Doctoral student receives international scholarship from Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists

Published: Aug 13, 2015 9:00:00 AM
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Michael Vrtis, a doctoral candidate in Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering, has received a scholarship from the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT). This annual international scholarship is designed to increase the number of scientists and engineers available for careers in the general area of asphalt cement or asphalt concrete technology.

Vrtis earned both a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Utah.

Under the direction of civil engineering professor David Timm, he is conducting research on asphalt pavement response measurements from vehicular loading using instrumented test sections on the National Center for Asphalt Technology’s (NCAT) Pavement Test Track.

“As a graduate student, Michael has taken on many roles at NCAT and within the civil engineering department,” remarked Timm, who is also a former AAPT scholarship recipient. “His hard work, determination, enthusiasm and leadership have made him a successful researcher and excellent teaching assistant. We are fortunate to have him in our program.”

Vrtis is one of two recipients this year whose achievement will be officially recognized at the annual AAPT meeting in March 2016.