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Programs Overview

  The Pavements and Materials Program at Arizona State University encompasses a multitude of areas such as analysis and design of flexible and rigid pavements, pavement performance and evaluation, pavement maintenance and rehabilitation, characterization of base, subbase and subgrade materials, finite elements methods, asphalt mix design, properties of Portland cement concrete, life-cycle cost analysis, probabilistic methods, viscoelastic and nonlinear behavior of materials, statistical and computer applications in pavement engineering, etc. Pavements and Materials Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that synthesizes knowledge from a wide range of subjects. People who have careers in transportation engineering often study, provide solutions, and implement strategies for the design of roads, highways, airport runways, and continually develop better and more efficient transportation facilities. The pavements and materials faculty is engaged in statewide, national, and international research in these areas, and graduate students typically become involved in these exciting and cutting-edge research projects. The graduate course offerings at ASU reflect these pavements and materials specialty areas, and provide a broad-based yet rigorous graduate student education. The graduate curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in pavements and materials, but remains flexible to meet changing needs within the field. The pavements and materials students enjoy a thriving Arizona economy, highly competitive job market, and typically secure jobs in state or federal government agencies, consulting firms, and academe.

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Ph.D. Research Opportunity

What to study in your Ph.D.?

  • Use rheological, viscoelasticity and soil mechanics tools and theories to
  • improve durability of pavements
  • Design and instrument laboratory and full-scale tests to experiment pavement materials and innovative design concepts
  • Repurpose recycled and waste products for pavement applications
  • Optimize asphalt mixes to improve sustainability of pavements

What does it take to get in the Ph.D. program?

  • Strong academic background to pass admission requirements for grad school
  • Passion for experimenting pavements and materials in the lab and field
  • Some hands-on experience with testing equipment and enthusiasm to learn more

Questions and important dates:

Please contact Associate Professor Hasan Ozer ( to learn more about the Ph.D. program and other opportunities. Submit your package before August 31 for Spring 2020 or January 1 for Fall 2020 for priority consideration.  Apply Now.

What to study in your Ph.D.?

  • Simulate fracture in airfield and highway pavements and other critical infrastructure
  • Develop methods and algorithms using computational mechanics tools such as finite element (FEM), generalized and extended finite element (G/XFEM)
  • Implement algorithms using object-oriented programming languages
  • Implement your algorithms in scientific visualization tools (Paraview, Python, Matlab)

What does it take to get in the Ph.D. program?

  • Strong academic background to pass admission requirements for grad school
  • Ability to advance your mechanics knowledge and apply for pavements
  • Passion for coding and studying computational methods
  • Passion to solve infrastructure challenges using fundamental methods

Where to study and live?

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