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Dan King

TITLE

Research Engineer, CP Tech Center

PHONE

515-294-2670

EMAIL

deking@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CP Tech Center

About Dan

Dan is a research engineer for the National Concrete Pavement Technology (CP Tech) Center, where he assists in the center’s mission of research and technology transfer toward the goal of applying leading edge concrete pavement science to concrete paving practice around the country. Dan previously worked for the Iowa Concrete Paving Association and Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association, where he provided his expertise in concrete pavements and materials for Iowa’s construction and engineering communities.

Dan is registered as a Professional Engineer in Iowa. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and he is also currently pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering here at Iowa State.

Education


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, anticipated December 2023
  • MS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013

Licenses and Certifications


  • Professional Engineer, State of Iowa, License Number P25712, 2019–present
  • Flatwork Finisher Technician, American Concrete Institute, 2016–present
  • Field Testing Technician I, American Concrete Institute, 2015–present

Professional Experience


  • Research Engineer, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 2021–present
  • Concrete Research and Design DirectorIowa Concrete Paving Association & Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Ankeny, Iowa, 2015–2021
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant,
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013–2015

Publications


  • King, D., Baral, A., and Roesler, J. 2021. Photocatalytic NOx Removal Efficiency and Surface Reflectance of Carbonated Mortars. Construction and Building Materials (Submitted).
  • Tian, K., King, D., Yang, B., Ceylan, H., and Kim, S. 2021. Characterization of Curling and Warping Influence on Smoothness of Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements. Airfield and Highway Pavements.
  • Sen, S., Roesler, J., and King, D. 2019. Albedo Estimation of Finite-Sized Concrete Specimens. Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 738–757.
  • Gross, J., King, D., Ceylan, H., Chen, Y., and Taylor, P. 2019. Optimized Joint Spacing for Concrete Overlays with and without Structural Fiber Reinforcement, InTrans Project 15-559. National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • Gross, J., King, D., Harrington, D., Ceylan, H., Chen, Y., King, S., Taylor, P., and Kaya, O. 2017. Concrete Overlay Performance on Iowa’s Roadways, InTrans Project 15-559. National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • King, D., Roesler, J., and Sen, S. 2016. Emissions-Reducing Benefits of Multi-Functional Photocatalytic Concrete Inlays, 11th International Conference on Concrete Pavements, San Antonio, Texas, August 28–September 1, pp. 72–86.
  • Roesler, J., Chavan, H., King, D., and Brand, A. 2016. Concrete Slab Analyses with Field-Assigned Non-Uniform Support Conditions. International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Vol. 17, No. 7, pp. 578–589.
  • King, D., and Roesler, J. 2016. Surface and Microstructural Properties of Photocatalytic Cements for Pavement Applications, Report No. ICT-16-024. Center for Highway Pavement Preservation, Okemos, MI.
  • Sen, S., King, D., and Roesler, J. 2015. Structural and Environmental Benefits of Concrete Inlays for Pavement Preservation. Airfield and Highway Pavements 2015, pp. 697–707.
  • King, D., and Roesler, J. 2014. Backcalculation Procedure for Bonded Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Pavement. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2457, No. 1, pp. 72–79.
  • King, D., and Roesler, J. 2014. Structural Performance of Ultra-Thin Whitetopping on Illinois Roadways and Parking Lots, Report No. FHWA-ICT-14-018. Illinois Center for Transportation, Rantoul, IL.

Professional Affiliations, Honors, and Awards


  • American Concrete Pavement Association
    • Member, Design and Engineering Committee, 2018–present
    • Member and Cofounder, Emerging Leaders Group, 2016–present
  • American Concrete Institute
    • Vice President, Iowa State University Student Chapter, 2020–present
    • Member, Iowa Chapter, 2015–present
  • University Transportation Center Outstanding Student of the Year, Center for Highway Pavement Preservation, 2015
  • Harvey H. Hagge Scholarship, Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association, 2014
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013–2014

Paul Lundgren

TITLE

Database Administrator, SUDAS

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

paullund@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, SUDAS

About Paul

Paul Lundgren is a Database Administrator for the Institute for Transportation, assigned to work on the Iowa Public Works Service Bureau project. He has a background in computer science and communications, and has worked in the fields of data analysis, report development, quality assurance, and customer service. He is a native Iowan who has lived in Ames since 2000, and is in his second position with the University, having worked as a computer technician in the Veterinary Medicine building.

Education


  • AAS, Hamilton College, Mason City, IA
  • BA, Communications, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
  • AA, Liberal Arts, Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, IA

Professional Certifications


  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate – Database Development, SQL 2016
  • Foundation-Level QA Certification, American Software Testing Qualifications Board
  • CompTIA A+ Desktop Technician

Software & Hardware Experience


  • ETL development using SQL Server, SSIS, and Alteryx in a combined Salesforce and MSSQL environment (3 years)
  • Writing queries for SQL Server, including Teradata, Microsoft, and Oracle platforms (5 years)
  • Developing reports in SSRS, MS Report Builder, Power BI, and InfoMaker report development software (5 years)
  • MS Office Suite 2007–2016, expert level user of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (10+ years)
  • Microsoft Windows 95-Windows 10 troubleshooting (10+ years)
  • MS SharePoint for documentation and forms creation (2 years)
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional (5 years)
  • XML and HTML development (2 years)

Professional Experience


Wells Fargo, Data Consultant (April 2020–present)

  • Writes complex SQL queries in Teradata for data analysis and transformation
  • Creates data analysis reports in Microsoft Excel
  • Creates and maintains complex ETL processes with SSIS to move data between servers so as to measure key performance indicators for marketing campaigns

 Intoxalock, Data Analyst/Report Developer (September 2019–April 2020)

  • Writes complex MSSQL queries for data analysis and transformation
  • Creates data analysis reports in SSRS and Microsoft Power BI
  • Advises the engineering department on historical patterns of system performances of small-scale mechanical and digital devices

Holmes Murphy & Associates, ETL Developer (November 2018–September 2019)

  • Developed workflow packages for insurance benefits department
  • Created new database structures in MSSQL for ETL processing
  • Wrote complex MSSQL queries for data analysis and transformation
  • Assembled ETL workflows in Alteryx for transferring data between MSSQL and Salesforce.
  • Performed quality assurance testing in Salesforce front-end environment

Amerigroup Iowa, Business Information Analyst (June 2017–November 2018)

  • Worked in the finance department to produce Medicaid reporting and data analysis
  • Produced advanced, ad-hoc T-SQL queries for reporting purposes
  • Assembled data within Excel, using pivot tables, charts, and trend lines
  • Provided low- to high-level analysis of financial trends for the finance director and company executives

Wells Fargo Financial Services, QA Analyst (April 2017–June 2017)

  • Worked within a 15-member team with a high degree of collaboration to ensure accurate deployment of internal content management system
  • Examined source and targeted files in HTML and XML to verify accuracy of translation to new content system
  • Used Access and Excel for error tracking and reporting

Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Support Specialist II (January 2015–February 2017)

  • Implemented new Oracle PL/SQL-based browser management and billing software system for animals cared for in the ISU’s Lab Animal Resources department
  • Created custom business reports for end users using Oracle SQL Developer 3 and 4, within SSRS
  • Generated ad-hoc SQL queries as needed for multiple lines of business and analytic requirements
  • Created new views and stored procedures for new system requirements
  • Made periodic recommendations to the director of Lab Animal Resources and the Attending Veterinarian on technology issues and system performance
  • Collaborated with database administrators to implement database upgrades in coordination with the software vendors
  • Gathered end-user requirements, documented them, and either passed them on to the software vendor or developed and implemented them myself
  • Performed basic and advanced modifications to the program’s layouts in XML, per requirements gathered from end users
  • Conducted in-house training and continuing education sessions for university personnel, including veterinarians, bookkeeping personnel, and animal caretakers
  • Served as CorePlus Coordinator for the Lab Animal Resources department, maintaining and troubleshooting department computers and peripherals

Xpanxion, LLC, Ames, IA, QA Tester (February 2013–December 2014)

  • Executed test cases and test plans including executing SQL scripts in testing environment.
  • Performed comparison queries between T-SQL and PL/SQL
  • Verified and prioritized defects and determining their severity
  • Updated knowledge base for client project using various tools, including MS Excel, Microsoft Test Manager, Google Drive, and SharePoint

Senior Forms Developer

  • Developed PDF reports using Sybase SQL Server
  • Delivered QA products under deadline
  • Used web-based business analysis software to report to team leaders and other project members

Ortho Computer Systems, Ames, IA, Software Support Representative (May 2000–January 2013)

  • Provided phone support of multiple proprietary software programs across a wide variety of platforms
  • Conducted over 150 trainings for customers’ office staff on the implementation of proprietary software both on-site and company sponsored training environments
  • Trained new employees on software
  • Managed software issues across departments

Katherine Madson

TITLE

Faculty Affiliate, CMAT

PHONE

515-294-1133

EMAIL

kmadson@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CMAT

About Katherine

Dr. Katherine Madson is a Faculty Affiliate with the Construction Management and Technology Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Madson’s research is at the intersection of decision-making under uncertainty and asset management. The general objective of her research is to ensure that, during the front-end planning process, assets are strategically designed and constructed to reach the end of the design life and are not retired early due to poor planning, realized uncertainty, or general lack of resilience.

Education


  • PhD, Construction Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2020
  • MEng, Civil Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2018
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2013

Professional Experience


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, July 2020–present
  • Site Engineer I/II, Great Lakes Dredge and Docks Company, 2014–2016

Selected Publications


  • Miner, N, Karabulut-Ilgu, A., Shane, J., and Madson, K. 2021. Engineers as Effective Team Players: Evaluating Teamwork Skills in a Flipped Project Management for Civil Engineers Course. , 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference.
  • Madson, K., Franz, B., Molenaar, K., and Kremer, G. 2020. Strategic Development of Flexible Manufacturing Facilities. Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management.
  • Molenaar, K., Franz, B., Kremer, G., Bastias, A., Madson, K., and Potter, L. 2019. MLS-01 Flexible Facility Development for Manufacturing & Life Sciences, Construction Industry Institute Research Report.
  • Madson, K., and Franz, B. 2019. Real Options Approach for Flexible Building Delivery. , 2020 Construction Research Congress.
  • Madson, K., and Franz, B. 2019. Scenario-Based Flexible Manufacturing Facility Designs: Understanding Lifecycle Value. , EPOC 2019.
  • Gregory, S., Bastias, A., Molenaar, K., Madson, K., Franz, B., Potter, L, and Kremer, G. 2019. Assessing the Influence of Manufacturing Flexibility on Facility Construction Costs. , 2019 IISE Annual Conference.
  • Potter, L., Raje, S., Oftedal, J. Kremer, G., Bastias, A., Molenaar, K., Madson, K., and Franz, B. 2019. Developing a TRIZ-based Design for Flexibility Tool for Manufacturing Facilities. , 2019 IISE Annual Conference.
  • Maslak, K., and Franz, B. 2018. Exploring the Growth of Public-Private Partnerships by Examining Enabling Legislation. , 2018 Construction Research Congress, New Orleans, LA.
  • Maslak K., Franz, B., Molenaar K., and Kremer G. 2018. State-of-the-Practice in the Design and Construction of Flexible Facilities. , 2018 Construction Research Congress, New Orleans, LA.
  • Franz, B., Leicht, R., amd Maslak, K. 2018. Framework for Assessing Resilience in the Communication Networks of AEC Teams. Engineering Project Organization Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1.
  • Maslak, K., Franz, B., and Leicht, R. 2017. Framework for Assessing Resilience in the Communication Networks of AEC Teams. ,15th Engineering Project Organization Conference, Stanford Sierra Camp, CA.

Selected Presentations


  • Madson, K. 2020. Developing a decision tool to select the best flexible facility approach for the manufacturing industry. Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Seminar Series, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (virtual).
  • Madson, K. 2020. Real Options Approach for Flexible Building Delivery. Construction Research Conference, Tempe, AZ, March 8–10.
  • Madson, K. 2019. Scenario-Based Flexible Manufacturing Facility Designs: Understanding Lifecycle Value. Engineering Project Organization Conference, Vail, CO, June 10–13.
  • Madson, K. 2019. Strategic Development of Flexible Manufacturing Facilities. Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers 2019 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, May 18–21.
  • Madson, K. 2019. Assessing the Influence of Manufacturing Flexibility on Facility Construction Costs. Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers 2019 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, May 18–21.
  • Madson, K. 2018. Exploring the Growth of Public-Private Partnerships by Examining Enabling Legislation. Construction Research Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2–4.
  • Madson, K. 2018. State-of-the-Practice in the Design and Construction of Flexible Facilities. Construction Research Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2–4.

Jonathan Wood

TITLE

Faculty Affiliate, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

jwood2@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Jonathan

Dr. Jonathan Wood is a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Transportation Research and Education and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. His areas of research expertise include geometric design, transportation safety, crash testing and vehicle safety, real-world impacts of driver assistance technologies (DAT) and other vehicle technologies, connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle systems, statistical methods for improving the accuracy of estimates and reducing biases, public transportation, and human factors (e.g., driver, cyclist, and pedestrian behavior).

Before joining Iowa State University, he worked as a researcher/data scientist for Ford Motor Company from 2017-2020. He also worked as a part-time assistant professor at Wayne State University from 2019-2020, and as a full-time assistant professor at South Dakota State University from 2016-2017.

Education


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2016
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2012
  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2011

Professional Experience


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, July 2020–present
  • Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, 2019–2020
  • Traffic Commissioner, City of Livonia, Michigan, 2019–2020
  • Safety and Sustainability Data Scientist, Global Data Insights & Analytics, Ford Motor Company, 2017–2020
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, South Dakota State University, 2016–2017

Selected Research Projects


  • Designing and Implementing Maintainable Pedestrian Safety Countermeasures, MDOT
  • Feasibility of Implementing Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) Signals for Improving Safety and Mobility in Nevada, Nevada DOT
  • Evaluating Relationships Between Perception-Reaction Times, Emergency Deceleration Rates, and Crash Outcomes using Naturalistic Driving Data, Mountain Plains Consortium (MPC) and South Dakota State University (SDSU)

Selected Journal Publications


  • Wood, J. S., and Zhang, S. 2021. Evaluating Relationships between Perception-Reaction Times, Emergency Deceleration Rates, and Crash Outcomes using Naturalistic Driving Data. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2675, pp. 213
  • Wood, J. S., and Zhang, S. 2018. Identification and Calculation of Horizontal Curves for Low-Volume Roadways Using Smartphone Sensors. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2672, No. 39, pp. 1–10.
  • Butsick, A. J., Wood, J. S., and Jovanis, P. P. 2017. Using Network Screening Methods to Determine Locations with Specific Safety Issues: A Design Consistency Case Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, Vol. 106, pp. 223–233.
  • Wood, J. S., and Donnell, E. T. 2017. Causal Inference Framework for Generalizable Safety Effect Estimates. Accident Analysis & Prevention, Vol. 104, pp. 74–87.
  • Shaaban, K., Wood, J. S., and Gayah, V. 2017. Investigating Driver Behavior at Two-Way Stop Sign Intersections in Qatar. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2663, pp. 109–116.
  • Wood, J. S., and Donnell, E. T. 2017. Stopping Sight Distance and Available Sight Distance: New Model and Comparison Using Reliability Theory. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2638, pp. 1–9.
  • Yu, Z., Wood, J. S., and Gayah, V. 2017. Using Survival Models to Estimate Bus Travel Times and Associated Uncertainties. Transportation Research Part C, 74, pp. 366–382.
  • Donnell, E. T., Wood, J. S., Himes, S., and Torbic, D. 2016. Use of Side Friction in Horizontal Curve Design: A Margin of Safety Assessment. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2588, pp. 61–70.
  • Wood, J. S., Donnell, E. T., and Farris, C. 2016. A Method to Account for and Model Underreporting in Crash Frequency Research. Accident Analysis & Prevention, Vol. 95, pp. 57–66.
  • Wood, J. S., Donnell, E. T., and Porter, R. J. 2015. Comparison of Safety Effect Estimates Obtained from Empirical Bayes Before–After Study, Propensity Scores-Potential Outcomes Framework, and Regression Model with Cross-Sectional Data. Accident Analysis & Prevention, Vol. 75, pp. 144–154.
  • Wood, J. S., and Porter, R. J. 2013. Safety Impacts of Design Exceptions on Non‐Freeway Segments. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2358, pp. 29–37.
  • Porter, R. J., and Wood, J. S. 2013. Exploring the Endogeneity of Macroscopic Speed Parameters: Empirical Study During Low Volume Conditions in Construction Work Zones. Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research, Vol. 5, No. 1.

Patents


  • Systematically Analyze Roadway Safety Problems and Simulate Interventions using Connected Vehicle and Other Innovative Datasets. US, Germany, and China Patents. (Patent Pending).
  • Insurance Management System. US, Germany, and China Patents. (Patent Pending).

Selected Professional Affiliations and Service


  • Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Member, TRB Standing Committee on Statistical Methods (ABJ80)
  • Panel Member, NCHRP 22-49: The Effect of Vehicle Mix on Crash Frequency and Crash Severity
  • Panel Member, NCHRP 22-45: Informing the Selection of Countermeasures by Evaluating, Analyzing, and Diagnosing Contributing Factors that Lead to Crashes

Mohamed Yamany

TITLE

Postdoctoral Research Associate, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

myamany@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Mohamed

Mohamed Yamany is housed at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research on transportation projects associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education, particularly those related to infrastructure asset management.

Shari Butterfield

TITLE

Administrative Event Coordinator, LTAP

PHONE

515-294-1292

EMAIL

sharib@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, Iowa LTAP

About Shari

Ms. Butterfield is the administrative event coordinator for the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program. Shari provides event coordination as well as administrative support to the program. The administrative event coordinator provides support to the LTAP staff with the coordination of events and workshops in the delivery of transportation training and outreach efforts to local agency officials.

Aditya Raj

TITLE

Senior Systems Analyst, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

aditya3@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Aditya

Aditya Raj is housed at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research on transportation projects associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education.

Education


  • MS in Information Systems, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2016
  • BE in Computer Science, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, India, 2012

Professional Experience


  • Senior Systems Analyst, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2019–present
  • Cloud Support Engineer (Big Data), Amazon Web Services, Seattle, WA, 2016–2019
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2014–2016
  • Supply Chain Engineer Professional, CO-OP, IBM Austin, TX, 2014

Selected Work Experience


Senior Systems Analyst, InTrans, Iowa State University

  • Manage on prem Cloudera based HPC
  • Designed and implemented ad hoc query and visualization framework based on Presto, Hive and Superset
  • Leading the effort to migrate to cloud services
  • Manage multiple projects/teams using Jira and Bitbucket
  • Design and deploy data ingestion and storage process for traffic data
  • Designed architecture for ML projects based on AWS

Cloud Support Engineer at Amazon

  • Provide technical support to a wide range of external customers as they build high-demand applications on top of AWS services like EMR, Kinesis, DynamoDB, Athena, Data Pipeline and Glue
  • Apply advanced troubleshooting techniques to provide unique solutions to AWS customers
  • Work directly with AWS architects to help reproduce and resolve customer issues
  • Drive customer communication during critical events
  • Conduct training sessions for new hires for AWS services
  • Supporting IEM (Infrastructure Event Management) events for AWS customers

Technical Skills


  • Big Data Technologies: Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Presto, Pig, Kafka, Sqoop, NiFi, JupyterHub
  • Operating Systems: Linux, Aix, Windows, MacOS
  • Databases: MongoDB, HBase, DynamoDB, Redshift, Big Query, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MS Access
  • Web Technologies: HTML, JavaScript, PHP, CSS
  • Programming Languages: Python, PySpark, Perl, Shell, Java, Pig

Darla Weeks

TITLE

Secretary, InTrans

PHONE

515-294-4983

EMAIL

dweeks@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans

About Darla

Darla Weeks is responsible for all administrative operations at the Institute for Transportation. She supervises front-office student employees, sets up meetings, coordinates food for gatherings, and orders and stocks supplies. Darla also coordinates travel, manages all parking permits and building access keys and fobs, and handles all mail and shipping for InTrans staff. 

Alireza Sassani

TITLE

Postdoctoral Research Associate, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

asassani@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Alireza

Alireza Sassani is a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education. He has more than 14 years of experience in urban and transportation infrastructure engineering with a diverse research background that covers various aspects of infrastructure systems. His current research focuses on transportation asset management, intelligent transportation systems, and connected and automated vehicles. Sassani’s research aims to develop integrated infrastructure systems that support the vision of smart cities.

Education


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Guilan, Iran

Professional Experience


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Transportation Research and Education, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University

Selected Publications


  • Sassani, A., Arabzadeh, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., Taylor, P. C., and Nahvi, A. 2019. Polyurethane-Carbon Microfiber Composite Coating for Electrical Heating of Concrete Pavement Surfaces. Heliyon, Vol. 5, No. 8.
  • Arabzadeh, A., Notani, M., Kazemianzadeh, A., Nahvi, A., Sassani, A., and Ceylan, H. 2019. Electrically Conductive Asphalt Concrete: An Alternative for Automating the Winter Maintenance Operations of Transportation Infrastructure. Journal of Composites Part B: Engineering, 173.
  • Arabzadeh, A., Sassani, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., and Taylor, P. C. 2019. Comparison between cement paste and asphalt mastic modified by carbonaceous materials: Electrical and thermal properties. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 213, pp. 121–130.
  • Nahvi, A., Sadoughi, M., Arabzadeh, A., Sassani, A., Kim, S., Ceylan, H., and Hu, C. 2019. Multi-objective Bayesian Optimization of Superhydrophobic Coatings on Asphalt Concrete Surfaces. Journal of Computational Design and Engineering.
  • Sassani, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Arabzadeh, A., Sadati, S. M. S., Gopalakrishnan, K., and Taylor, P. C. 2018. Carbon Fiber-based Electrically Conductive Concrete for Salt-free Deicing of Pavements. Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 203, pp. 799–809.
  • Sadati, S. M. S., Cetin, K. S., Ceylan, H., Sassani, A., and Kim, S. 2018. Energy and Thermal Performance Evaluation of an Electrified Snow Removal System at Airports Using Numerical Modeling and Field Measurements. Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol. 43, pp. 238–250.
  • Arabzadeh, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Sassani, A., Gopalakrishnan, K., and Mina, M. 2018. Electrically-conductive asphalt mastic: temperature dependence and heating efficiency. Materials and Design, Vol. 157, pp. 303–313.
  • Sassani, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., Taylor, P. C. and Arabzadeh, A. 2018. Development of Carbon Fiber-modified Electrically Conductive Concrete for Implementation in Des Moines International Airport. Case Studies in Construction Materials, Vol. 8, pp. 277–291.
  • Nahvi, A., Sadati, S. M. S., Cetin, K., Ceylan, H., Sassani, A., and Kim, S. 2018. Towards Resilient Infrastructure Systems for Winter Weather Events: Integrated Stochastic Economic Evaluation of Electrically Conductive Heated Airfield Pavements. Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol. 41, pp. 195–204.
  • Sassani, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Arabzadeh, A., Gopalakrishnan, K, and Taylor, P. C. 2018. Designing and Proportioning Electrically Conductive Concrete for Des Moines International Airport Heated Pavement System. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference, Washington DC, No. 18-00623.
  • Sassani, A., Arabzadeh, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Taylor, P. C., and Mina, M. 2018. Evaluation of Different Laboratory Techniques for Measurement of Electrical Resistivity of Portland Cement Concrete. , 13th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Berlin, Germany.
  • Sassani, A., Arabzadeh, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Taylor, P. C., and Mina, M. 2018. Determining the Electrical Resistivity of Hardened Concrete Using Different Specimen Geometry Factors, Electrode Configurations, and Electric Currents. , 9th International DUT-Workshop on Research and Innovations for Design of Sustainable and Durable Concrete Pavements, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Sassani, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., Arabzadeh, A., and Taylor, P. C. 2017. Influence of Mix Design Variables on Engineering Properties of Carbon Fiber-Modified Electrically Conductive Concrete. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 152, pp. 168–181.
  • Arabzadeh, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., Sassani, A., Sundararajan, S., and Taylor, P. C. 2017. Superhydrophobic Coatings on Portland Cement Concrete Surfaces. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 141, pp. 393–401.
  • Sassani, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., Arabzadeh, A., and Taylor, P. C. 2017. Factorial Study on Electrically Conductive Concrete Mix Design for Heated Pavement Systems. , Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference, Washington DC, No. 17-05347.
  • Abdualla, H., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Mina, M., Gopalakrishnan, K., Sassani, A., Taylor, P. C., and Cetin, K. S. 2017. Configuration of Electrodes for Electrically Conductive Concrete Heated Pavement. , ASCE International Conference on Highway Pavements and Airfield Technology, pp. 1–9.
  • Arabzadeh, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., and Sassani, A., Sundararajan, S., and Taylor, P. C. 2017. Influence of Deicing Salts on the Water-Repellency of Portland Cement Concrete Coated with Polytetrafluoroethylene and Polyetheretherketone. , ASCE International Conference on Highway Pavements and Airfield Technology, pp. 217–227.
  • Arabzadeh, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., and Sassani, A. 2016. Superhydrophobic Coatings on Asphalt Concrete Surfaces: Toward Smart Solutions for Winter Pavement Maintenance. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2551, pp. 10–17.
  • Ceylan, H., Arabzadeh, A., Sassani, A., Kim, S., and Gopalakrishnan, K. 2016. Innovative Nano-engineered Asphalt Concrete for Ice and Snow Controls in Pavement Systems. , 6th Eurasphalt and Eurobitume (E&E) Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Arabzadeh, A., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Gopalakrishnan, K., and Sassani, A. 2016. Fabrication of Polytetrafluoroethylene-Coated Asphalt Concrete Biomimetic Surfaces: A Nanomaterials-Based Pavement Winter Maintenance Approach. , ASCE International Conference of Transportation Development, Houston, Texas, pp. 54–64.
  • Sassani, A., Turanli, , Emwas, A. H., and Meral, C. 2014. The Alumino-Silicate Chain Structure of C-S-H Phase in High Volume Volcanic Natural Pozzolan-Portland Cement Blended Systems. Proc., 34th Annual Cement and Concrete Science Conference, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
  • Meral, C., Sassani, A., and Pasaoglu, O. 2014. Environmental and Thermal Performance of a Typical Concrete Based External Wall System. , 2014 Advances in Civil Engineering (ACE) Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Sassani, A., Turanli, L., Emwas, A. H., and Meral, C. 2014. Mechanical Performance, Durability and Aluminosilicate Chain Structure of High Volume Zeolitic Natural Pozzolan – Portland Cement Based Systems. , International Conference on the Occurrence, Properties, and Utilization of Natural Zeolites, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Zabel, V., Deeb, M., Sassani, A., Dragos, K. A., Meixedo, A., Bonifácio, C., Kamezi Amiri, A., Schommer, S., and Makisha, N. 2013. “System Identification, Model Updating and Simulation” in Model Validation and Simulation II, Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Konstruktiven Ingenieurbau, Bauhaus University-Weimar.
  • Arabani, M., Mirabdolazimi, S. M., and Sasani, A. R. 2010. The Effect of Waste Tire Thread Mesh on the Dynamic Behavior of Asphalt Mixtures. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 1060–1068.

Honors and Awards


  • Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Teaching Award, Iowa State University, April 2017
  • Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University Graduate College, Iowa State University, November 2016
  • Outstanding Student of the Year Award for Excellence in Research, Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation, June 2016
  • Research Scholarship of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), Ankara, Turkey, September 2013
  • European Union’s Erasmus Mundus IP Scholarship, “Model Validation and Simulation: System Identification,” Bauhaus University-Weimar, Germany, May 2013
  • Thesis Research Scholarship of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, January 2013

Roy Sturgill

TITLE

Construction Engineer, CMAT

PHONE

515-294-3933

EMAIL

sturgill@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CMAT, CTRE

About Roy

Dr. Roy Sturgill is an accomplished researcher and has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on over a dozen research projects totaling over $1,500,000 (inclusive of both state and national funding). Before coming to ISU, he worked as a research engineer at the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky in their Construction Engineering and Project Management Program and as an engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, working in construction management and in highway design conducting constructability reviews.

Dr. Sturgill is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Construction Management, friend to the Information Systems in Construction Management Sub-committee, friend to the Standing Committee on Project Delivery Methods, and Committee Research Chair of the Standing Committee on Utilities. He is a licensed professional engineer in both Kentucky and Iowa and has held previous sustainability-related credentials (LEED GA and GreenRoads STP).

Education


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Master of Science in Engineering, Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering and Project Management, December 2004
    • Graduate Certificates: Engineering Education, Preparing the Future Professoriate
  • University of Kentucky– Lexington, Kentucky
    • PhD in Civil Engineering, Fall 2018
    • Masters of Business Administration, August 2003
    • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Minor: Mathematics, May 2003
    • Graduate Certificates: Applied Statistics

Professional Experience


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, July 2019–present
  • Research Engineer, Kentucky Transportation Center, University of Kentucky, October 2012–June 2019
  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky, January 2013–June 2013
  • Adjunct Instructor, Civil Engineering Technology Program, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, January 2012–2014
  • Engineer, Division of Highway Design, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, October 2012–October 2013
  • Engineer, Division of Construction, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, January 2007–October 2012
  • Professional Engineer, Kentucky and Iowa

Selected Research Projects


  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Development, Implementation, and Tracking of Preventative Safety Metrics.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). SPR 19-568. July 2018–present, $173,000.
  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Developing a Preventative Safety Scoring Mechanism for Employee Safety and Health.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). SPR 18-56-5. December 2017–June 2018, $28,000.
  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “E-Tickets and Advanced Technologies for Efficient Construction Inspection.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-18-554. July 2017–June 2019. $165,000.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Redefining Construction As-Built Plans to Meet Current KYTC Needs.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-18-555. July 2017–June 2019. $150,000.
  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Development and Execution of Utility Coordination Guidance and Training in Kentucky.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). March 2017–present. $80,000.
  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Usage of Mobile IT Devices in the Field for Design, Construction and Asset Management.” National Cooperative Highway Research Program, $40,000.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Effective Construction Project
  • Staffing Strategies for Transportation Agencies.” National Academies, NCHRP 20-107. June 2016–present. $499,613.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Implications of State Department of Transportation (DOTs) Participation in the One Call Process as an Underground Facility Operator.” National Academies, NCHRP 20-07, Task 389. January 2017–present. $99,653.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Streamlined project closeout for construction at KYTC.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-16-515. July 2015–June 2017. $165,000.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Differential bridge end settlement evaluation and prediction.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-14-486. July 2013–June 2016. $225,000.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Methods to expedite and streamline utility relocations for road projects Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-13-460. July 2012–June 2014. $120,000.

Selected Publications


  • Newcomer, C., Withrow, J., Sturgill, R. E., and Dadi, G. B. 2018. Towards an Automated Asphalt Paving Construction Inspection Operations. Proceedings of CIB W78-2018, Chicago, IL.
  • Al-Shabbani, Z., Sturgill, R. E., and Dadi, G. B. 2018. Developing a Pre-Task Safety Briefing Tool for Kentucky Maintenance Personnel. Proceedings of the 2018 Transportation Research Record, In-press.
  • Wang, X., Sturgill, Jr., R. E., Al-Shabbani, Z., Kirk, A., and Dadi, G. B. 2017. Estimating Earthwork Volume Calculations Using Unmanned Aerial Systems. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2630, pp. 1–8.
  • Zhang, J., Taylor, T. R. B., Sturgill Jr., R. E., Dadi, G. B., and Stamatiadis, N. 2017. Predictive Risk Modeling of Differential Bridge Settlement. Proceedings of the Lean and Computing in Construction Congress. Heraklion, Crete, Greece, July 4–
  • Sturgill, Jr., R. E., Wang, X., and Dadi, G. B. 2017. Mobile Information Technology Device Strategies, Uses, and Needs Across State Transportation Agencies. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 8–
  • Zhang, J., Taylor, T. R. B., Sturgill, Jr., R. E., and Dadi, G. B. 2017. Comprehensive Statistical Method for Predicting Differential Settlement at Bridge Ends. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 8–
  • Wang, X., Sturgill, Jr., R. E., and Dadi, G. B. 2016. Analyzing Use and Policies for Mobile Information Technology Devices within State Departments of Transportation. Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Sturgill, R., Taylor, T., and Li, Y. 2017. Effective Utility Coordination: Application of Research and Current Practices, Synthesis Report 506. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Washington, DC.
  • Taylor, T., Sturgill, R., and Li, Y. 2017. Practices for Establishing Contract Completion Dates for Highway Project, Synthesis Report 502. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Washington, DC.
  • Wang, X., Al-Shabbani, Z., Sturgill, R., Kirk, A., and Dadi, G. 2017. Estimating Earthwork Volumes Through Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2630.
  • Li, Y., Taylor, T., Dadi, G. and Sturgill, R. 2017. Modeling Long-Term Highway Staffing Requirements for State Transportation Agencies. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2612.
  • Zhai, D., Shan, Y., Sturgill, R., Taylor, T., and Goodrum, P. 2016. Using Parametric Modeling to Estimate Highway Construction Contract Time. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2573.
  • Dadi, G., Sturgill, R., and Wang, X. 2016. Uses of Mobile Information Technology Devices in the Field for Design, Construction, and Asset Management, Synthesis Report 491. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Washington, DC.

Professional Affiliations, Honors, and Service


  • Committee Research Chair, Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee on Utilities (AFB 70), 2019–present
  • Member, Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee on Construction Management (AFH 10), 2013–present
  • Friend, Transportation Research Board, Information Technology in Construction Subcommittee (AFH 10(1)), 2013–present
  • Friend, Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee on Project Delivery Methods (AFH 15), 2016–present
  • Member, ASCE, UESI Utility Coordination Committee, 2018–present
  • Member, AASHTO Technical Subcommittees (Utility Mapping, GIS & SUE; Utility Project Scoping & Coordination; Utility Accommodation & Safety), 2017–present
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