim Chair of Civil Engineering presented eight papers in podium or poster formats at the 100th Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual conference between January 12-16, 2020 at Washington DC. The topics of these papers covered a variety of innovative topics ranging for innovative materials, sustainable use of recycled materials, geomaterials, and data analytics and machine learning for infrastructure asset management, etc. Three of these papers are being evaluated for publishing by the Journal of Transportation Research Record. Xudong Fan, a Ph.D. student at Dr. Yu’s group, received the 3rd place student poster award during the student poster competition hosted together with the 10th Annual Workshop by the International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals (IACIP). Two other students, Jiajie Hu and Xijin Zhang, received student poster awards last year. Dr. Juncai Xu, a visiting professor from Hohai University, also delivered a presentation at the 10th IACIP annual workshop.

Missouri University of Science and Technology Researchers Presiding and Presenting at TRB

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 99th Annual Meeting was held on January 12-16, 2020, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology team gave more than 10 presentations at the annual TRB meeting covering a wide range of topics on transportation infrastructure. Drs. Jenny Liu, Xiong Zhang and their research groups’ presentations showcased their substantial effort on advancing innovative sustainable materials for transportation infrastructure use in cold regions. Some examples included “Evaluation of Cracking Susceptibility of Alaskan Polymer Modified Asphalt Binders Using Chemical and Rheological Indices,” and “Characterizing Influence of Water Access Condition during Freezing on Resilient Behavior of Base Course Materials.” Read More.