Bill Buttlar

Bill Buttlar

Bill Buttlar, Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavements, P.E.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bill Buttlar

Bill Buttlar is the Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavements 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 300 publications in the area of asphalt materials and pavements and more than 75 invited presentations and keynote lectures. Buttlar is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, and recently served 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, now 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 also provides campus leadership in Hyperloop research and for the pursuit of a multi-university center.  He recently assisted Dean Loboa with the development of a vision for the International Tube Transport Center of Excellence (ITTCE), to be housed at the University of Missouri, as detailed in the Blue Ribbon Panel Report on Hyperloop prepared for The Honorable Elijah Haahr, Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives.


  • 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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