Bhasin Receives ASCE Huber Prize for Infrastructure Materials Research
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded the 2017 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize to Associate Professor Amit Bhasin. He is recognized for “creative and rigorous work on the mechanics and physio-chemical behavior of asphalt materials.” Bhasin will receive his award at ASCE 2017 in New Orleans in October.
Huber Prizes are awarded to members of the ASCE in any grade for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering. Preference is given to younger members (generally under 40 years of age) of early accomplishment who can be expected to continue fruitful careers in research.
The selection committee particularly noted Dr. Bhasin’s research as “providing considerable new insight into the areas of fracture, damage, and healing of asphalt and time dependent materials.”
Dr. Bhasin’s research and teaching interests are in the area of infrastructure materials. He performs research that relates fundamental properties of constituent materials to the engineering performance of composites such as asphalt concrete mixtures. Here are his current CTR projects:
- 0-6847, Cost Effective Alternatives to Seal Coats
- 0-6925, Improving the Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder Specification
- 0-6947, Revised Allowable Maximum Recycled Binder Ratio (RBR) Specification
In addition, Dr. Bhasin was tapped to helm the newly formed Academy for Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE), an organization created to advance education, research, and professional development of pavement engineering. A few years in the making, APSE was launched by 35 founding members from 29 universities across 11 countries on April 1, 2017, and will hold its inaugural meeting in Washington D.C. in January 2018. APSE opens to students and faculty members this summer.
Next on the horizon for Dr. Bhasin is the 2018 Advances in Materials and Pavement Performance Prediction (AM3P) conference, which he is helping to organize in conjunction with Texas A&M at Qatar and the Delft University of Technology. This international conference, to be held in Qatar in April 2018, will offer a unique forum for exchanging ideas about various approaches to predicting pavement performance.