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Puppala appointed to National Academies’ transportation research group

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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The Transportation Research Board, an arm of the National Academies, has named a University of Texas at Arlington professor to its Design and Construction Group.

Anand Puppala, interim associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, will join 16 leading U.S. engineers and scientists who set the agenda on future topics concerning design and construction practices in transportation-related research.

Anand Puppala

In addition, the group, also known as a standing committee, reviews current research, provides information to the transportation community on research priorities and procedures, reviews presentation papers for the TRB annual meeting, encourages appropriate research findings into practice and develops special programs, conferences and workshops.

Standing committee members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms and are considered experts in their field.

The Design and Construction Group oversees eight sections including design, pavement management, structures, asphalt materials, concrete materials, geology and properties of earth materials, and soil mechanics and 57 national committees as well as two task forces.

The Transportation Research Board oversees the group. The mission of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. 

The National Academies consists of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. The organization produces groundbreaking reports that have helped shape sound policies, inform public opinion and advance the pursuit of science, engineering and medicine.

“I look forward to working with the group, which is very important in guiding and shaping research directions in today’s and tomorrow’s transportation related design and construction issues,” said Puppala, who also is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Civil Engineering Department. He has served several years as Chair of the Committee on Soils and Rock Instrumentation of the Transportation Research Board.

College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet said the honor is the first to be bestowed among UT Arlington faculty.

“Very few faculty are invited to serve on the board,” Bardet said. “UT Arlington is extremely honored to have one of its own serve on the board. It shows that UT Arlington is well respected in these circles.”

Most of the board’s members come from transportation authorities and private agencies. Purdue University, Texas A&M University and Colorado School of Mines are the only other academic institutions with representatives serving on the board.

At UT Arlington, Puppala has secured more than $2.2 million in research grants over the last 20 months.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,500 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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