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CREATEs Management Staff

Yusuf Mehta, Ph.D.

Yusuf Mehta, Ph.D.

CREATEs Director,

Dr. Yusuf Mehta has extensive experience working on several research projects with New Jersey, Florida, Wisconsin and Rhode Island departments of transportations, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Aviation Administration, and Department of Defense. Since coming to Rowan, Dr. Mehta, has received approximately $9.1 million dollars of external funding in pavements and materials. Dr. Mehta is also the recipient of the Aviation Research Award (2012) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), New Jersey DOT Research Implementation Award (2012) Project Title: High RAP in HMA High Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in Hot Mix Asphalt project funded by New Jersey Department of Transportation was one of the sixteen projects out of 120 that were selected for the 2012 High Value Research Award by the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

Ayman Ali, Ph.D.

Ayman Ali, Ph.D.

CREATEs Manager,

Ayman W. Ali, Ph.D., serves as the manager of the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATEs) at Rowan University. Dr. Ali has served as a collaborative principal investigator on multiple projects funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). He also served and successfully completed, as a leading researcher, projects funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The scope of his projects have covered a wide range of research topics including, but were not limited to, characterizing the performance of pavement materials or additives (both asphalt binder and mixtures), investigating new technologies for use as compaction quality control methods, developing specifications for using these new technologies, determining the life expectancy of various HMA overlay mixes, developing computer software tools for generating specific mechanistic empirical pavement design guideline inputs for the state of Ohio, determining the limitation of warm mix asphalt produced using foamed asphalt binders (WMA-FA), and characterizing the laboratory and field performance of WMA-FA mixtures.

Kristine Allouchery

Kristine Allouchery

CREATEs Administrative Assistant,

Kristine Allouchery is the Administrative Assistant for CREATES and supports the department with all issues of procurement, maintaining grants and executing our many workshops and tours. Kristine also owns and operates an organic farm and aquaponics greenhouse in Franklinville, NJ and is an avid supporter of renewable resourcing and raising the population of bees in the Mid-Atlantic.

CREATEs Research Faculty

Parth Bhavsar, Ph.D.

Parth Bhavsar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Parth Bhavsar, is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. His research interests include Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), Connected, Autonomous, and connected-automated Vehicle Technologies, Transportation Data Analytics, and Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs). Dr. Bhavsar has published in peer reviewed journals such as the Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technology, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and the Environment and Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Dr. Bhavsar was previously a postdoctoral fellow in a connected vehicle research program in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University, where he worked on several research projects.

Dr. Bhavsar received his Ph.D. degree in 2013 and his M.S. degree in 2006 from Clemson University. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on development of an evaluation framework for connected vehicle technology (CVT) supported alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). As a doctoral research assistant, he wrote a training manual for the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) contract managers in which he reviewed the existing contract management processes of different state DOTs, and researched their best practices. As a research assistant, he also worked on a SCDOT project that focused on benefit cost analysis of the accelerated incident clearance. Dr. Bhavsar also has three years of experience in the private sector in developing transportation engineering and planning solutions, specifically traffic micro-simulation projects. He also has extensive experience in integrating traffic micro simulators with other emissions and vehicle modeling simulators.

Dr. Bhavsar is leading a development of a prototype to equip existing vehicle fleet of New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) with communication and data collection platform. This project is in collaboration with New Jersey Institute of Technology and sponsored by NJDOT. Dr. Bhavsar is also working on NSF Grants (1) IUSE: Algae Grows the Future (1610164) (Senior Personnel) and (2) IUSE/PFE: RED: Revolutionizing Engineering Diversity Transforming Engineering Diversity (REDTED) (1623053) (Senior Personnel).

Gilson R. Lomboy, D.Eng., Ph.D.

Gilson R. Lomboy, D.Eng., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Gilson R. Lomboy, D.Eng., Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rowan University. Dr. Lomboy specializes in cement-based materials, focusing on hydration, rheology, durability, sustainable materials, nano-modification and characterization. Dr. Lomboy study and develop high performance concrete (HPC). In a project on durability, concrete permeability was reduced to determine the required permeability and strength such that air entrainment is no longer needed for resistance to cyclic freezing and thawing. Another research was the development of self-consolidating concrete with sufficient green strength and shape stability for extrusion without mechanical vibration. He had developed HPC for rapid concrete repair by using limestone fines, fly ash and silica fume (by products), to transform a low value materials into a high performance product while prolonging infrastructure life, improving performance and materials sustainability. In a another research, he studied the mitigation of shrinkage cracking of HPC bridge decks by using admixtures such as shrinkage reducing and compensating admixtures, and superabsorbent polymers for internal curing.

CREATEs Research Associates & Staff

Caitlin Purdy

Technician & Laboratory Manager,

Caitlin Purdy is the Lab Manger for Rowan University Construction Materials Laboratory and a Research Assistant at the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATEs). She has obtained a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering and has worked in construction material engineering research for 3 years. Caitlin is responsible for the majority of laboratory testing conducted prior to pavement construction to ensure material compliance with AASHTO and State DOT standards. This includes sample preparation, test execution, data analysis, and presentation of results. She is also responsible for maintaining and calibrating equipment used in material testing. Her responsibilities also include training students and other employees.

Gourab Saha, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate,

Dr. Gourab Saha is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering System (CREATEs) at Rowan University, USA. He received both Doctoral and Master of Technology in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology, India. His major research interests include pavement materials, pavement design and evaluation, application of fracture mechanics in asphalt materials, pavement rehabilitation, experimental design, statistical analysis, and finite element modeling. In the last five years, he has co-authored over twenty international journals and conferences. He is associated with review activities in reputed international journals and conferences. Also, he has served as assistant professor in Lovely Professional University, India. For the last several years, he has been mentoring / advising several undergraduate and graduate students.

Ian Sennstrom

Ian Sennstrom

Laboratory Coordinator,

Ian Sennstrom is the Laboratory Coordinator for the Rowan University Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rowan University. Ian is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Heavy Vehicle Simulator, as well as equipment used in the laboratory.

CREATEs Students

Andraé Anthony Francois

Graduate Teaching Fellow

Andraé Francois is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Rowan University. He began attending the institution in the fall 2015 semester and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering. The focus of his research has been on flexible pavement analysis and evaluation. He has also been a laboratory instructor for an undergraduate level Civil Engineering Materials course. Andraé has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University. He is a student member of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Andraé is presently conducting research on the performance of various types of base layers used in the state of Rhode Island.

Dan Offenbacker

Graduate Research Fellow

Dan Offenbacker is a Graduate Research Fellow at Rowan University. He began pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering in Spring Semester 2016. The focus of his research has been on methods for analyzing, evaluating, and rehabilitating pavement systems, statistical and empirical analyses, and finite element modeling (FEM). Currently, Dan is conducting research to evaluate the performance of geogrids in airfield pavements for the Department of Defense. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rowan University and is a student member of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and Economics Honor Society.

Ahmed Saidi

Ahmed Saidi

Graduate Fellow

Ahmed Saidi is a Graduate Fellow at Rowan University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Geosciences Engineering from the faculty of Sciences of Tunis Tunisia in 2016. Ahmed held a four-month internship at the Civil and Environmental Engineering of Rowan University from February to June 2016. Throughout his internship at Rowan University, he worked on Laser Analysis of aggregates for real-time property identification. Ahmed is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

Research Projects

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Accelerated Pavement Testing

Our facilities include a fully instrumented accelerated pavement testing facility (RUAPTF) and a Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS) that allows for applying accelerated loading that simulates 20 years of traffic in as few as 3 to 6 months.

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Construction Materials Laboratory

The Rowan University Construction Materials Laboratory (RUCOM) is based at Rowan University’s South Jersey Technology Park. It is currently AASHTO accredited for asphalt binder and hot mix asphalt. The laboratory devotes its time to research projects and industrial projects.

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