|Home Address||5070 Fairview Street|
Burlington, Ontario L7L 0B8
|Street Address||5070 Fairview Street|
|Address Line 2||Unit 301|
|ZIP / Postal Code||L7L 0B8|
|State / Province||Ontario|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||University of Waterloo|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, Major in Chemistry|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||Masters of Applied Science, Civil Engineering|
|Adviser Name||Hassan Baaj|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Adviser Address||200 University Avenue W|
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
|Street Address||200 University Avenue W|
|ZIP / Postal Code||N2L 3G1|
|State / Province||Ontario|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
Ontario has had issues with asphalt cement and hot mix quality recently and this has offered many opportunities for research into asphalt technology. My primary interests in asphalt revolve heavily around different modification techniques. I have spearheaded research looking at the ability of the Double Edge Notched Tension (DENT) Test to evaluate the relationship between polymer modification and fatigue performance. The DENT Test is only specified in Ontario at the moment. This research has involved testing increasing levels of polymer modified asphalts and comparing the asphalt cement performance to fatigue performance using Four Point Bending Beam testing. The data indicates the DENT Test is not sufficient for evaluating the fatigue performance of polymer modified asphalt. This research will also involve using Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy and will assess alternative tests that may be used to evaluate the performance of polymer modified asphalt. This project was awarded a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. My goal is to help the industry develop practical and simple solutions to help improve modified asphalt performance and evaluation.
My Master’s thesis will involve incorporating self-healing materials into asphalt cement in order to improve the self-healing properties in hot mix asphalt. Asphalt cement has an intrinsic ability to heal micro cracks and incorporating materials that have self-healing properties will help to improve an asphalt’s ability to resist failure. This technique may have the potential benefit of improving the lifespan of hot mix asphalts by mitigating crack propagation. My goal is to find materials that can be easily incorporated into asphalt cement which improve the self-healing abilities.
Some of my other interests in asphalt technology involve evaluating the aging of asphalt cement and the introduction of Balanced Mix Designs or performance-based designs in Ontario. Asphalt cement aging is something that has large implications on the long-term performance but may not be evaluated properly in Ontario. The implementation of performance testing on the hot mix will also work to improve many areas of concern currently held by the agency and industry at large. My goal is to learn and share information on these topics so that progress can be made towards improving the evaluation of asphalt cement and hot mix in Ontario.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
As I am currently a part-time student at the University of Waterloo, my primary focus is with my employer Yellowline Asphalt Products Ltd. As the Senior Quality Control and Product Development Coordinator I am responsible for testing and evaluating our production quality. I am certified by the Asphalt Institute’s National Binder Technician Certification program which has helped improve the quality of testing. I am also responsible for the formulations of the products and maintenance of the lab.
In addition to this, I also take part in two industry groups. The first is the Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council’s Technical Working Group. This is a group that is consulted on specification changes by agency as well as discussing industry initiatives to improve quality and be involved in the education of industry members. I am also a member of the Canadian User Producer Group for Asphalt (CUPGA) which is responsible for running several workshops at the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA) annual conference. I have also been a member of CTAA since 2015 and became a member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists in 2018.
|List your academic awards and honors|
My paper entitled “Predicting HMA Fatigue Using the Double Edge Notched Tension Test and Multiple Stress Creep Recovery Test” (co-authors: Peter Mikhailenko and Hassan Baaj) was awarded the 2017 Elaine Thompson Editor’s Award by CTAA. My presentation for same paper was co-awarded the Norman W. McLeod Award as voted on by the conference attendees for Best Technical Presentation.
|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
My interests involve sports. I enjoy hockey to a stereotypically Canadian level. I take advantage of the analytical discussions surrounding sports to learn small things about statistics or cognitive biases. I think these are things that apply to most facets of life and sports happen to be an easy and fun way to learn about these things. My other big fascination is with motorsports. I have been a Formula 1 fan for quite some time because of the incredible level of technology that goes into the cars. I always find it incredibly fascinating the level of detail the engineers put into the cars in order to produce downforce. Formula 1 also uses hybrid engine technology and more recently Formula E, an all-electric racing series, has gotten me very interested in the future of electric cars. The future of cars is potentially electric, and this may also involve fully automated vehicles. Being part of the asphalt industry means keeping tabs on these things.
Keeping with sports, I am an avid golfer and played competitively at one time. There is not as much time to play anymore, but I still like to get out as much as possible. I am also semi-active in playing and recording music. I play the drums and have a friend who plays guitar making it possible for us to play and record music. We have not yet had a chance to play live, but it’s something we would really like to do at some point.
|List your school activities|
As a part-time student I don’t have any school activities to list. My extracurricular activities and association work are typically part of the industry groups. I have spent time demonstrating some PG tests to other students.