INSPIRE Newsletter

Biannual News Publication

The INSPIRE UTC will publish theme-focused newsletters every six months.

Volume 3 - Issue 2 - Fall 2019

Volume 3 - Issue 1- Spring 2019

Volume 2-Issue 2- Fall 2018

Volume 2-Issue 1- Spring 2018

Volume 1-Issue 2- Winter 2017

Volume 1-Issue 1- Summer 2017

 

Recent News

News and Announcements

Center for Intelligent Infrastructure Positions Available

The Center for Intelligent Infrastructure (CII) has recently been established  at the Missouri University of Science and Technology is seeking to expand its research capabilities in autonomous inspection and maintenance of civil infrastructure (e.g., bridges and tunnels) by inviting applications for a non-tenure research faculty position, commencing around October 15, 2019.  The appointment is anticipated to be made at the Research Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on candidates' background and expereince in robotics and system integration research and  infrastructure inspection and maintenance.  The initial appointment will be at the 75% FTE (up to $72,000/year).  The successful candidate will seek external funds to pay additional 25% work hours.  The candidate is required to work in laboratory and field environments, doing heavy lifting and travelling long distance to job sites for a few months per year.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Interested applicants should visit https://hr.mst.edu/careers/ to apply for position #00075310.  

CII is also seeking to hire a Research Engineer to expand research capabilities in autonomous inspection and maintenance of civil infrastructure beginning around October 15, 2019.  The annual salary for this position with full benefits is around $60,000 depending on candidates' background and experience.  Candidates must have earned undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET/EAC accredited program or equivalent, and at least one (1) year of practical experience in bridge inspection and maintenance, particularly with the state department of transportation.  The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate ability to work in laboratory and field environments and willingness to do heavy lifting and long distance travel.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Interested applicants should visit https://hr.mst.edu/careers/ to apply for position #00075187

Diffusion and Uniformity of Recycled Asphalt in Pavements

Present:  December 4th, 2:30 PM Central Time at 121 Butler-Carlton Hall
Speaker: Dr. Baoshan Huang, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

ABSTRACT

Asphalt pavements covers over 93 percent of the paved roads in the United States. The use of recycled asphalt into pavement maintenance and construction has been a common practice. However the lack of understanding of the interaction between recycled and virgin asphalt poses a change on the efficient use of recycled asphalt, and often causes pavement premature failures. The present study addressed some fundamental aspects associated with the beneficial use of recycled asphalt into asphalt paving mixtures: 1) how much recycled asphalt can be mobilized into a uniform asphalt coating in the mixture? and 2) will the mobilized old asphalt co-mingle with virgin asphalt to form a homogeneous material? Analytical chemical procedure and fluorescence microscopy (FM), and molecular dynamics simulation have been utilized for the analyses. The results have provided better understandings on the homogenization process between the recycled and virgin asphalt; thus provide better guidance to efficient use of recycled asphalt pavements.

SPEAKER

Baoshan Huang, Ph.D.,P.E, is the Edwin G. Burdette Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he has been employed since January 2002. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at Tongji University in China and a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. His areas of research include transportation infrastructure materials, pavement engineering, geotechnical engineering, and infrastructural asset management. Over the last fifteen years of his professional career, Dr. Huang has secured over ten million dollars of research funding to support his research activities. He has been actively involved in many professional committees, including the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the International Society of Asphalt Pavement (ISAP). He was the chair of the ASCE Bituminous Materials Committee (BMC) during 2010-2012, and has been associate editors for the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Journal of Transportation Engineering - Part B: Pavements, Journal of Cleaner Production, and serves in editorial boards for several international journals. Dr. Huang has published over 180 (SCI Indexed) journal papers and holds five US patents (one pending), one International patent, and three Chinese patents (two pending) on innovative infrastructure materials design and characterization.

 

August 6, 2019:  Dr. Chen, the Robert W. Abbett Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, was elected to become a Fellow of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure during the 9th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII-9).

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