Bill Buttlar

Bill Buttlar

Bill Buttlar, Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavement Technology, P.E.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bill Buttlar


Bill Buttlar is the Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavements in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri, where he oversees the Mizzou Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab (MAPIL), funded by members of the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association. He is currently serving as director of the Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation (MCTI), a powerful network of partners including the four University of Missouri campuses, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. 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 300 publications in the area of asphalt materials and pavements and more than 80 invited presentations and keynote lectures. He is leading several regional and national studies on sustainable and resilient transportation infrastructure, including lab and field studies on post-consumer plastic and tire rubber recycling in asphalt pavements. Buttlar is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design and has served twice 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 leads a multi-campus Smart Cities group, funded through the UM system’s Strategic Investment Funds Initiative, established by UM System President Mun Choi. Dr. Buttlar works with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Foundation Board of Directors, where he serves on the Council of Trustees.


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

Technical Focus

Transportation innovation
Smart pavement infrastructure
Sustainable pavements
Hyperloop infrastructure design and health monitoring

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