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Engineering Professor Keeping Busy with Six Grant Projects

January 27, 2003

One sign of a successful university research program is the number and quality of funded projects undertaken by the faculty members. The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering ranks high on that scale. The projects being conducted by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Anand Puppala are an outstanding example.

Dr. Puppala is currently working on six projects involving a wide variety of topics: compost as a pavement shoulder cover materials, chemical treatments to prevent sulfate-induced soil heaving, instruments to measure soil stresses and heaves, and new formulas to calculate water runoff on modern roadways. Three projects are being funded by the National Science Foundation, two by the Texas Department of Transportation, and one by the City of Arlington. The research grants have a total value of more than $1,400,000.

Puppala isn’t doing all the work by himself; he is just the principal or co-principal investigator of the projects. Other civil and environmental engineering professors involved with the projects are Ali Abolmaali, Ernest Crosby, Laureano Hoyos, Syed Qasim and Max Spindler. “I certainly couldn’t conduct all these studies by myself,” said Puppala. “These projects require technical expertise from more than one civil engineering specialty; that’s why it’s so important to have the availability of the variety of talented engineering faculty colleagues in different areas. Additionally, graduate students and research assistants assist us and acquire the skills and practical knowledge they need to develop and conduct future engineering projects in commercial organizations following graduation.”

Some of the projects Puppala and his associates are conducting run for two to four years. The researchers will be adding other projects as time allows.