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Dr. Daba Gedafa, P.E.
UND Civil Engineering
Upson II Room 260P
243 Centennial Drive Stop 8115
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8115
PH: (701) 777-3976
Areas of Interest: Pavement and Materials Engineering
Joined the Civil Engineering Department: August 2011
1. Educational Background
Ph.D. Transportation and Materials Engineering, Kansas State University, December 2008
M. of Technology in Transportation Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, September 2005
B.S. Civil Engineering, Addis Abada University, August 20013
2. Professional Experience
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Univ. of North Dakota, 8/2011–Present.
Assistant Prof. in Residence of Civil Engineering, Univ. of Connecticut, 8/2009-8/2011.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Kansas State University, 12/2008-08/2009.
Graduate Assistant II, Arbaminch University, Ethiopia, 09/2002-07/2003.
Office Engineer, Alemayehu Ketema General Contractor, 10/2001-10/2002.
3. Other Related Experience
Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University, 08/2005-11/2008.
Graduate Research Student, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, 07/2003-07/2005.
4. Consulting, patents, etc.
Review of Data in Construction Management System (CMS) and Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QC/QA) Databases to Improve Current Specifications for Superpave and Concrete Pavements in Kansas. Funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, KS. $72,000.
Verification of Mechanistic-Empirical Design Models for Flexible Pavements through APT Testing (CISL Experiment No. 14). Funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, KS. $884,362.
Implementation of the Rolling Wheel Deflectometer (RWD) for Pavement Structural Data for the Kansas Pavement Management System. Funded by Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C. $50,000.
Field Verification of KDOT’s Superpave Mixture Properties to be used as Inputs in the AASHTO Mechanistic Design Guide for Pavement Structure. Funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, KS. $115,000.
5. Professional Registration
Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut (2011)
6. Principle Publications of Last Five Years
Gedafa,D.S., M. Hossain, L. S. Ingram, R. Kreider. “Performance Related Specifications for Concrete Pavements.” ASCE Journal Materials in Civil Engineering (Tentatively Accepted).
Gedafa,D.S., M. Hossain, L. S. Ingram, R. Kreider. “Performance Related Specification for Superpave Pavements.” In Transportation Research Record, Journal of Transportation Research Board (In press).
Gedafa,D.S., M. Hossain, S. A. Romanoschi, A. J. Gisi. “Comparison of Moduli of Kansas Superpave Asphalt Mixes.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Issue 2154, 2010, pp 114-123.
Gedafa, D.S., Hossain, M., Miller, R., and Steele, D.A. “Network Level Testing for Pavement Structural Evaluation Using a Rolling Wheel Deflectometer.” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Vol. 38, No. 4, July 2010.
Gedafa, D.S., Hossain, M., Romanoschi, S., and and Gisi, A.J. “Field Verification of Superpave Dynamic Modulus.” In ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 22, No. 5, May 01, 2010, pp. 485-494.
Gedafa, D.S., Hossain, M., Miller, R., and Van, T. “Estimation of Remaining Service Life of Flexible Pavements from Surface Deflections.” ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 136, No. 4, April 01, 2010, pp.342-352.
7. Scientific and Professional Societies
Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), August 2005-present.
Member of Geo-Institute of ASCE, April 2011-present.
Member of International Society of Concrete Pavements (ISCP), August 2008-August 2010.
Member of International Society of Asphalt Pavements (ISAP), February 2011-present.
Member of Transportation Research Board (TRB), August 2006-present.
Member of TRB Committee on Rigid Pavement Design April 2007-April 2010.
Member of TRB Committee on Flexible Pavement Design, April 2011-present.
Member of TRB Committee on Full-scale Accelerated Pavement Testing (AFD40), April 2011-present.
8. Honors and Awards
2011 Selected for Marquis Who’s Who in America
2008 The Manhattan Konza Rotary Club Graduate Student Scholarship
2007 Initiated as a member of Honor Society of Engineering
2007 Initiated as a member of the National Scholars Honor Society
9. Institutional/Professional Service Last Five Years
Reviewer of International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, November 2010-present
Reviewer of ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, August 2009-present
Reviewer for TRB Committees (AFD10, AFD40, AFD50, and AFD60), September 2008-present
Reviewer of Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture (JCEA), March 2011-present
Reviewer of 8th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets, May 2011
Reviewer of Geo-frontiers 2011, June 2010
Reviewer of 17th International Conference on Wear of Materials, December 2008
Reviewer of Journal of Transportation Research Part C, September 2008
Reviewer of 9th ISCP International Conference on Concrete Pavements, February 2008-June 2008
10. Time Percentages: (Teaching, Research, Service, Civil Engineering Program)
33%, 62%, 5%, 100%.