The interdisciplinary areas of expertise required to successfully meet the research, education and technology transfer objectives associated with our theme include risk and reliability analysis, structural analysis, materials engineering, transportation system operations and alternative transportation infrastructure financing. MATC will work with the leading faculty members from multiple academic departments of the consortium universities. These academicians will partner with staff from the state transportation agencies and members of the commercial freight industry; engineers from the partner organizations will add comprehensive knowledge to minimize the risk to the critical infrastructure systems of the region (and, by extension, of the nation). This collaboration is established to foster an intellectual climate and physical environment capable of supporting the increasing need to improve safety and reduce risk on the multi-modal transportation system

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2014

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Alternative Funding Mechanisms for State Transportation Systems in Predominantly Rural States, John E. Anderson and Eric Thompson

2013

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Evaluation of J-turn Intersection Design Performance in Missouri, Final Report, Praveen Edara Ph.D., P.E., PTOE; Carlos Sun Ph.D., P.E., JD; and Sawyer Breslow

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Calibration of Work Zone Impact Analysis Software for Missouri, Praveen Edara Ph.D., P.E., PTOE; Carlos Sun Ph.D., P.E., JD; and Zhongyuan Zhu

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Investigation of Alternative Work Zone Merging Sign Configurations, Praveen Edara Ph.D., P.E., PTOE; Zhongyuan Zhu; and Carlos Sun Ph.D., P.E., JD

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Investigation of Synergistic Effects of Warm Mix Asphalt and High Fractionated Reclaimed Asphalt for Safe, Environmentally Sustainable Highway, Hosin David Lee Ph.D., P.E. and Taha Ahmed MSc, E.I.

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Development of a Guide for Prioritization of Railway Bridges for Repair and Replacement, Anna Maria Rakoczy and Andrzej S. Nowak

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Towards Autonomous Vehicles, Chris Schwarz Ph.D., Geb Thomas Ph.D., Kory Nelson B.S, Michael McCrary B.S., Nicholas Schlarmann, and Matthew Powell

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Calibration of the Highway Safety Manual for Missouri, Carlos Sun Ph.D., P.E., JD; Henry Brown MSCE, P.E.; Praveen Edara Ph.D., P.E.; Boris Carlos; and Kyuongmin Andrew Nam

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New Highway Accident Location Manual for Missouri, Carlos Sun Ph.D., P.E., JD; Praveen Edara Ph.D., P.E., PTOE; and Henry Brown M.S., P.E.

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Development of a Field Test Method for Total Suspended Solids Analysis, Tian Zhang Ph.D., P.E.; John Stansbury Ph.D.; and Jessica Branigan

2012

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Calibration of Microsimulation Models for Multimodal Freight Networks, Justice Appiah Ph.D., P.E.; Bhaven Naik; and Scott Sorensen

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Concrete Surface with Nano-Particle Additives for Improved Wearing Resistance to Increasing Truck Traffic, Genda Chen Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE; Dongming Yan Ph.D.; Chenglin Wu Ph.D.; Nicholas Leventis Ph.D; Shruti Mahadik Ph.D.; and Zhibin Lin Ph.D

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Pilot Study on Rugged Fiber Optic Brillouin Sensors for Large-Strain Measurements to Ensure the Safety of Transportation Structures, Genda Chen Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE; Zhi Zhou Ph.D.; Hai Xiao Ph.D.; and Ying Huang Ph.D

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Effects of Geometric Design Features on Truck Crashes on Limited-Access Highways, Sundanda Dissanayake Ph.D., P.E. and Niranga Amarasingha M.S.

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Characteristics and Contributory Causes Related to Large Truck Crashes - Phase II, Sundanda Dissanayake Ph.D., P.E. and Siddhartha Kotikalapudi

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Improving Safety of the Surface Transportation System by Addressing the Issues of Vulnerable Road Users: Case of the Motorcyclists, Sundanda Dissanayake Ph.D., P.E. and Mohammad Saad B. Shaheed

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Phase I Development of an Aesthetic, Precast Concrete Bridge Rail, Ronald K. Faller Ph.D., P.E.; Scott K. Rosenbaugh; Robert W. Bielenberg M.S.C.E., E.I.T.; Dean L. Sicking Ph.D., P.E.; and John D. Reid Ph.D.

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Evaluation of Large Truck Crashes at Horizontal Curves on Two-Lane Rural Highways in Kansas, Eric J. Fitzsimmons Ph.D.; Steven Shruck Ph.D., P.E.; and Tomas E. Lindheimer

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Onsite Use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement Materials and Geocells to Reconstruct Pavements Damaged by Heavy Trucks, Jie Han Ph.D., P.E.; Bhagaban Acharya; Jitendra K. Thakur; and Robert Parsons Ph.D., P.E.

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Use of High-Volume Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) for Asphalt Pavement Rehabilitation Due to Increased Highway Truck Traffic from Freight Transportation, Mustaque Hossain, Haritha Y. Musty, and Nasim Sabahfer

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Truck Safety at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, Aemal Khattak and Miao Gao

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Safety Improvements at Highway-Railroad Crossing for Pedestrians and Bicyclists and the Assessment of Long- Term Effects of Centerline Curbing, Aemal Khattak and Zheng Luo

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Investigation of Factors Associated with Truck Crash Severity in Nebraska, Aemal Khattak, Zheng Luo M.S, and Mia Gao

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Development of a Methodology for Assessment of Crash Costs at Highway- Rail Grade Crossings in Nebraska, Aemal Khattak and Eric Thompson

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Impact of Truck Loading on Design and Analysis of Asphaltic Pavement Structures- Phase III, Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D., Hoki Ban Ph.D., and Soohyok Im

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Implementation of Warm-Mix Asphalt Mixtures in Nebraska Pavements, Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D., Jun Zhang, and Hoki Ban Ph.D.

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LED Traffic Signal Replacement Schedules: Facilitating Smooth Freight Flows, Suzanna Long Ph.D., Ruwen Qin Ph.D., Abhijit Gosavi Ph.D., C. H. Wu Ph.D, Tom Ryan P.E., and Casey Noll

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The U.S.-Canada Border Effect: Smaller Than Previously Thought and Becoming Smaller, Miwa Matsuo D.Des. and Hirokazu Ishise Ph.D.

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A Preliminary Appraisal of the Safety and Operational Effects on the Regional Transportation System Caused by New Rail- Truck Intermodal Facilities, Thomas E. Mullinazzi Ph.D., P.E., L.S.; Steven D. Schrock Ph.D., P.E.; Eric J. Fitzsimmons Ph.D.; and Robert A. Rescot

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Earmarked Revenues and Spending Volatility: The Case of Highway Finance, Phuong Nguyen-Hoang Ph.D. and William Duncombe Ph.D.

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Development of System Reliability Models for Railway Bridges, Andrzej S. Nowak Ph.D. and Anna Maria Rakoczy Ph.D.

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Monitoring the Effects of Knickpoint Erosion on Bridge Pier and Abutment Structural Damage Due to Scour, Thanos Papanicolaou, David M. Admiraal, Christopher Wilson, and Clark W. Kephart

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Monitoring the Effects of Knickpoint Erosion on Bridge Pier and Abutment Structural Damage Due to Scour, Thanos Papanicolaou Ph.D., David M. Admiraal, Christopher Wilson Ph.D., and University of Iowa

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Use of Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) Sensors for Performing Automated Bridge Pier Structural Damage Detection and Scour Monitoring, A.N. Thanos Papnicolaou Ph.D. and Achilleas Tsakiris

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Determining the Stresses in Steel Railroad-Track Rails Due to Freight Movements Using Non-Contact Laser-Speckle, Robert Peterman Ph.D., P.E.; Rob Murphy; and Weixin Zhao Ph.D.

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Improving Freight Fire Safety: Experiment Testing and Computer Modeling to Further Development of Mist-Controlling Additives for Fire Mitigation, Albert Ratner Ph.D. and University of Iowa

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Feasibility of Using Cellular Telephone Data to Determine the Truckshed of Intermodal Facilities, Steven D. Schrock Ph.D., P.E.; Thomas Mulinazzi Ph.D., P.E., L.S.; and Ming-Heng Wang Ph.D.

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Offset Right-Turn Lanes for Improved Intersection Sight Distance Final Report, Karen Schurr P.E. and Timothy J. Foss Jr.

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Assessing the Structural, Driver and Economic Impacts of Traffic Pole Mounted Wind Power Generator and Solar Panel Hybrid System, Anuj Sharma Ph.D., Justice Appiah Ph.D., and Scott K. Rosenbaugh

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IntelliDrive Technology based Yellow Onset Decision Assistance System for Trucks, Anuj Sharma Ph.D., Nathaniel Burnett, and Sepideh S. Aria Ph.D.

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Assessing the Risk of Crash for Trucks on Onset Yellow, Anuj Sharma Ph.D. and Nathaniel P. Burnett

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SPEED LIMIT RECOMMENDATION IN VICINITY OF SIGNALIZED, HIGH-SPEED INTERSECTION, Anuj Sharma Ph.D., Laurence Rilett Ph.D., Zifeng Wu M.S., and Shefang Wang

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Effect of Freeway Level of Service and Driver Education on Truck Driver Stress - Phase 1, Anuj Sharma Ph.D., Senem Velipasalar Ph.D., Sanjay Singh M.D., Dave Engel B.S., and Sunil Gyawali Ph.D.

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Cable Median Barrier Failure Analysis and Prevention, Dean L. Sicking Ph.D. and Cody S Stolle Ph.D., E.I.T.

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Feasibility of Integrating Natural and Constructed Wetlands in Roadway Drainage System Design, John Stansbury Ph.D., Massom Moussavi Ph.D., and Tian Zhang Ph.D.

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Transportation Impacts of the Chicago River Closure to Prevent an Asian Carp Infestation, Aaron Strong Ph.D., Nikhil Sikka Ph.D., and Lindsay Salvatore Ph.D.

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The Use of Cell Phone Network Data in Traffic Data Collection and Long-Haul Truckshed (Geographic Extent) Tracking, Ming-Heng Wang Ph.D.; Steven D. Schrock Ph.D., P.E.; Nate Vander Broek; and Thomas Mulinazzi Ph.D., P.E., L.S.

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Initial Study and Verification of a Distributed Fiber Optic Corrosion Monitoring System for Transportation Structures, Hai Xiao Ph.D.; Genda Chen Ph.D., P.E., FASCE; Zhan Gao Ph.D.; Ying Huang Ph.D; and Fujian Tang Ph.D.

2011

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Evaluation of NDOR’s Actuated Advance Warning Systems, Justice Appiah Ph.D., P.E.; Laurence Rilett Ph.D., P.E.; and Zifeng Wu

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A Framework for the Nationwide Multimode Transportation Demand Analysis, Hojong Baik Ph.D., Yuepeng Cui, and Tao Li

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Crash Analysis of I-64 Closure in St. Louis County, Ghulam H. Bham Ph.D. and Uday R.R Manepalli

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Missouri Work Zone Capacity: Results of Field Data Analysis, Ghulam Bham Ph.D. and S. Hadi Khazraee

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Effectiveness Study on Temporary Pavement Marking Removals Methods, Dr. Yong Cho, Dr. Jae-Ho Pyeon, and Koudous Kabassi

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Impact of Truck Loading on Design and Analysis of Asphaltic Pavement Structures- Phase II, Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D., Hoki Ban Ph.D., and Soohyok Im Ph.D.

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Performance Measures of Warm Asphalt Mixtures for Safe and Reliable Freight Transportation Phase II: Evaluation of Friction and Raveling Characteristics of Warm Mix Asphalt Mixtures with Anti-stripping Agents, Hosin David Lee Ph.D., P.E. and Yongjoo Thomas Kim Ph.D.

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Modeling Truck Speed in the Upstream of One-lane Two-way Highway Work Zones: Implications on Reducing Truck-Related Crashes in Work Zones, Yeu Li Ph.D.; Yong Bai Ph.D., P.E.; Steven D. Schrock Ph.D., P.E.; and Thomas E. Mulinazzi Ph.D., P.E.

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Developing Deterioration Models for Nebraska Bridges, George Morcous Ph.D. and Afshin Hatami Ph.D.

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Investigating RFID for Linear Asset Management, Judy A. Perkins Ph.D., P.E.; Erick C. Jones Ph.D., P.E., CSSBB; and Judith L. Mwakalonge Ph.D., E.I.T

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Assessing the Damage Potential in Pretensioned Bridges Caused by Increased Truck Loads Due to Freight Moments (Phase II), Robert J. Peterman Ph.D., P.E. and Steven F. Hammerschmidt M.S.C.E.

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Impact of Large 0.7 Inch Strand on NU-I Girders, Maher K. Tadros Ph.D., P.E. and George Morcous Ph.D.

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MODEL FOR PREDICTING THE IMPACT UPON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESULTING FROM HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, Eric Thompson, Kanou Comlavi, and Mallory Dimmit

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Improving the Freight Transportation Roadway System during Snow Events: A Performance Evaluation of Deicing Chemicals, Christopher Y. Tuan Ph.D. and Barbara M. Gerbino-Bevins

2010

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Estimating Highway Pavement Damage Costs Attributed to Truck Traffic, Yong Bai, Steven D. Schrock, Thomas E. Mulinazzi, Wenhua Hou, Chunxiao Liu, and Umar Firman

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Safety Climate of Commercial Vehicle Operation, Linda Ng Boyle Ph.D. and Jeffrey Short

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Infrared Thermography-Driven Flaw Detection and Evaluation of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements, Yong K. Cho Ph.D., Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D., and Thaddaeus Bode

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Characteristics and Contributory Causes Related to Large Truck Crashes (Phase I) -Fatal Crashes, Sundanda Dissanayake Ph.D., P.E.

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Safety Investigation and Guidance for Work-Zone Devices in Freight Transportation Systems Subjected to Passenger Car and Truck Impacts with New Crash Standards, Ronald K. Faller Ph.D., P.E.; Dean L. Sicking Ph.D., P.E.; Karla A. Lechtenberg M.S.C.E., E.I.T.; James C. Holloway M.S.C.E., E.I.T.; and Jennifer D. Schmidt

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Computational Design Tool for Bridge Hydrodynamic Loading in Inundated Flows of Midwest Rivers, Junke Guo Ph.D., David M. Admiraal Ph.D., and Tian C. Zhang Ph.D.

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Extending Pavement Life Using Thin Surfacing To Counter the Effect of Increased Truck Traffic Due to Freight Movements on Highways, Mustaque Hossain Ph.D., P.E.; Vikranth S. Manepalli; Shaidur Rahman; and Haritha Y. Musty

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Extending Asphalt Pavement Life Using Thin Whitetopping, Mustaque Hossain and Sharmin Sultana

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Investigating RFID for Roadside Identification Involving Freight Commercial Vehicle Operators (CVO), Erick C. Jones Ph.D. and Judy Perkins Ph.D.

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Impact of Truck Loading on Design and Analysis of Asphaltic Pavement Structures, Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D., Hokie Ban Ph.D., and Soohyok Im Ph.D.

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Layer Moduli of Nebraska Pavements for the New Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG), Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D., Soohyok Im, and Hoki Ban Ph.D.

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Performance Measures of Warm Asphalt Mixtures for Safe and Reliable Freight Transportation, Hosin "David" Lee Ph.D., P.E. and Yongjoo "Thomas" Kim

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Bottom Flange Reinforcement in NU I-Girders, George Morcous Ph.D.; Kromel Hanna Ph.D.; and Maher K. Tadros Ph.D., P.E.

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Load Rating of Complex Bridges, George Morcous Ph.D.; Kromel Hanna Ph.D.; and Maher K. Tadros Ph.D., P.E.

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Developing a Sustainable Freight Transportation Framework with the Consideration of Improving Safety and Minimizing Carbon Emissions, Margaret Rita Neff; Yong Bai Ph.D., P.E.; Steven Schrock Ph.D., P.E.; and Thomas E. Mulinazzi Ph.D., P.E., L.S.

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Automated Erosion System to Protect Highway Bridge Crossings at Abutments, Thanos Papanicolaou Ph.D., Christopher Wilson Ph.D., and Mohamed Elkakeem Ph.D.

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Assessing the Damage Potential in Pretensioned Bridges, Caused by Increased Truck Loads Due to Freight Movements (Phase I), Robert J. Peterman and Steven Hammerschmidt

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Improving Freight Fire Safety: Analysis and Testing of Real Engine Conditions to Progress Development of Mist-Controlling Additives for Fire Mitigation, Albert Rathner Ph.D.

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Improving Freight Fire Safety: Assessment of the Effectiveness of Mist-controlling Additives in Mitigating Crash-induced Diesel Fires, Albert Ratner Ph.D.

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Development of Advanced Finite Element Material Models for Cable Barrier Wire Rope, John D. Reid Ph.D.; Karla A. Lechtenberg M.S.C.E., E.I.T.; and Cody S. Stolle M.S.C.E., E.I.T.

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Foundation Design for High Tension Cable Guardrails, John R. Rohde Ph.D., P.E.; Ling Zhu Ph.D.; and Ryan J. Terpsma B.S.M.E

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Closed Course Testing of Portable Rumble Strips to Improve Truck Safety at Work Zones, Steven D. Schrock Ph.D., P.E. and Yong Bai Ph.D., P.E.

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Study of RF Propagation Characteristics for Wireless Sensor Networks in Railroad Environments, Hamid Sharif Ph.D. and Michael Hempel Ph.D.

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SECOND GENERATION PRECAST DECK PANEL (NUDECK) SYSTEM, Maher K. Tadros Ph.D., P.E.; Kromel E Hanna; and George Morcous Ph.D.

2009

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Steel Box System Monitoring of N-2 over I-80 Bridge, Atorod Azizinamini

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Computer Aided Modeling of Soil Mix Designs to Predict Characteristics and Properties of Stabilized Road Bases, Charles W. Berryman Ph.D., CPC; Wayne Jensen Ph.D.; and Tim Hensley P.E.

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Inspector’s Manual for Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls, Wayne Jensen Ph.D.

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Investigation and Mitigation of Driver Confusion at Modern Roundabouts, Aemal Khattak, Ram Bishu, Karen Schurr, and Gregory McKnight

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Moisture Sensitivity of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Mixtures in Nebraska – Phase II, Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D., Hoki Ban Ph.D., and Ingryd Pinto M.S.

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Effects of Aggregate Angularity on Mix Design Characteristics and Pavement Performance, Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D. and Leonardo T. Souza

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Use of Ground Penetrating Radar for Construction Quality Assurance of Concrete Pavement, George Morcous Ph.D. and Ece Erdogmus Ph.D.

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Risk Mitigation for Highway and Railway Bridges, Andrzej S. Nowak; Marek Kozikowski,; and Marta Lutomirska,

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Application of Ultra-High Performance Concrete to Bridge Girders, Maher K. Tadros Ph.D., P.E. and George Morcous Ph.D.

2008

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Investigation of Asphalt Pavement Analyzer Testing Program in Nebraska, Minki Hong and Yong-Rak Kim Ph.D.

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Pavement Quality Indicators Study, Wayne Jensen Ph.D. and Cody Kluver