Winter 2011 Awards and Outreach Activities

ICT congratulates its investigators, staff, and student researchers on several recent honors and outreach activities:

Bassem Andrawes won the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Andrawes will receive $400,000 over the next five years to develop and study a new technology that uses smart materials to reinforce lifeline concrete structures with the aim of mitigating damage from strong earthquakes.

Francisco Evangelista Junior received a research award from the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues. This award program is sponsored by the U.S. DOT, FAA, and administered by the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board. The title of his proposed research is “Prediction of Potential Cracking Failure Modes in Airfield Rigid Pavements Due to New Generation Aircraft and Environmental Effects.”

Kerry Slattery will present his research on ICT R27-30, Evaluation of 3-D Laser Scanning for Construction Applications, at the American Road and Transportation Builders’ Transportation Construction Management TCM-2 Conference in Orlando Florida, Feb. 7-10, 2011.

ICT project R27-64, Development of a Highway Incident Management Operational and Training Guide, was featured in SIUE’s Research and Creative Activities magazine. PIs are Huaguo Zhou and Ryan Fries (SIUE). Click here to read the article.

Imad Al-Qadi was interviewed on WCIA about his work with “smart roads.” Click here to see the video.

Imad Al-Qadi also gave the keynote address at 1st GSI-Asia Geosynthetics Conference on November 16-18, 2010, in Taichung, Taiwan. His address was titled, “”Geosynthetics in pavements: Optimization through advanced modeling and field response measurements.”

ICT project R27-57, Superiority and Constructibility of Fibrous Additives for Bridge Deck Overlays, was featured in the September 2010 issue of the Journal of the Chinese Ceramic Society. PIs are Mohammad Alhassan and Suleiman Ashur (Purdue).

Xiaopeng Li was recognized with a “Best Doctoral Dissertation Presentation Award” at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC, January 2011. His presentation, “Reliable Facility Location Design and Traffic Sensor Deployment under Probabilistic Disruptions,” was one of the two selected among 35 entries this year (24 of which were accepted for presentation at a half-day Doctoral Dissertation Research session on transportation modeling and travel behavior). The session was co-sponsored by the Transportation Network Modeling Committee (ADB30), the Traffic Flow Theory Committee (AHB45), the Transportation Demand Forecasting Committee (ADB40), the Traveler Behavior and Values Committee (ADB10), and the Telecommunications and Travel Behavior Committee (ADB20) of the Transportation Research Board.

Several other ICT investigators presented their research at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Click here for a list of topics.

ICT exhibited at the 59th Annual Illinois Traffic Engineering and Safety Conference held in Champaign on October 20-22, 2010.