Shane Underwood joins the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment as assistant professor later this month. Previously, he was a research scientist in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University.
Underwood’s research involves multi-scale modeling of asphalt concrete, looking at the material as an assemblage of different scales of materials rather than a homogenous mass to assess the performance characteristics of materials affected at the local scale. By experimenting on different assemblages of materials, then developing constitutive models, he is working to gain a better understanding of the way the materials behave.
Through this technique, Underwood is looking at materials reported to be environmentally friendly to evaluate both the initial footprint, but also the long-term performance. The goal is to develop analysis of pavements that are truly sustainable in both the short-term and over the product lifecyle.
“We are thrilled to have Shane join our faculty, teaching and research at the very cutting edge of sustainable pavement materials,” says Edd Gibson, director, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. “Shane will help us strengthen our sustainable materials focus within SSEBE as we continue to develop critical mass in this extremely important area.”
Underwood holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.