Published: Jul 17, 2007 9:02:15 AM
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Auburn, Ala. - Auburn University's National Center for Asphalt Technology has named Randy C. West, as director. West will lead the center, a joint effort between the National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF) and Auburn University, which works to improve hot mix asphalt (HMA) performance through research, education and information services.
He will replace Ray Brown, who directed the center for 17 years. Brown will retire from Auburn University on August 1 to accept a position with the U.S. Army Corps Engineer Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss.
"We conducted a national search for the director position and considered many strong candidates," says Chuck Van Deusen, chairman of the NCAT board of directors. "In the end, Randy West was the clear choice."
West joined NCAT in 1996, quickly moving into the position of assistant director. With over 20 years of experience in the hot mix asphalt industry, he brings a wealth of experience in the industry and NCAT to the table.
As assistant director, West led research on a broad range of pavement issues, including recycling of hot mix asphalt, mix design and materials characterization, quality assurance, pavement construction and pavement failure investigations.
Prior to joining NCAT, he worked as a research engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation and for APAC, Inc. in Atlanta, where he advanced to director of Materials, Plants and Quarry Services.
West earned his bachelor's and master's from Auburn in 1987 and1989 respectively, and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1995. He is a registered professional engineer in Georgia and Florida and active in the American Society for Testing and Materials, Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, National Transportation Board, National Asphalt Pavement Association, and a number of committees dealing with HMA research, specifications and training.
"I believe Randy's experience and leadership are exactly what we need to build on the strong record of accomplishments accrued under Ray Brown," says Larry Benefield, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. "NCAT is a national leader in asphalt research. I fully expect Randy to continue the success that the center has enjoyed."