people.htm people.htm North Central Superpave Center
Combined State Binder Group Round Robin
Jan Olek, Ph.D., P.E.

Director North Central Superpave Center
Professor Civil Engineering, Purdue University

School of Civil Engineering
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
CIVL G221 office
(765) 494-5015 phone
(765) 494-1364 fax
olek@purdue.edu e-mail

 

Jan Olek is a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of the North Central Superpave Center. He received an M.S. degree from Cracow Technical University, Poland, in 1978, an M.S. degree from the University of Texas-Austin in 1985, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1987. He is a registered professional engineer in Indiana. He is serving on Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Concrete Institute (ACI) committees and other academic (university) committees.

His areas of interest include properties of construction materials, use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), pavement noise-issues, pavement surface friction characteristics, Superpave technology, low-temperature behavior of asphalt, properties and durability of high performance concretes and structures, etc. He is currently advising three Ph. D. students in the area of bituminous pavements, three Ph. D. students and six M. S. students in the area of concrete materials.


Rebecca S. McDaniel, Ph.D., P.E.

Technical Director North Central Superpave Center

1205 Montgomery Street
P. O. Box 2382
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 463-2317 extension 226 phone
rsmcdani@purdue.edu e-mail

Becky McDaniel is the Technical Director of the North Central Superpave Center.  Prior to that appointment in 1995, she served for ten years as a research engineer and manager with the Indiana Department of Transportation, specializing in pavements and materials. McDaniel holds Bachelors, Masters and  Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and a bachelors degree in English from Indiana University.

She is a member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists; TRB Committees A2D03, Characteristics of Asphalt/Aggregate Combinations to Meet Surface Requirements, and A2J03, Mineral Aggregates; various research project panels; and the Long-Term Pavement Performance Materials Data Analysis Expert Task Group (ETG).


Ayesha Shah, Ph.D.

Research Engineer North Central Superpave Center

1205 Montgomery Street
P. O. Box 2382
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 463-2317 extension 227 phone
bano@purdue.edu e-mail
 

Ayesha Shah is the Research Engineer for the North Central Superpave Center. She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Her area of specialization is bituminous pavements materials. Shah holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, India and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa.

She has been a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate Civil Engineering courses in soil mechanics, mechanics of materials and construction materials courses. Shah also has been a Research Assistant at the School of Civil Engineering while working on her doctoral thesis, investigating the influence of field aging on the long-term performance of asphalt concrete pavements in Indiana. She is currently involved in various research projects at the North Central Superpave Center involving the use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP), Noise and Surface Friction Characteristics, Long-Term Performance of SPS9-A site, dynamic modulus testing, etc. She is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).