Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering Launched Today!

Registration is now open for joining the Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE), a global academic community aimed to educate, innovate, and advance the profession of pavement science and engineering. JOIN APSE.

In 2012, Illinois Center for Transportation Director Imad Al-Qadi invited a group of academic leaders from various educational institutions worldwide for a meeting where they formulated and debated a basic vision for how to advance pavement engineering education and research and set a new course for preparing the next generation of pavement engineers for professional practice. These academic leaders are the members of APSE’s Board of Governors: Professors Imad Al-Qadi, Bjorn Birgisson, John Harvey, Dallas Little, and Tom Scarpas.

On October 14, 2015, a group of academics (see list of founding members in APSE’s Directory) was invited to meet in Chicago and discuss the formation of APSE.  The group represented a wide spectrum of academics from research-active and education-focused institutes.  They came together to review, discuss, debate and further refine a vision for the development of a pavement science and engineering academic workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs and the demands of the multi-trillion dollar infrastructure that underpins the world’s economies. The founding members worked meticulously behind the scenes to define the group and draft its mission, vision, and roadmap as related to its three core activities: Education, Research, and Professional Development.

APSE’s activities are facilitated by officers elected by the founding members: Amit Bhasin of the University of Texas, Austin (President); Silvia Caro of the University of Los Andes, Colombia (Vice-President); Ghassan Chehab of  the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (Secretary); and Elie Hajj of the University of Nevada, Reno (Treasurer).

For more information about membership benefits and requirements and to learn more about APSE, please visit APSE’s homepage.

APSE founding members (bottom left to top right): Dallas Little (Texas A&M), Erol Tutumluer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jorge Pais (University of Minho), Imad Al-Qadi (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Luis Loria-Salazar (University of Costa Rica), Eshan Dave (University of New Hampshire), John Harvey (University of California, Davis), Elie Hajj (University of Nevada, Reno), Mostafa Elseifi (Louisiana State University), Hasan Ozer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kelvin C.P. Wang (Oklahoma State University), Linbing Wang (Virginia Tech), Andreas Loizos (National Technical University of Athens), Karim Chatti (Michigan State University), Baoshan Huang (University of Tennessee), Kevin Hall (University of Arkansas), Lev Khazanovich (University of Minnesota), Jake Hiller (Michigan Technological University), Bjorn Birgisson (Aston University), Silvia Caro (University of Los Andes), Sandra Erkens (TU Delft), Julie Vandenbossche (University of Pittsburgh), Rajib Mallick (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Jeff Roesler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kamil Kaloush (Arizona State University), Amit Bhasin (University of Texas at Austin), Wynand Steyn (University of Pretoria), Tom Scarpas (TU Delft), Gordon Airey (University of Nottingham). Other founding member (not shown): Charles Schwartz (University of Maryland); Aimin Sha (Chang’an University);  Jo Daniel (University of New Hampshire); Ghassan Chehab (American University of Beirut); Lijun Sun (Tongji University).