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    Dr. Ala R. Abbas

    Associate Professor
    Office: ASEC 433
    Tel- 330.972.8242
    Fax- 330.972.6020
    Email: abbas@uakron.edu




    Education

    • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2004, Washington State University
    • M.S., Civil Engineering, 2001, Washington State University
    • B.S., Civil Engineering, 1999, University of Jordan

    Professional Experience

    • 08/11 – Present, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH
    • 08/05 – 08/11, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH
    • 10/04 – 08/05, Highway Research Engineer, Soil and Land Use Technology, Inc., Beltsville , MD
    • 01/03 – 07/04, Highway Research Fellow, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, VA
    • 09/01 – 12/02, Research Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department , Washington State University, Pullman , WA
    • 08/99 – 08/01, Teaching Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department , Washington State University, Pullman , WA
    • 04/99 – 07/99, Site Engineer and Quality Control Manager, TAC Group, Amman , Jordan
    • 06/98 – 07/98, Research Trainee, Ground Engineering and Materials Science Department, University of Cantabria , Santander , Spain

    Courses Taught

    • Introduction to Civil Engineering Design/Geotechnical Engineering Component (4300:120)
    • Statics (4300:201)
    • Soil Mechanics (4300:313)
    • Geotechnical Engineering (4300:314)
    • Highway Materials (4300:468/568)
    • Pavement Engineering (4300:465/565)
    • Advanced Characterization of Highway Materials (4300:694)
    • Advanced Pavement Design and Analysis (4300:694)

    Research Interests

    • Modeling of geomaterials
    • Highway material characterization
    • Pavement surface texture characterization
    • Pavement response and performance modeling
    • Traffic characterization for pavement design
    • Traffic-related noise measurement and analysis

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Geo-Institute (GI)
    • Transportation Research Board (TRB)
    • Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT)
    • International Society of Asphalt Pavements (ISAP)
    • Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI)

    Awards

    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) 2009 Teaching Fellow
    • Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship in Transportation Engineering, Federal Highway Administration, 2004
    • Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship in Transportation Engineering, Federal Highway Administration, 2003
    • National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) research and education scholarship for the year 2001/2002
    • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the Year 2000, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department , Washington State University

    Funded Proposals

    • “Determining the Limitations of Warm Mix Asphalt by Water Injection in Mix Design, Quality Control and Placement”, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), ($247,285, 3/1/2011-7/1/2013)
    • “Nighttime Visibility of 3M All Weather Paint (AWP) and 3M 380WR ES Durable Tape under Dry, Wet, and Rainy Conditions”, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), ($20,000, 2/4/2011-6/4/2012)
    • “Improved Characterization of Truck Traffic Volumes and Axle Loads for Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design”, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), ($149,988, 11/26/2010-11/26/2012)
    • “Green Noise Wall Construction and Evaluation - Phase I”, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), ($106,998, 11/26/2010-5/26/2011)
    • “Mechanical Properties of Warm Mix Asphalt Prepared using Foamed Asphalt Binders”, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), ($20,000, 11/14/2009-3/14/2011)
    • “Acquisition of Basic Soil Testing Equipments”, Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), ($50,000, 2007-2008)
    • “Long Term Striping Alternatives for Bridge Decks”, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), ($105,399, 10/16/2006-3/31/2009).

    Book Publication

    • Pavements and Materials: Modeling, Testing and Performance, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 184 (ISBN 978-0-7844-1008-0), Geo-Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, Editors: You, Z., Abbas, A., and Wang, L. (2009), 163 pages.
    • Pavements and Materials: Characterization, Modeling and Simulation, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 182 (ISBN10 # 0784409862 and ISBN13 # 9780784409862), Geo-Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, Editors: You, Z., Abbas, A., and Wang, L. (2008), 178 pages.

    Report Publication

    • Abbas, A. R. and Ali, A. W. (2011), Mechanical Properties of Warm Mix Asphalt Prepared Using Foamed Asphalt Binders, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Report No. FHWA/OH-2011/6, 132 pages.
    • Abbas, A. R., Mohi, A., and Butterfield, J. (2009), Long Term Striping Alternatives for Bridge Decks, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Report No. FHWA/OH-2008/13, 252 pages.

    Selected Presentations

    • Abbas, A.R. (2011), “Update on WMA Lab Foaming Research,” Presented at the 2011 Ohio Asphalt Paving & North Central Asphalt User Producer Group Combined Conference, Columbus, OH, February 2-3.
    • Ali, A., Abbas, A.R., and Nazzal, M. (2011), “Laboratory Evaluation of Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt Produced by Water Injection,” Presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, DC, Janurary 23-27.

    Selected Publications

    • Ali, A., Abbas, A.R., Nazzal, M., and Powers, D. (2011), “Laboratory Evaluation of Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt,” American Standards of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Journal of Testing and Evaluation (JTE), In-Review.
    • Mbarki, R., Kutay, M. E., Gibson, N., Abbas, A. R. (2011), “Comparison between Fatigue Performance of Horizontal Field Cores from Different Asphalt Pavement Depths and Laboratory Specimens,” Road Materials and Pavement Design, In Review.
    • Kutay, M.E., Ozturk, H., Abbas, A.R., Hu, C. (2011), “Comparison of 2D and 3D Image-Based Aggregate Morphological Indices,” International Journal of Pavement Engineering, In Print.
    • Ali, A.W., Abbas, A.R., and Sett, K. (2011), “Effect of Spatial Variations in Subgrade Stiffness on Pavement Performance,” ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 211, Geo-Institute, Reston, VA, pp. 4802-4811.
    • Abbas, A. (2008), “Simulating the Deformation Behavior of Hot Mix Asphalt as Tested in the Indirect Tension Test,” ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 182, Geo-Institute, Reston, VA, pp. 16-23.
    • Tanesi, J., Kutay, M.E., Abbas, A., and Meininger, R. (2007), “Effect of CTE Variability on Concrete Pavement Performance as Predicted using the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Record No. 2020, pp. 40-44.
    • Masad, E., Arambula, E., Ketcham, R.A., Abbas, A.R., and Epps Martin, A. (2007), “Nondestructive Measurements of Moisture Transport in Asphalt Mixtures,” Journal of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, Vol. 76, pp. 919-952.
    • Abbas, A., Kutay , M.E. , Azari, H., and Rasmussen, R. (2007), “Three-Dimensional Surface Texture Characterization of Portland Cement Concrete Pavements,” Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol. 22, pp. 197-209.
    • Abbas, A., Masad, E., Papagiannakis, T., and Harman, T. (2007), “Micromechanical Modeling of the Viscoelastic Behavior of Asphalt Mixtures Using the Discrete Element Method,” International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, Vol. 7, Issue 2, pp. 131-139.
    • Abbas, A.R., Papagiannakis, A.T., and Masad, E.A. (2006), “Micromechanical Simulation of Asphaltic Materials Using the Discrete Element Method,” ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 146, Geo-Institute, Reston , VA.
    • Abbas, A., Masad, E., Papagiannakis, T., and Shenoy, A. (2005), “Modeling Asphalt Mastic Stiffness Using Discrete Element Analysis and Micromechanics-Based Models,” International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Vol. 16, pp. 137-144.
    • Mallela, J., Abbas, A., Harman, T., Rao, C., Liu, R., and Darter, M.I. (2005), “Measurement and Significance of Coefficient of Thermal Expansion of Concrete in Rigid Pavement Design,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Record No. 1919, pp. 38-46.
    • Abbas, A., Papagiannakis, A.T., and Masad, E. (2004), “Linear and Non-Linear Viscoelastic Analysis of the Microstructure of Asphalt Concretes,” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 16, pp. 133-139.
    • Abbas, A.R., Papagiannakis, A.T., and Masad, E.A. (2003), “Microstructural Analysis of the Constitutive Behavior of Asphalt Concretes,” ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 123, Geo-Institute, Reston VA, pp. 102-110.
    • Saadeh, S., Masad, E., Stuart, K., Abbas, A., Papagiannakis, T., and Al-Khateeb, G. (2003), “Comparative Analysis of Axial and Shear Moduli of Asphalt Mixes,” Journal of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, Vol. 72, pp. 122-153.
    • Papagiannakis, A.T., Abbas, A.R., and Masad, E.A. (2002), “Micromechanical Analysis of Viscoelastic Properties of Asphalt Concretes,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Record No. 1789, pp. 113-120.
    • Abbas, A., Choi, B.C., Masad, E., and Papagiannakis, T. (2002), “The Influence of Laboratory Aging Method on the Rheological Properties of Asphalt Binders,” Journal of Testing and Evaluation, American Society of Testing and Materials, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 171-176.