InTrans / Mar 22, 2024

PROSPER’s Ceylan receives 2023 Robert Horonjeff Award from ASCE

Halil Ceylan

Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research (PROSPER) Director Halil Ceylan will receive the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Robert Horonjeff Award, ASCE’s Board of Governors of the Transportation and Development Institute recently announced.

The award recognizes outstanding achievements in, and contributions to, the advancement of the field of air transportation engineering. Ceylan will be presented with the award at the ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development to be held in June in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Receiving this prestigious award will be a significant moment for me, representing the collective effort of the PROSPER/PEGASAS research group and our collaborators,” Ceylan said.

In addition to his work on sustainable pavements through PROSPER, Ceylan is also the Iowa State University site director for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability (PEGASAS).

Ceylan, a Pitt-Des Moines, Inc. endowed professor in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, has received numerous awards and recognition from ASCE, most recently being named a Distinguished Member.

Ceylan offered his appreciation to PROSPER and PEGASAS team members for their work that led him to receive the recognition. He also thanked sponsors, collaborators, and colleagues for their support.

“This accolade is not merely a reflection of my endeavors but is emblematic of our shared dedication to excellence in engineering education and research,” Ceylan said.

Ceylan’s research through PEGASAS has focused on electrically conductive concrete heated pavement systems, with the first test site placed at the Des Moines International Airport.

“This research is profoundly impactful, addressing the problem of snow- and ice-covered airfields leading to flight delays and cancellations during winter weather events,” reads in part ASCE’s announcement on Ceylan’s award. “Dr. Ceylan’s groundbreaking research aims to keep airports, as well as other transportation infrastructure systems, safe, open, and accessible during such adverse weather conditions.”

Read more about Ceylan’s recognition from the ASCE announcement and learn about PROSPER’s heated pavement system research from the project page and a news article on a previous award the project received.