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March 24, 2009

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Civil Engineering Professor to Assist in Roadway Inspection Research

FanDr. Wei “David” Fan, assistant professor in civil engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler, has received a $68,277 research grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to enhance state roadway design, Dr. Arlene Horne, associate vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

Fan serves as co-primary investigator on the five-year project shared with UT Austin.

“The grant will be used for the continued development of a comprehensive database that will significantly improve the engineering roadway design, particularly the flexible pavement design and life cycle performance analysis, in Texas,” said Fan.

In December 2008, TxDOT awarded Fan more than $27, 000 to help find effective ways to practice performance-based roadside maintenance.

Fan is collaborating with Texas Transportation Institute during the two-year study. The team is currently developing draft performance specifications for consideration by TxDOT through field trials and feedback, according to Fan.

A faculty member since 2006, Fan holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering with a specialization in transportation from UT Austin.

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