Engineering professor wins three top awards
“And the award goes to Dr. Yusuf Mehta,” is heard at Rowan University with increasing frequency. Mehta is an associate professor and graduate coordinator for the Civil and Environmental Engineering program, honored three times in six months for his research, projects and teaching abilities.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recently awarded Mehta with the 2012 Research Implementation Award at its 14th Annual Research Showcase. The award honored Mehta’s project “High RAP in HMA, High Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in Hot Mix Asphalt,” funded by NJDOT. The project was one of just 16 of 120 selected for the 2012 High Value Research Award by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Research Advisory Committee.
The American Institute of Aeronautics (AIAA) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) presented Mehta with the Aviation Research Award, which honored his research study identifying and quantifying the key parameters affecting load transfer efficiency – “The amount of load transferred from one concrete slab to another as the vehicle moves across the joint,” said Mehta.
On April 11, the Institute of Transportation Engineers Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey will honor Mehta with the Louis J. Pignataro Memorial Transportation Engineering Award at the Prospect House in Princeton. Established in memory of Louis J. Pignataro in 2004, the award recognizes a New York/New Jersey area student or faculty member who demonstrates outstanding performance in studies or teaching. To receive the $750 award the student or faculty member must also have contributed, or shown potential to contribute to the Metropolitan section and transportation profession.
“It is truly humbling to be recognized and receive these awards,” said Mehta.
Mehta joined the Rowan University teaching staff in 2001. He currently serves as adviser for the Rowan Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter. The Washington Township resident is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Transportation Research Board, American Society for Engineering Education and Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. Mehta received his B.E. from the University of Mumbai (India) in 1993, M.S. from the University of Oklahoma in 1995 and Ph.D. in 1999 from Pennsylvania State University. The three degrees are in civil engineering.
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