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FAA Researcher Wins Prestigious ASCE Transportation and Development Institute Practitioner Award

Dept. of Transportation

Navneet Garg, Ph.D., M.ASCE, of the National Airport Pavement & Materials Research Center (NAPMRC) has been named the recipient of the 2018 ASCE Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) Airfield Pavement Practitioner Award. Dr. Garg is being recognized for his outstanding contribution to advancing the state of practice in airfield pavement analysis and design. With a deep knowledge of pavement design, asphalt pavements, and unbound pavement layers, and as an expert in field instrumentation, he plays a critical part in the current and future research for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the airport pavement field. Dr. Garg will receive the award at the ASCE T&DI International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference in Chicago, IL (July 21-24, 2019).

Some of his major accomplishments include conceptualizing and developing the National Airport Pavement & Materials Research Center (NAPMRC), developing specifications for FAA customized asphalt pavement analyzer (APA), developing a strain gage based sensor system to detect de-lamination/de-bonding in hot mix asphalt (HMA) overlays at high speed exits on airports, leading the U.S. Congress-mandated study on "Operational Life of Airport Pavements," and leading airport pavement instrumentation and testing projects.

Dr. Garg is active in service and leadership of professional societies and international organizations. He is currently the chairman of the ISAP Working Group on Accelerated Pavement Testing and the Heavy Vehicle Simulator International Alliance (HVS-IA). He is a member of the ASCE Airfield Pavement Committee and the TRB committees AFP70 on Aggregates, AFD30 on General and Emerging Pavement Design, and AFS20 on Geotechnical Instrumentation and Modeling. He also is an associate editor of the prestigious International Journal of Pavement Engineering. 

The Airfield Pavement Practitioner Award was established in 2009 to recognize and honor practicing engineers employed in the airfield pavement engineering profession who have demonstrated leadership and/or achievements in airfield pavement projects.

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