Dr. Said Easa has been honoured with the prestigious IAAM Medal for 2018

Dr. Said Easa has been honoured with the prestigious IAAM Medal for 2018 from the International Association of Advanced Materials (over 50,000 members from 139 countries) for his “notable and outstanding research in the Advanced Materials Science & Technology.”

 

The award (medal and certificate) was presented to Dr. Easa by the IAAM Secretary General, Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, during the award ceremony at the European Advanced Materials Congress on August 21, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden. The Congress included four symposiums, attended by 700 participants. The title of Dr. Easa’s presentation at the congress was “New Superpave Asphalt Mix Design Method Considering Uncertainty.”

 

Superpave (Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements) is a multi-million joint US-Canada project (1988-1993) and is currently the predominantly design method. The method consists of five complex phases: select binder, select trial (aggregate) blends, evaluate trial blends, select design binder content, and check moisture susceptibility. Surprisingly, uncertainty was considered only in Phase 1. Recognizing this gap last year, Dr. Easa has incorporated uncertainty into Phases 2-5 and published four papers (one for each phase) in the Journal of Testing and Evaluation, American Society of Testing and Materials. The research was well received by the pavement design community.