Graduating Student Profiles

We've got some great students at NCAT. Find out more about our upcoming and recent graduates and connect with them directly via LinkedIn or email.

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Wangyu Ma


Degree Program: Doctorate in Civil Engineering

Graduated: May 2017

Connect: LinkedIn, Email

Major Projects: Highway 280, Test Track 2009 Green Group Experiment

Research Interests: Hot-mix asphalt (HMA) design and testing, cold recycling pavement rehabilitation technology

Future Objective: To work as a civil engineer in the transportation industry.



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Clint Van Winkle


Degree Program: Doctorate in Civil Engineering

Graduation: August 2017

Connect: LinkedIn, Email

Major Projects: Lee Road 159, Highway 280

Research Interests: Pavement asset management, pavement condition assessment, optimal treatment application, preservation technology benefit, effects of subgrade moisture

Future Objective: I would like to become a college professor and start my own consulting business.



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Michael Vrtis


Degree Program: Doctorate in Civil Engineering

Graduated: May 2017

Connect: LinkedIn, Email

Major Projects: 2012 Green Group Experiment, 2015 Cracking Group Experiment, Oregon DOT

Research Interests: Increasing the understanding of full-scale pavement performance and utilizing that understanding to improve overall sustainability, lab testing procedures, and design methods.

Future Objective: To become a pavement engineering professor at a large research university. Upon graduating from Auburn, I am looking for opportunities that will help me build my resume and gain the experience needed to obtain a faculty position.



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David Whitmore


Degree Program: Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Graduated: May 2017

Connect: Email

Major Projects: NCAT Test Track reconstruction, projects for Nevada DOT and Ohio DOT

Research Interests: Improving Superpave mix designs, specifically additives such as asphalt anti-stripping agents and cellulose. Also interested in researching the use of recycled products like RAS and RAP in asphalt mixtures.

Future Objective: To start a career focused on asphalt pavement design, mainly working for a company that researches Superpave mix designs.