Prof. Imad Al-Qadi
Prof. Al-Qadi served as an Instructor and a Research Engineer at Penn State from 1988 to 1990. He was a member of the faculty of the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech for 14 years, until 2004. By 1998, he had already been promoted to full professor; and by 2002 he was named the Charles E. Via Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In addition, he was the leader of the Roadway Infrastructure Group, which he established.
Since his arrival at the University of Illinois in August 2004, Prof. Al-Qadi has served as the Director of the Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Lab (ATREL) and the Founding Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation, which has become one of the largest centers at the University of Illinois.
Professor Al-Qadi’s teaching and research interests focus primarily on pavement mechanics and advanced modeling including viscoelastic response to tire loading, pavement fracture, and modeling of pavement interface and interlayer systems; infrastructure asset management systems including pavement sustainability and recycling optimization and pavement condition assessment and rehabilitation; interlayer system testing and modeling including geosynthetics, reinforcement, and strain energy absorption systems; transportation infrastructure instrumentation and full-scale accelerated testing; nondestructive testing evaluation including ground penetrating radar signal analysis; and polymerized asphalt rheology.
Prof. Al-Qadi's research has resulted in the authoring/coauthoring of more than 450 publications, of which more than 240 are refereed papers. He has delivered more than 400 presentations at international conferences and professional meetings on these topics including numerous keynote lectures. In addition, his research has resulted in new developments, including new tests, testing specifications, advanced modeling and simulation of pavement loading, and analysis of radar electromagnetic wave interactions with roads and bridges.
Prof. Al-Qadi established the pavement, bituminous, and nondestructive testing programs at Virginia Tech and led the efforts to secure the Virginia Tech-Association of the American Railroad Affiliated Laboratory, of which he was the director just before joining the University of Illinois. In addition, he and his students designed and instrumented the state-of-the-art, all-weather 1.6-mile Virginia Smart Road pavement testing facility. He has served as the principal investigator of more than 80 projects sponsored by various federal and state agencies as well as international industry. He has consulted for more than 50 federal, state, and major public agencies in the U.S. and abroad, such as FHWA, BP Amoco, Michelin, Bekaert, Maccaferri, DMJM+HARRIS, and Koch.
A registered professional engineer, Prof. Al-Qadi is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a member of TRB, AAPT, NAGS, RILEM, ISAP, IGS, ASNT, and ASTM. He is also an elected honorary member of the Societa Italiana Infrastructure Viarie. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering, the Associate Editor of the Research in Nondestructive Evaluation Journal, and served as the Regional Editor of the Construction and Building Materials Journal. He was also the Guest Editor of ASNT Materials special edition on Nondestructive Evaluation of Pavements.
A member of more than 20 technical committees, task forces, and advisory boards, he is currently the Chair of the TRB Preservation and Maintenance Section, the Group Leader of the ISAP Technical Committee on Interlayer Systems, and the TRB subcommittee on Interlayer Systems to Control Reflective Cracking, that he founded. He is the past chair of the TRB Committee AHD25 on Sealants and Fillers for Joints and Cracks, the TRB Subcommittee AFS70-2 on Geosynthetics in Flexible Pavement Systems, which he founded, and the ASCE Highway Pavement Committee. He also served as the ASCE Design, Construction, and Maintenance Executive Council Chair and currently a member of the Board of Governors of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute. Prof. Al-Qadi served as the Chair/Co-Chair of many international conferences including the 5th and 6th RILEM International Conference on Pavement Cracking, the 2006 International NDE Conference on Civil Engineering, and the Advanced Characterization of Pavement and Soil Engineering Materials.
He has received numerous awards including the 2007 ASCE Laurie Prize, the 2006 TRR of the National Academies D. Grant Mickle Award, the Limoges Medal of Merit from France in 2004, the 2001 Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, the 1993 STS Award from UK, and was named to the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean's List of Excellent Teachers nine times. In addition, Prof. Al-Qadi is the only pavement engineer to receive the quadrennial International Geosynthetic Society Award (2002) and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award (1994). His achievements were profiled in the TRNews of the National Academies, November-December 2006 issue.