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Bill Buttlar Glen Barton Chair of Flexible Pavement Technology

Bill Buttlar is the Glen Barton Chair in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Missouri, where he oversees the Missouri Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab (MAPIL), funded in part by the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association. Between 1996 and 2016, Buttlar served as professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held the title of Narbey Khachaturian Endowed Faculty Scholar and Associate Dean. He has more than 200 publications in the area of asphalt materials and pavements and more than 50 invited presentations and keynote lectures. Buttlar is the chair of RILEM TC-MCD, is an editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT). He is a founding member of City Digital at U+ILabs in Chicago and provides leadership in smart infrastructure initiatives at the center.

Technical Focus

  • Smart Pavement Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Pavements
  • Asphalt Durability


  • BS from Pennsylvania State University, with honors
  • MS from Pennsylvania State University
  • PhD from Pennsylvania State University