Transportation engineering Ph.D. students Izak Said and Angeli Gamez have recently received the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Graduate Research Award for the academic year 2017-2018. Izak’s research proposal that earned him the award focuses on the development of a framework which allows for a holistic evaluation of airport pavements based on structural and environmental performance. Angeli’s research seeks to quantify the near-surface response of airfield pavements as a result of aircraft tire turning conditions using advanced numerical modeling.
Each of the doctoral candidates received a $10,000 stipend for conducting their research on airport pavements. The Graduate Research Award Program is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and administered by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. The objective of the award is to promote applied research on airport and related aviation system issues to help the public sector continue to improve the quality, reliability, safety, and security of the civil aviation system.