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CAIT Covers Sustainable Pavements at National Event
CAIT researcher Hao Wang takes an active role at ASCE national meeting
Dr. Hao Wang, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rutgers' School of Engineering, contributed to planning and programs for the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) 2013 Airfield and Highway Pavement. This year's conference—"Sustainable and Efficient Pavements"—was held June 9-12, 2013, in Los Angeles. Wang served on the conference scientific committee, which helps develop the technical programs for the meeting.
He moderated a session on modified asphalt binder characteristics that covered topics relating to performance of a wide range of asphalt modifiers—such as recycled materials, mastics, and polymers—that could enhance pavement sustainability.
He also presented in three other sessions.
In the Pavement Performance Evaluation Using Field Deflection Data track, Wang focused on evaluating pavement preservation performance using long-term data and statistical analysis. His co-presenter was Zilong Wang, a Ph.D., a civil and environmental engineering student who earned his master's degree from Rutgers this spring and now is working with Wang as a graduate research assistant on NJDOT-sponsored research.
As part of the Characteristics of Foamed and Asphalt Mastics track, Wang presented on rheological properties of asphalt binder partially substituted with biomass byproducts. His co-presenter was Kristin Derewicki, a former grad researcher with CAIT's AASHTO-accredited pavement lab and CAIT UTC Student of the Year who now works as an associate engineer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
In the Interlayer Systems: Testing, Performance, and Analysis track, Wang presented with colleagues from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on aspects of testing and modeling of shear strength at the pavement layer interface.
"One of the many advantages of this particular conference is how focused it is," says Wang. "There's a real sense of community and more opportunities for in-depth discussion and exchange than are available at some of the larger meetings."
Wang has been working with CAIT's Pavement Resource Program since August 2011 when he received his professorship. His recent work examines performance-related asphalt pavement specifications, life cycle assessment, pavement preservation, and vehicle-tire-pavement interaction acoustics.
Wang's broader research interests include pavement design, maintenance, and management, innovative and sustainable materials, nondestructive evaluation techniques, and computational modeling of structure materials. His expertise in these subjects makes him an invaluable contributor to CAIT's surface and sub-surface evaluation and advanced materials research.
Read Dr. Hao Wang's bio here.