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Graduate Profile, Maria Burton, M.S.

Name: Maria Burton
Hometown: Grew up in the Military :-). Childhood spent in Lakenheath AFB, England, family is from Washington State and the Philippines.
Advisor: Dr. Jorge Prozzi
Area of research: Pavement Management

Maria conducting a presentation on diamond grinding in New Zealand (left), and (right) tracing cracks with chalk to outline a crack map of the pavement.

Maria conducting a presentation on diamond grinding in New Zealand (left), and (right) tracing cracks with chalk to outline a crack map of the pavement.

How does it feel to be graduating?
It feels great to be graduating. I am looking forward to getting some experience in the field and becoming a professional engineer.

Why did you choose to pursue your graduate studies at CTR/UT Austin?
UT Austin has a strong Transportation Engineering program with variety of experts coming from diverse backgrounds. A lot of important and new research comes from the CTR.

Looking back, who influenced you the most during your time at UT Austin?
My advisor, Dr. Jorge Prozzi and Dr. Michael Murphy from CTR, who also advised me on a lot of the projects I worked on.

What projects did you work on while you were here?
Some of the projects I worked on at UT Austin included:

  • Estimating the relative damage due to oversized and overweight trucks on the pavements in Texas using Darwin ME software.
  • Analyzing statistics on animal-vehicle collisions in Texas using the Crash Records Information System (CRIS) of Texas.
  • Researching and determining best management practices for narrow pavement widening in Texas.
  • Studying and comparing different automated data collection equipment for their capabilities in estimating cross-slope, surface texture, cracking, and other pavement distresses.

Posted by Joey Williams  |  Category : Student Spotlight