Posted on March 03, 2019

Dr. Eyad Masad (pictured), professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar and Texas A&M University (USA), will receive the prestigious 2019 James Laurie Prize from the Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The award was established by ASCE in 1912 in honor of the first president of the society. The prize is awarded each year to an ASCE member who has contributed to the advancement of transportation engineering, either in research, planning, design or construction. Masad was selected for the honor for his “definite and transformative contributions to the advancement of transportation engineering through your continuing innovative research on asphalt concrete micro-mechanical modeling.”

Masad is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas A&M at Qatar and also holds the Zachry Professor in Design and Construction Integration II at Texas A&M’s main campus. He is also the executive director for global initiatives of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, an engineering research and service agency of the State of Texas.

Masad’s research focuses on microstructure characterization, constitutive modeling, and micromechanics of pavement materials and systems. He has active research groups and programs in the United States and in Qatar, and has published more than 350 technical papers and reports. Masad is a fellow of ASCE and has served as associate editor of two major engineering journals. Through the years, he has received several prestigious academic and professional awards in recognition of his professional, academic, research and administrative contributions.

He will be recognized at the annual ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development (ICTD 2019) in Alexandria, Va. (USA) in June. ASCE represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the oldest engineering society in the United States and stands at the forefront of the civil engineering profession, which plans, designs, constructs and operates society’s economic and social engine—the built environment—while protecting and restoring the natural environment.