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FAU Researchers Promoted to New Positions

Pierre-Philippe Beaujean

Dr. Pierre-Philippe Beaujean has been named Interim-Chair of the department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University.  Beaujean is a TriDurLE researcher and also professor at FAU. He specializes in the field of underwater acoustics, acoustics in sediments and porous solids, signal processing, sonar design, data analysis, machine health monitoring, and vibrations control. Dr. Beaujean is an active member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).




Francisco Presuel-Moreno

In addition, Dr. Francisco Presuel-Moreno, a site director for TriDurLE and Professor and Director of Graduate Programs at Florida Atlantic University Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering,  has been name the director of SeaTech, an institute of FAU-OME  labs  in Dania Beach, Florida.

Liu Presents at ASCE-CI and CRC Joint Conference

Dr. Jenny Liu, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was invited to give two presentations entitled “Preliminary Study of HDPE Modified Asphalt” and “Integrating Quality Assurance in Balanced Mix Design for Durable Mixtures” during the CI&CRC Joint Conference, Arlington, VA, March 9 -12, 2022. As the Chair of ASCE Bituminous Materials Committee (BMC), she also chaired one BMC sponsored technical session and the committee meeting during the conference.

ASCE’s Construction Institute (CI) and Construction Research Council (CRC) are joining forces to bring this joint conference for the latest in construction insights from the academic community and industry professionals.

Haifang Wen Named ASCE Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Haifang Wen of Washington State University, who has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The ASCE represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries and is the nation’s oldest engineering society.

Yan Zhang wins CUTC award

Yan Zhang, a WSU Ph.D. student in Civil & Environmental Engineering, has won the 2022 Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for the best Doctoral dissertation. The annual CUTC National Annual Student Awards recognize outstanding scholarship in transportation research and education. All awards come with an honorarium and award winners were recognized at the CUTC Annual Awards Ceremony, held in virtually on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Congratulations Yan!

Webinar: Modeling collapsible soil and its impact on axially loaded piles

Speaker:  Mohamad Ashour, Ph.D., Alabama A&M University
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Civil Engineering program
Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Title: Modeling collapsible soil and its impact on axially loaded piles

Time: January 26, 12:00 PM Pacific Time

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Licensing deal aims to enable safer winter roads with more sustainable chemicals

An anti-icing technology developed at Washington State University is being licensed by Fusione Corp., a Massachusetts-based snow and ice operations company, with the goal of creating environmentally responsible and sustainable snow and ice road treatments. Read More

“Development and Testing of Autonomous Vehicle Technology for Transportation Infrastructure Maintenance” By Dr. XB Hu

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Development and Testing of Autonomous Vehicle Technology for Transportation Infrastructure Maintenance

Mobile and slow-moving operations, such as striping, sweeping, bridge flushing, and pothole patching, are critical for efficient and safe operation of a highway transportation system. However, reducing hazards for roadway workers and achieving a safer environment for both roadway maintenance operators and the public have been a challenging problem. In 2017 alone, a total of 158,000 total crashes occurred in our nation’s work zones, accounting for 61,000 injuries. The Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator (ATMA) vehicle, sometimes referred to as an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV), offers a promising solution to eliminate injuries to Department of Transportation (DOT) employees.

In this webinar, we will present how to use Autonomous Vehicle technology for work zone maintenance, for the purpose of protecting DOT maintenance workers from potential crashes. We will also present the evaluation methodology for the ATMA system, as well as the field-testing outcomes in Sedalia, MO. We hope this webinar will be helpful for transportation agencies that are interested in deploying similar technologies, or for academic researchers to assess characteristics of autonomous vehicles and to apply knowledge gained in transportation modeling and simulation practices.

About the Presenter

Dr. XB Hu is currently an Assistant Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona in 2013 and was a founding team member and the Director of R&D at Metropia Inc. at Tucson AZ. His research focuses on smart transportation systems, transportation big data analytics, and traffic flow and system modeling. He is supporting Missouri DOT, Colorado DOT, and a pool-fund with 12 state DOT members to test and deploy autonomous maintenance technology in the United States.