ICT Student Profile: Angeli Gamez

Angeli Gamez is a doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include numerical modeling of tire–pavement interaction in conjunction with field calibration. She states, “It’s essential to simulate realistic conditions and tie advanced modeling back to something practical that can improve current pavement design practices.”

While at ICT, Gamez has worked on several projects.

Short-Term Performance of Modified Stone Matrix Asphalt Produced with Warm-Mix Additives

“This project made me cognizant of the importance of sustainable materials. There isn’t an unlimited amount of virgin aggregates available, and it’s important to determine how to maintain high standards for pavement designs but also generate sustainable solutions.”

Impact of Wide-Base Tires on Pavement Damage

“This project has allowed me to use theoretical modeling to understand the impact of truck loading on pavement damage, while seeing how complex research can have practical, implementable results. The outcome of this project could impact state DOTs and various pavement engineering agencies.”

Influence of Tire Parameters on Roadway Structures

“This project focuses on the impact of tire type, axel load, inflation pressure, footprint dimensions, and wear. We’re currently working with a tire manufacturer on this, and their expertise is a great benefit.”

Numerical Prediction of 3D Tire-Pavement Contact Stresses

“This project is pushing the envelope to expand how we understand the mechanics of tire–pavement interaction. In addition, we will generate a database of predicted contact stresses that will be useful.”

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Gamez earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. An internship with the Nevada Department of Transportation led to her interest in asphalt material, which prompted her graduate studies. She earned an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. When she finishes her doctorate, Gamez plans to become a research professor. She is involved with the Graduate Society of Women Engineers, the American Society for Civil Engineers, and the Women in Transportation Seminar.

Gamez loves animals and in her spare time enjoys spending quality time with her cat and dog. She also enjoys painting, tennis, playing the guitar, and singing karaoke.