The Western Regional Superpave Center (WRSC) in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) is one of five centers established by the Federal Highway Administration to promote the implementation of superpave technology. The WRSC is a nationally recognized teaching and research area in the College of Engineering. Federal, state, and corporate sponsors provide funding that employs undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional researchers to complete problem solving research. Research has focused on the laboratory and field evaluation of modified asphalt binders and asphalt mixtures, the water sensitivity of asphalt mixtures, recycled asphalt pavement, warm mix asphalt, mechanistic analysis, pavement instrumentation, pavement performance studies, and rehabilitation and maintenance design procedures.
The Western Regional Superpave Center also assists highway agencies and contractors with new analysis procedures for pavement performance testing. The WRSC Laboratory is fully equipped with the state-of-the-art technologies to evaluate the strength and performance properties of asphalt binders and mixtures and asphalt pavements.
The mission of the WRSC is to provide cost-effective research and development assistance and technical services in the area of:
Materials and Testing
Pavement preservation, rehabilitation and reconstruction
Pavement design and analysis
Recycled asphalt pavement
Warm mix asphalt
Cold mix asphalt
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO
PETER E. SEBAALY, Ph.D., P.E.
ELIE Y. HAJJ, Ph.D.
The Pavements/Materials Engineering Program in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno has a highly active research program leading to graduate studies at the Master (M.S.) and Ph.D. levels. The Program is ranked among the top five programs in the world.
Dr. Peter E. Sebaaly is the Director of the Program and a Professor of Civil Engineering. Drs. Sebaaly and Hajj have over 35 combined years of experience in the areas of pavement materials and design, rehabilitation and management of highway and airport infrastructures, and geotechnical engineering as related to highway construction (www.wrsc.unr.edu, www.arc.unr.edu, http://www.unr.edu/cee/pavements-materials/index.html).
The program conducts research projects in the areas of pavement materials, design, and rehabilitation, and geotechnical engineering. The research projects are sponsored by States Departments of Transportation, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Private Industry. The main thrust of the program is to conduct state-of-the-art research on asphalt materials to improve their long-term durability and their resistance to load stresses, aging, and environmental factors including moisture damage.
The program offers Research Assistantships for bright and hard working civil engineering students meeting the following criteria:
Completed Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from an accredited university.
Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00/4.00 or better.
Take the GRE Exam (no minimum score is required for acceptance)
A minimum TOFEL score of 500 paper-based, 213 computer-based, and 79 for internet-based. These requirements are for international students only.
Good written and oral communication skills in the English Language.
Interest in conducting advanced research in the area of Pavements/Materials/Geotechnical engineering.
The Research Assistantship offers the following:
Paid Tuition (about $12000/year)
Paid Health Insurance ($1000/year)
Monthly salary of $1400 - $1800/month
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* Other courses may be substituted due to a lack of availability, upon the advisory committee approval.