Randy West
NCAT Director
Randy West

NCAT faculty and research engineers develop and evaluate new products, design technologies, and construction methods that lead to asphalt pavement improvements. We are one of the world’s leading institutions for asphalt pavement research and testing, and the information we provide plays an important role in the maintenance of our nation’s infrastructure.


Ray Brown - Director Emeritus

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  brownel@auburn.edu

  334-844-6270

   NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Asphalt materials, mix design and QC testing, pavement construction, airfield pavements, forensic investigations

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Ph.D. Texas A&M University, MSCE Mississippi State University, BSCE Mississippi State University


Fan Gu - Postdoctoral Researcher

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  fzg0014@auburn.edu

  334-844-6251

   NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Asphalt materials and granular materials testing and characterization, pavement ME design, full depth reclamation and cold recycling technologies, rolling resistance, computational modeling of pavement materials and structures

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Ph.D. Texas A&M University, MS Southeast University, BS Southeast University


Michael Heitzman - Assistant Director / Senior Researcher

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  mah0016@auburn.edu

  334-844-7309

   NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Mechanistic pavement design, porous pavements, pavement friction, tire-pavement noise, MEPDG climatic data, thin lift surfaces

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Ph.D. Iowa State University, MS University of Missouri-Rolla, BSCE University of Missouri-Rolla

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Grant Julian - Assistant Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  juliagg@auburn.edu

  334-844-7341

   NCAT Main Facility


Fabricio Leiva - Assistant Research Professor

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  leivafa@auburn.edu

  334-844-7301

   NCAT Main Facility


Jason Moore - Lab Manager

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  moore02@auburn.edu

  334-844-7336

   NCAT Main Facility


Nathan Moore - Assistant Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  ndm0005@auburn.edu

  334-844-7346

   NCAT Main Facility


Raquel Moraes - Postdoctoral Researcher

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  moraes@auburn.edu

  334-844-7304

   NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Advanced asphalt binders rheological and physico-chemical characterization; asphalt chemistry; oxidative aging; aggregate-binder adhesive properties and bond strength; mineral filler and asphalt binder interaction; pavement moisture damage; modification of asphalt binders

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Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS Federal University of Ceará (Brazil), BS Federal University of Ceará (Brazil)


Jason Nelson - Assistant Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  nelsoja@auburn.edu

  334-844-7339

   NCAT Test Track


Raymond (Buzz) Powell - Assistant Director / Test Track Manager

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  powelrl@auburn.edu

  334-844-6857

   NCAT Test Track

Specialization: Accelerated pavement testing, pavement performance measurement, pavement construction, smoothness profiling

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Ph.D. Auburn University, MSCE Auburn University, BCE Auburn University

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Carolina Rodezno - Assistant Research Professor, Lead Researcher

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  mcr0010@auburn.edu

  334-844-4964

   NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Advanced asphalt materials characterization, warm mix asphalt, modified asphalt mixtures, recycled materials in asphalt mixtures (GTR), pavement reflectivity and temperature, repeated load deformation testing, pavement design, pavement rehabilitation

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Ph.D. Arizona State University, MSE Arizona State University, BSCE Catholic University of Nicaragua

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Matt Sasser - Mechanical Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  mds0037@auburn.edu

  334-844-7353

   NCAT Main Facility


Adam Taylor - Assistant Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  tayloa3@auburn.edu

  334-844-7337

   NCAT Main Facility


Nam Tran - Associate Research Professor, Lead Researcher

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  nht0002@auburn.edu

  334-844-7322

   NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Advanced asphalt materials characterization, pavement thermodynamics, interlayer bond strength, rejuvenators, aggregate properties, pavement economics

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Ph.D. University of Arkansas, MSCE University of Arkansas, BSCE Hanoi Construction University

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Pamela Turner - Assistant Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  turnepa@auburn.edu

  334-844-7347

   NCAT Main Facility


Adriana Vargas - Assistant Research Professor

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  vargaad@auburn.edu

  334-844-7303

   NCAT Main Facility


Don Watson - Instructional Manager

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  watsode@auburn.edu

  334-844-7306

   NCAT Main Facility


Randy West - Director

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  westran@auburn.edu

  334-844-6228

   NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Sustainable pavements, life-cycle cost analysis, asphalt mix design, asphalt specifications, test methods, quality assurance, automated testing, asphalt production, pavement construction

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Ph.D. University of Florida, MSCE Auburn University, BCE Auburn University

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Fan Yin - Postdoctoral Researcher

National Center for Asphalt Technology

  f-yin@auburn.edu

  334-844-6288

   NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Asphalt materials characterization, sustainable pavement materials, porous pavements

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Ph.D. Texas A&M University, MS Texas A&M University, BS Southeast University