Published: Aug 25, 2009 4:24:00 PM
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Anton Schindler, Gottlieb Associate Professor in Auburn University's Department of Civil Engineering, was recently named director of the Highway Research Center (HRC). The HRC focuses on research that helps to improve the safety, longevity, sustainability, user friendliness and return on tax dollars invested in the nation's highway infrastructure. HRC researchers are civil engineering faculty with expertise in traffic analysis and control, traffic safety, foundation design, bridge engineering, hydraulics and hydrology, pavement design, construction materials, management systems and environmental issues.
"As a society, we owe our economic prosperity and quality of life to the highway infrastructure that most of us rely on daily," said Schindler. "The HRC's researchers and staff serve the public by developing and evaluating new technologies, fine-tuning current practices and sharing our expertise with professionals at local and national levels."
As director, Schindler will continue to fulfill HRC's mission to support Alabama's highway industry through research and education. Innovative, economical and state-of-the-art methods will be explored to improve the sustainability, performance and durability of our infrastructure. The HRC will continue to provide faculty support to develop and sustain highway-related research programs and enhance the education of Auburn students, while expanding its outreach activities to educate highway professionals.
"I'm particularly excited to work with the dedicated professionals of the Alabama Department of Transportation and provide them with the necessary research support to continue to improve all aspects associated with our highway infrastructure," said Schindler.
With graduate degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas-Austin, Schindler joined the faculty at Auburn in 2002. His research interests include early-age behavior of concrete structures, analysis and design of concrete structures, concrete performance modeling, concrete properties and nondestructive testing techniques. Schindler currently teaches courses in engineering mechanics, structural design and concrete materials. He received the American Concrete Institute's Wason Medal for concrete materials research in 2006.
Contributed by Cassity Hughes