Feb 05, 2015
CESTiCC Researchers Presiding and Presenting at TRB Annual Meeting
The Transportation Research Board annual meeting is one of the most important and widely attended venues for transportation researchers and practitioners. This January, nearly 12,000 transportation professionals from all over the world gathered to share innovative research and discuss new ideas culminating in over 5,000 program presentations at the 94th TRB annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. CESTiCC highly valued this opportunity to exchange research information and share technology transfer stories.
CESTiCC researchers hosted over 20 presentations covering a wide range of topics in environmentally sustainable transportation infrastructure. For example, Dr. Jenny Liu’s presentation on Performance of Paving Fabric Reinforced Asphalt Mixture and Dr. Sheng Zhao’s presentation on Quantitative Characterization of Binder Blending: How Much RAP/RAS Binder is Mobilized during Mixing?, summarized findings on applying environmentally conscious materials and effective solutions to infrastructure needs. Dr. Liv Haselbach discussed Pervious Concrete in Pullman and Carbon Sequestration in Old and New Portland Cement Concrete Pavements from her research efforts on managing stormwater runoff in cold climates and environmental impact assessment. Drs. Xianming Shi and Na Cui highlighted advanced innovations in roadway winter operations in their presentations Effectiveness of Liquid Agricultural Byproducts and Solid Complex Chlorides for Snow and Ice Control, Improved User Experience and Scientific Understanding of Anti-icing and Prewetting for Winter Maintenance in North America, and Fixed Automated Spray Technology: Current Practices and Case Study. Drs. Tom Jobson and Serena Chung’s presentation on Loss of Nitrogen Oxide and Formation of Nitrous Acid in Photoactive Roadway Materials Using a Continuously Stirred Tank Reactor explored their research efforts on assessment of vehicle emissions.
In addition, CESTiCC students had the opportunity to showcase their research at the TRB meeting. UAF Ph.D students Chuang Lin and Lin Li presented on the Development of Innovative Antifreeze Grout Mortar for Anchor Application in Cold Regions, and A Photogrammetry-based Method to Measure Unsaturated Soil Deformation during Triaxle Testing. Lastly, WSU Ph.D students Quinn Landfitt and Gang Xu presented on Coupled Oil Analysis Trending and Life-Cycle Cost Analysis for Vessel Oil Change Interval Decisions, and Environmentally Friendly Mortars with Coal Fly Ashes as Cementitious Binder. Some of the students' papers were recommended for publications in the Transportation Research Record as well.
CESTiCC researchers’ leadership in the field of sustainable transportation engineering was also demonstrated through their active conference participation serving as chairs, organizing committee members, and moderators of various events. On January 11, Dr. Jenny Liu chaired the ASCE Bituminous Materials Committee (BMC) annual meeting in conjunction with the TRB annual meeting. Laura Fay and Dr. Sheng Zhao presided over TRB sessions on The Effects of Weather on Mobility and Roadway Conditionsand Aging of Asphalt Binders. Drs. Xianming Shi and Ning Xie served as the moderators of two technical sessions at the Innovation and Advancement in Transportation Infrastructure Technologies workshop.