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SUPERPAVE: State-of-the-Art System for Mix Design and Performance

Dr. Ghazi Al-Khateeb
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Research Scientist
Vice Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering
Jordan University of Science and Technology
P.O. Box 3030
Irbid 22110, Jordan
Tel: 00962-2-720-1000 Ext: 22129 or 22522
Cell: 00962-79-659-9507
Fax: 00962-2-720-1074


Dr. Ghazi Al-Khateeb holds a B.Sc. (Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1991), M.Sc. (Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1994), and Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001), all in Civil Engineering/Transportation. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology since 2006.

Before then, Dr. Al-Khateeb worked in the Pavement Materials and Construction Team at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in McLean, Virginia of the United States of America (USA) as a senior research scientist and on-site technical manager during the time period of 11/2000-09/2006. Dr. Al-Khateeb’s work as a research team member at TFHRC led to many major findings including setting a target and tolerance for the dynamic internal angle of gyration in the Superpave gyratory compactor, the development of a new simplistic model for dynamic modulus predictions of asphalt paving mixtures, presentation of a new distinctive fatigue failure criterion, development of simple quantitative method for identification of failure due to fatigue damage, and development of new rutting and fatigue performance models.

Dr. Al-Khateeb teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and does research in the pavement engineering and materials field that includes: pavements and bituminous materials, dynamic testing and modeling of asphalt binders and mixtures, mechanistic performance analysis of asphalt pavements, constitutive model development, pavement damage and mechanics, Superpave mix design and performance, aging of asphalt pavements, and instrumentation. In the traffic engineering and safety area, Dr. Al-Khateeb’s research covers: traffic safety, driving behavioral issues, road safety measures and strategies, traffic jams and bottlenecks, and pedestrian behaviors.

Dr. Al-Khateeb’s research focuses on the experimental and analytical characterization of the physical properties of asphalt paving mixtures, particularly at intermediate and high temperatures. Dr. Al-Khateeb during his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed new test equipment as a surrogate test device for the Indirect Tensile Test (IDT) machine used in the Superpave. This equipment is the Hollow Cylinder Tester (HCT) used to mechanically test asphalt mixtures in the direct tension mode to obtain fundamental mechanical properties of asphalt paving mixtures at low and intermediate temperatures.

Dr. Al-Khateeb is a member at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT), and Jordan Engineers Association (JEA). Dr. Al-Khateeb also serves as a reviewer for several international indexed and refereed scientific journals and international conferences including: Journal of the AAPT, Journal of the ASCE Geo Frontier, Jordan Journal of Civil Engineering, and the International Conference on Applications of Advanced Technologies in Transportation (AATT).

Dr. Al-Khateeb has received several honor awards for his research and teaching accomplishments. During his undergraduate studies, he was awarded the university and college of engineering honor award for his academic achievements during the time period of 1986-1991. The paper “Effect of Traffic Volume on Air Pollution in Urban Areas: Case Study in Jordan” with his co-authorship was awarded the best technical paper in the 2nd International Conference on Air Pollution, Computational Mechanics, Air Pollution II, in Barcelona, Spain in September 1994.

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