|Home Address||3101 Beau Jardin Dr., APT 307|
Lansing, Michigan 48910
|Street Address||3101 Beau Jardin Dr., APT 307|
|ZIP / Postal Code||48910|
|State / Province||Michigan|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||Michigan State University|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||1.Master of science, IIT Kharagpur, 2015, major:civil engineering; 2. Bachelor of engineering, University of Mumbai, 2013, major: Civil engineering|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||PhD (pavement engineering)|
|Adviser Name||M. Emin Kutay|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Adviser Address||428 S.Shaw lane, room number 3546 (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)|
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
|Street Address||428 S.Shaw lane, room number 3546 (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)|
|Address Line 2||Michigan State University|
|ZIP / Postal Code||48824|
|State / Province||Michigan|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
My interest in asphalt pavements developed due to the pavement engineering related course that I took during my undergraduate program. That inspired me to pursue masters program specializing in pavements. My Masters thesis advisor has worked extensively on modified asphalts and its application to enhancing pavement life and performance. Hence, from the onset of my masters program, I started to learn in depth about asphalt chemistry and rheology and how it directly effects the asphalt pavement performance.
So my masters thesis topic was related to evaluation of aging phenomenon in asphalt pavements using asphaltene as performance indicator. Asphalt aging is a significant problem affecting pavement performance. I developed asphaltene aging indices, by extracting asphaltene component from different asphalt binders (virgin, polymer and rubber modified binders) and developed predictive models by correlating it to actual asphalt mixture pavement performance. From the lab testing program, I observed that modified asphalts are aging resistant than the virgin asphalts and yield longer asphalt pavement life and efficient performance. I became very much excited with these results and decided to continue my PhD in asphalt pavement technology.
During my PhD, I was introduced to various pavement preservation techniques that act as smart treatment methodologies to extend the existing pavement life of road network. Chip seal is one of the most popularly adopted pavement preservation techniques in the US. Hence, as part of two funded projects from Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan Department of Environmental (MDEQ), I worked extensively on performance evaluation and innovative design methods for chip seals using polymer modified emulsions and rubber and polymer modified asphalt binders (hot asphalts). From my comprehensive lab testing and evaluation program, it was found that modified asphalt binders actually result in better performing chip seal pavements. Furthermore, I also worked on developing performance-based chip seal pavement design guidelines for the State of Michigan. Also, my experience includes working on a devulcanized rubber modified hot mix asphalt pavement project. The laboratory and field performance evaluation concluded that rubberized asphalt pavements yield very good results for the Michigan climatic conditions as well.
I have been and always will be interested in asphalt technology and I am planning to work in this area after my graduation. I strongly believe that modified asphalts is the way to go, for stronger and better performing asphalt pavements. This would in turn increase the service life of the vast road network that is present in the US. Increase in the service life and performance of the road network will yield direct and positive results for our economy.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
I worked as a Pavement engineering intern at SME, a civil engineering consulting company in Detroit area, in the summer of 2018. We did extensive pavement projects with county road commissions and interstate highway projects with Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The details about my experience are as followed:
During my PhD, my experience also includes working with pavement projects with Ingham County road commission in the city of East Lansing, MI:
|List your academic awards and honors|
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
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|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
I like to travel and meet new people and learn about new cultures. At Michigan State University, we have a very diverse student population, coming from several countries and diverse cultures. There are many international student events that I attend, such as “MSU Coffee hour” which is typically organized by the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) of MSU. This is a social meet and greet event that takes place almost every Friday during the semesters, where we get to meet people from different countries and cultures and understand about them in detail. I like to attend these events, learn about different cultures. I believe it makes us more knowledgeable and broaden our outlook. This in turn helps in our roles in professional lives, while making important decisions and being inclusive in the professional teams that we work with, in daily life.
This interest is also reflected in my professional life. I like to attend the big conferences like TRB (Transportation Research Board), where I get to meet professionals across the globe, to learn about the different engineering and policy related practices adopted by different states as well as different countries. I believe this broadens our knowledge especially related to practical applications of the innovations, thus bringing real change in the lives of the people through advancing technology.
|List your school activities|
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT: As a Graduate Research Assistant, I have been involved and significantly contributed to several pavement research projects in collaboration with Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Ingham County Road Commission (ICRC). Below is the list of research projects that I have worked on:
RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS (total 24 research articles):
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT: