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Wood and Ghabchi join MPC faculty at SDSU

Posted: Jul 28, 2016

The newest MPC faculty member at South Dakota State University, is a familiar name. Dr. Jonathan Wood, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was MPC's 2013 Outstanding Student of the Year. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Utah and his PhD in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University (2016). His research interests include methods for improving the accuracy of statistical estimates and reducing biases inherent to observational studies with an emphasis on applications in transportation safety, public transportation, and human factors (e.g., driver, cyclist, and pedestrian behavior); and improving decision-making by engineers, including developing improved guidance and tools that assist engineers in making well-informed decisions that consider the effects and trade-offs to efficiency, safety, reliability, and quality of service of the transportation system.

Dr. Rouzbeh Ghabchi is also an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma and was also a post-doctoral research fellow there. His research interests include pavement engineering, innovative transportation infrastructures' materials, environmentally-friendly pavement technologies, pavement performance and asphalt materials. More specifically, his research areas include characterization and performance enhancement of asphalt mixes containing reclaimed asphalt pavement and recycled asphalt shingles, ground tire rubber, warm mix asphalt, tack coat, modified asphalt binder and asphalt binder-aggregate bonding and stripping mechanisms.

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