The Pavements and Materials Program at Arizona State University encompasses a multitude of areas such as analysis and design of flexible and rigid pavements, pavement performance and evaluation, pavement maintenance and rehabilitation, characterization of base, subbase and subgrade materials, finite elements methods, asphalt mix design, properties of Portland cement concrete, life-cycle cost analysis, probabilistic methods, viscoelastic and nonlinear behavior of materials, statistical and computer applications in pavement engineering, etc.
Pavements and Materials Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that synthesizes knowledge from a wide range of subjects. People who have careers in transportation engineering often study, provide solutions, and implement strategies for the design of roads, highways, airport runways, and continually develop better and more efficient transportation facilities.
The pavements and materials faculty is engaged in statewide, national, and international research in these areas, and graduate students typically become involved in these exciting and cutting-edge research projects. The graduate course offerings at ASU reflect these pavements and materials specialty areas, and provide a broad-based yet rigorous graduate student education. The graduate curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in pavements and materials, but remains flexible to meet changing needs within the field.
The pavements and materials students enjoy a thriving Arizona economy, highly competitive job market, and typically secure jobs in state or federal government agencies, consulting firms, and academe.