|Home Address||3334 Peppermill Dr|
West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
|Street Address||3334 Peppermill Dr|
|ZIP / Postal Code||47906|
|State / Province||Indiana|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||Purdue University|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||B.S. in Civil Engineering, Catholic University of Honduras, 2014; M.S. in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2016|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||Ph.D. in Civil Engineering|
|Adviser Name||John Haddock|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Adviser Address||550 Stadium Mall Drive|
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2051
|Street Address||550 Stadium Mall Drive|
|Address Line 2||HAMP G227|
|ZIP / Postal Code||47907-2051|
|State / Province||Indiana|
|Adviser Phone||(765) 496-3996|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
Contributing toward the innovation of asphalt materials and technology has become my lifetime career interest. From a very young age, I knew I would pursue a civil engineering degree, but it was the field of asphalt materials and technology that I found most rewarding. I was always eager to learn about this field of study and therefore a research career was very appealing to me. Being a PhD student at a top-ten graduate civil engineering program, the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, has encouraged me to become a competent professional in the field of asphalt materials. I am a committed graduate research assistant, making the best of my research opportunities and professional experiences. I have collaborated in multiple research projects related to asphalt materials. My research studies have been published as technical papers and reports, delivered as presentations at different venues and conferences, and filed as a patent application for commercial purposes. I have been involved in the asphalt pavements community by helping organize workshops and contributing to peer-review journals as an author and reviewer. At the same time, I share my knowledge with others by lecturing in undergraduate and graduate courses and providing instruction in asphalt materials laboratory sessions.
Currently, my research work is mostly focused toward my PhD dissertation, which is entitled as: “Environmentally Tuning Asphalt Pavements Using Phase Change Materials.” Phase change materials (PCM) are substances that absorb and release thermal energy during the process of melting and freezing. As a result, the use of PCM can provide asphalt materials with thermal energy storage properties to reduce the impacts of pavement temperature fluctuations during seasonal and diurnal cycles. By modifying asphalt materials with PCM, it should be possible to “tune” them to the environment, thereby mitigating or eliminating the damages due to their exposure to temperature fluctuations. In addition, this ability of PCM can be used to reduce ice formation and snow accumulation on the surface of asphalt materials or to mitigate urban heat island effects. I chose this research topic for my PhD dissertation because I believe that through engineering modifications asphalt pavement materials can be modified to construct more resilient and safer roadways.
All my career experiences have given me a great deal of professional satisfaction and success. I have developed a thirst for knowledge and inspiration to become a leading researcher in the field of asphalt materials. My next career goals are to become a professor in a research institution, continue to contribute to the field of asphalt material, and become an active member of leading associations such as the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP). It is why I strongly believe that becoming a recipient of the Dr. David R. Jones IV Scholarship awarded by AMAP will promote my career. I would be pleased to be selected for this award among many other well-qualified individuals. The honor and support will allow me to keep striving for excellence during my graduate studies, face greater challenges, and obtain better opportunities for my professional growth.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
1. Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, August 2014 – present: Conducting laboratory and field experimental work towards a dissertation project and other research projects. Contributing to the writing of technical papers and reports, and research proposals. Graduate research assistant position is funded through research projects sponsor by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). My master’s thesis consisted of developing a field measurement technique that quantifies asphalt emulsion curing times using electrical resistance measurements. Due to its prospect of commercialization, my master’s thesis was filed as a patent application by the Office of Technology Commercialization at Purdue University. My PhD dissertation is entitled as: “Environmentally Tuning Asphalt Pavements Using Phase Change Materials.”
|List your academic awards and honors|
1. 1st Place Asphalt Mixture Design Competition Sponsored by CRH Materials Americas, Inc., 2019: A member of the Purdue University team who won the inaugural national asphalt mixture design competition. A total of 10 university teams competed to see which team could design the best performing asphalt mixture at the lowest cost. The teams were from universities with national and international reputations in asphalt teaching and research.
|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
I enjoy playing and watching soccer. I am an avid fan of FC Barcelona in Spain and my hometown team Motagua in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Also, I am a fantasy English Premier League (EPL) manager. I manage my fantasy team based on statistics, indicators, cost, etc. However, in the end, my decisions are mostly based on a gut feeling.
|List your school activities|
1. Civil Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Council (CEGSAC), Purdue University, Fall 2014 – present: Active member of CEGSAC at Purdue University. I have served in the professional development and sports committee as Co-Chair. The purpose of CEGSAC is to build communication and camaraderie between students, faculty, alumni, and the administration of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. CEGSAC is committed to communicating the concerns and issues of the civil engineering graduate student body to school administrators.