NCAT Staff

Dr. Randy West P.E.Dr. Randy West P.E.
Director

Ph.D. University of Florida
MSCE Auburn University
BCE Auburn University
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Work Experience:
1988 - 1995 Florida Dept. of Transportation;
1995 - 2003 APAC, Inc.;
2003 - present NCAT
Areas of Special Interest:
Asphalt mix design, specifications and test methods, quality assurance, automated testing

 

Dr. Raymond (Buzz) Powell, P.E.Dr. Raymond (Buzz) Powell, P.E.
Assistant Director/Test Track Manager

Ph.D Auburn University
MSCE Auburn University
BCE Auburn University
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Work Experience:
1986 - 1997 Alabama Dept. of Transportation;
1997 - 1999 REGIS Engineering Solutions, Inc.;
1999 - present NCAT
Areas of Special Interest: Accelerated pavement testing, pavement performance measurement, pavement construction

 

Dr. Michael HeitzmanDr. Michael Heitzman
Assistant Director/Senior Researcher

Ph.D. Iowa State University
MS University of Missouri-Rolla
BSCE University of Missouri-Rolla
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Work Experience:
1981 - 1998 Federal Highway Administration;
1998 - 2007 Iowa Dept. of Transportation;
2007 - present NCAT
Areas of Special Interest: Mechanistic pavement design, porous pavements, friction

 

Dr. Ray BrownDr. Ray Brown
Director Emeritus

Ph.D. Texas A&M University
MSCE Mississippi State University
BSCE Mississippi State University
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Work Experience :
1969 - 1987 & 2007 - 2011-Corps of Engineers
1987 - 2007 & 2011 - present - NCAT
Areas of Special Interest: Asphalt materials, mix design, and construction

 

Mr. Donald WatsonMr. Donald Watson
Instructional Manager, Manager of the Southeast Superpave Center

BCET, Southern Polytechnic State University
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Work Experience:
1971 - 2001 Georgia Dept. of Transportation;
2001 - present NCAT
Areas of Special Interest: Pavement forensics, construction, specifications

 

Mr. Jason Moore, P.E.Mr. Jason Moore, P.E.
NCAT Lab Manager

MCE Auburn University
BCE Auburn University
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Work Experience:
2005 - present NCAT
Areas of Special Interest: HMA testing and asphalt mix design, bond strength testing

 

Dr. Nam TranDr. Nam Tran
Lead Researcher

Ph.D. University of Arkansas
MSCE University of Arkansas
BSCE Hanoi Construction University
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Work Experience:
1996 - 2000 Kumagai Gumi Co., LTD.;
2003 - 2007 University of Arkansas;
2007 - present NCAT
Areas of Special Interest: Advanced asphalt materials characterization, pavement thermodynamics, interlayer bond strength

 

Dr. Richard WillisDr. Richard Willis
Lead Researcher

Ph.D. Auburn University
MCE Auburn University
BCE Auburn University
B.S. in Physical Sciences Freed-Hardeman University
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Work Experience:
2004 - 2005 - Auburn University Highway Research Center
2006 - Present NCAT
Areas of Special Interest: Recycled materials in asphalt mixtures (RAP, GTR, shingles), pavement preservation, carbon footprint of asphalt pavements, fatigue characterization of asphalt mixtures, and accelerated pavement testing

 

Dr. Carolina RodeznoDr. Carolina Rodezno
Lead Researcher

Ph.D. Arizona State University
M.S.E. Arizona State University
B.S.C.E. Catholic University of Nicaragua
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Work Experience:
2001-2003 Gutierrez Lau Association
2003-2011 Arizona State University
2011-Present NCAT

Areas of special interest
: Advanced asphalt materials characterization, asphalt rubber, thermal properties of paving materials, and repeated load deformation testing.
 

Dr. Mary RobbinsDr. Mary Robbins
Assistant Research Professor

Ph.D. Auburn University
M.S.C.E. Auburn University
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Work Experience:
2006-2007 Ohio Department of Transportation
2007-2012 Auburn University
2012-Present NCAT

Areas of special interest
: Pavement preservation, pavement management and rehabilitation, and accelerated pavement testing