|Home Address||530 Southwest Pkwy. APT (B)|
College Station, Texas 77840
|Street Address||530 Southwest Pkwy. APT (B)|
|ZIP / Postal Code||77840|
|State / Province||Texas|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||Texas A&M University|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.Sc.), University of Technology, 2008. AND Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.Sc.), University of Technology, 2005.|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (Ph.D.)|
|Adviser Name||Amy Epps Martin|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Adviser Address||501A DLEB, 3136 TAMU,|
College Station, Texas 77843
|Street Address||501A DLEB, 3136 TAMU,|
|ZIP / Postal Code||77843|
|State / Province||Texas|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
My interest in Civil Engineering grew during my high school days, and that led me to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology in Baghdad, Iraq. During my 4-year program at the university, I enrolled in many courses and attended several lab activities, which gave me a new perspective on construction materials, particularly Portland cement concrete and asphalt mixtures. After graduation I pursued a Master’s degree specializing in Portland cement concrete, and later worked for 5 years in a construction company specialized in transportation infrastructure (flexible and rigid pavements, and concrete bridges). I was assigned to the concrete bridges division, but also had some limited experience in asphalt pavements. This limited experience triggered my interest towards asphalt pavements.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
Currently, I’m a graduate research assistant at TTI in NCHRP project 9-58 (The Effects of Recycling Agents on Asphalt Mixtures with High RAS and RAP Binder Ratios). The project is focused on maximizing the use of RAP and RAS in asphalt mixtures through using recycling agents (rejuvenators), through a coordinated program of laboratory and field experiments. The final report will propose revisions to several relevant AASHTO specifications and test methods, and we will develop training and workshop materials through NCHRP. My contributions include doing literature review, conducting extensive binder and mixture testing, performing data analysis, and dissemination of results through reports, papers and presentations. During this project, I helped in developing a method to determine the optimum recycling agent dosage per specific climate in the U.S. that balances the mixture performance in terms of cracking and rutting resistance. I also developed a method to determine the maximum allowable RAP/RAS content in asphalt mixtures to satisfy climate and traffic requirements per any DOT specifications, with and without the use of recycling agents. My final contribution through this project was in developing a method to estimate the percentage of available or effective RAP binder in the asphalt mixture (the binder released from the RAP, becomes fluid, and blends with the virgin binder under typical mixing temperatures). Percentage of available or effective RAP binder can be used to adjust the virgin binder content in RAP mixtures to ensure that the mix design optimum binder content is achieved.
|List your academic awards and honors|
Graduate Student Research and Presentation Award from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at Texas A&M University, February 2018
|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
Soccer is my favorite sport, and I play it frequently with my colleagues and friends. I also like cooking, specifically sweets, and sometimes I compete with my friends when it comes to cooking. Finally, I like traveling across the U.S., mostly driving in long distance trips, not flying! I visited (driving from College Station, TX) the states of Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida.
|List your school activities|
* President of the Civil Materials Student Organization (CMSO) at Texas A&M University for the academic year 2017– 2018 ─ In CMSO, we organize seminars and field visits in the area of infrastructure materials, with an emphasis on rigid and flexible pavements, among other educational activities. We also organize entertainment programs for the students such as hosting barbeque nights and game nights.