Louay Mohammad, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Louisiana State University and renowned pavement engineer, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Mohammad holds the Irma Louise Rush Stewart Distinguished Professorship and is the Transportation Faculty Group Coordinator at LSU. He also serves as director of the Engineering Materials Characterization and Research Facility at the Louisiana Transportation Research Center. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of highway construction materials, pavement engineering, accelerated pavement testing, advanced materials characterization and modeling, and infrastructure sustainability. Mohammad is a national and international leader in fundamental characterization and modeling of highway construction materials, and in asphalt pavement performance, with more than 30 years of industrial and academic experience.
He is a member of ASCE since 1982, and has held various leadership positions for the Society at the local, state, and national level. He served as a chair of the Materials Engineering group (1992-1996) and director at large (October 1995–September 1997) for ASCE’s Baton Rouge Chapter, in Louisiana. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation and Development Institute, Louisiana chapter, and chaired this committee from October 2016 to September 2017. He is also a founding member of the ASCE Construction Institute Bituminous Materials Committee and served as a chair. Since 2014, he has been editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering Bituminous and Flexible Pavement Section (Section B), and was an associate editor from 2001 to 2014.
Mohammad has led national-level tack coat research and his work has shaped the current tack coat specifications, increasing pavement life by approximately 21 percent. He has been actively involved in the development and implementation of Balanced Asphalt Mixture Design, which has changed the engineering state-of-practice in flexible pavement through changes to the 2016 Louisiana asphalt specifications for Roads and Bridges. Mohammad served as the principal or coprincipal investigator on more than 62 research projects totaling over $28.6 million. He has authored/coauthored more than 327 publications in pavement engineering, including over 193 refereed papers, and delivered over 200 keynote and invited presentations at national and international conferences. His projects are sponsored by NCHRP, FHWA, NSF, LADOTD, CODOT, FDOT, WisDOT, industry, etc.
He is a member of numerous technical organizations and has held various leadership positions at AAPT, ASCE, ASTM, and TRB. Mohammad has been recognized with the 2013 Best Paper Award of the 8th International Conference on Road and Airfield Pavement Technology, 2010 Distinguished Research Paper of the Journal of Engineering Research, the 2009, 2012, and 2015 Asphalt Rubber Ambassador Award, 2002 AAPT Board of Directors Award of Recognition, 2005 and 2014 Research Achievement Award of the Civil Engineering Department at LSU for his excellence in teaching and research, and in 1999 was recognized with ASCE’s Bituminous Materials Committee certificate of appreciation for Outstanding Service and Leadership.
Mohammad earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering from LSU in 1980, 1982, and 1989, respectively. He is a registered professional engineer in Wyoming.