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UTA researcher to use grant to employ better ways to bolster embankments, soil

A UTA civil engineering soil researcher is using multiple-year, $600,000 grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation regional center and the Texas Department of Transportation that will employ geopolymers for soil modification and sustainable cement materials to strengthen highway embankments in the Paris, Texas, district.

Anand Puppala, civil engineering professor and the associate dean for research in University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, is the lead investigator on the project. Funding is from the Louisiana State University-led Transportation Consortium of South-Central States, a University Transportation Center that was created in late 2016 through $300 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funding.