About the Center
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The Western Regional Superpave Center (WRSC) in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno is one of five centers established by the Federal Highway Administration to promote the implementation of superpave technology. The WRSC offers strong academic and research programs in pavements/materials engineering.
Graduate degrees at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels are offered for the selectively admitted students based on their advanced courses and research work in the area of pavement engineering and science. A total of 15-20 M.S. and Ph.D. research-funded graduate students are working towards their respective degrees during any given semester. WRSC graduate students take advanced courses and work on multiple research projects under the direct and continuous supervision of the WRSC faculty, who offer them significant expertise in pavements/materials engineering.
Research activities of the WRSC cover a wide range of applications within the area of pavements/materials engineering. We conduct basic and fundamental research on asphalt binders, asphalt mixtures, Portland cement concrete, and stabilized/unstabilized granular materials to improve their performance and durability in pavements for roads and airports. We do applied research on pavement maintenance, rehabilitation, recycling, and construction activities to identify, design, and construct the best performing strategy for a given pavement section. Advanced modeling and software development is continuously underway to build state-of-the-art models for dynamic behavior of pavement structures, thermal behavior of pavement structures, and electronic databases for efficient storage and analysis of data generated from public and private research and development.
The WRSC faculty are highly dedicated to teaching, research, and professional services. All pavements/materials engineering undergraduate and graduate courses are taught by the WRSC faculty. In addition to their extensive involvement in teaching and research activities, the WRSC faculty offer their professional services to national and international pavements/materials organizations such as the following:
- Transportation Research Board (TRB)
- Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT)
- International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP)
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Over the past 20 years, the WRSC has built excellent cooperative working relationships with public agencies and private industries in the U.S. and around the world. Specifically, the WRSC has greatly benefited from the continuous excellent support of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County. Through these important partnerships, the WRSC is able to offer its students and sponsors state-of-the-art technologies in pavements/materials engineering.