Buttlar furthers work to add plastic wastes to asphalt mixtures

Buttlar furthers work to add plastic wastes to asphalt mixtures

Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavements Bill Buttlar in the Mizzou Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab. Plastics are made to last hundreds of years. That’s a problem when you’re talking about bottles, bags and straws discarded after one use. However, for roads that need to support heavy traffic over the course of decades, plastic could [...]
Orton focuses on STEM outreach efforts to inspire next generation

Orton focuses on STEM outreach efforts to inspire next generation

Orton A Mizzou Engineer took time away from her busy academic and research schedule earlier this week to share her expertise on bridges with local middle school students. Sarah Orton, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, addressed about 100 seventh graders at Jefferson Middle School, a STEAM Academy in Columbia. “They were really [...]
Mizzou Engineers study markings states use to direct drivers through work zones

Mizzou Engineers study markings states use to direct drivers through work zones

Mizzou Engineers have wrapped up a comprehensive review of the materials states use to temporarily direct drivers through highway work zones and the various methods they rely on to remove those markings. Brown Henry Brown, a research engineer, along with Praveen Edara, chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering, released their findings in a [...]
CEE alumni mentor students

CEE alumni mentor students

The Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni held its first Student Mentoring Session on Monday, Nov. 8 at Mizzou Engineering. “This is the inaugural mentoring event for civil and environmental engineering (CEE) led by our academy of distinguished alumni (CEADA),” Department Chair Praveen Edara said. “We want to make this event a regular occurrence so […]

Civil Engineer helps MoDOT study New Madrid evacuation routes

Civil Engineer helps MoDOT study New Madrid evacuation routes

Professor Praveen Edara is working with MoDOT to study evacuation plans in New Madrid and surrounding counties. Were a major earthquake to rock the New Madrid fault line in southeast Missouri, it’s likely people would be displaced from their homes. But where would they go and how would they get there? That’s a question a [...]
Researchers study effectiveness of rumble strips in work zones

Researchers study effectiveness of rumble strips in work zones

Mizzou Engineers are helping state transportation officials investigate the effectiveness of temporary rumble strips in work zones. Rumble strips are safety features placed over the road to alert motorists by causing an audible vibration transmitted from vehicle wheels. The Missouri Department of Transportation uses them ahead of work zones, said Henry Brown, principal investigator of [...]
Meet Praveen Edara

Meet Praveen Edara

Diverging diamond interchanges have been shown to reduce the number of car crashes by more than half and save states millions of dollars in construction costs. But before the first one debuted in 2009, researchers across the country spent years testing them in simulated environments. Meet Praveen Edara, who was among the first to study [...]
Training the next generation transportation workforce

Training the next generation transportation workforce

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) employees will receive more realistic work zone inspection training using virtual reality (VR) thanks to a Mizzou Engineering team. Praveen Edara, chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is leading the project, which received funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Accelerated Market Readiness Program earlier this year. This two-year $460,238 grant [...]
Constructing ‘smart’ roads

Constructing ‘smart’ roads

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Thousands of miles of roads and bridges continue to age across Missouri, and policy makers are looking for answers to the crumbling infrastructure. In his lab at the University of Missouri, Prof. Bill Buttlar, the College of Engineering’s Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavements in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, […]

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