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 and granular material testing and characterization, pavement design, full depth reclamation, cold recycling, rolling resistance, computational modeling

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


Michael Heitzman - Assistant Director, Senior Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

mah0016@auburn.edu

334-844-7309

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Pavement friction, non-destructive pavement evaluation, pavement thermal properties, tire-pavement noise, thin lift surfaces, preservation and rehabilitation

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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

Specialization: Asphalt materials, asphalt mix design, pavement construction, pavement evaluation, recycled materials, inertial profilers

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BCE Auburn University


Fabricio Leiva - Assistant Research Professor

National Center for Asphalt Technology

leivafa@auburn.edu

334-844-7301

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Asphalt mix design, accelerated pavement testing, pavement design, pavement evaluation, recycled materials

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Ph.D. Auburn University, MSCE Auburn University, MBA State University at Distance Costa Rica, BSCE University of Costa Rica


Jason Moore - Lab Manager

National Center for Asphalt Technology

moore02@auburn.edu

334-844-7336

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Asphalt testing, asphalt mix design, bond strength testing, pavement evaluation

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MCE Auburn University, BCE Auburn University

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Nathan Moore - Assistant Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

ndm0005@auburn.edu

334-844-7346

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Asphalt material properties, asphalt mix design, aggregate testing, asphalt mixture performance testing, pavement evaluation

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Raquel Moraes - Postdoctoral Researcher

National Center for Asphalt Technology

moraes@auburn.edu

334-844-7304

NCAT Main Facility

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

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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 - Test Track Manager

National Center for Asphalt Technology

nelsoja@auburn.edu

334-844-7339

NCAT Test Track

Specialization: Accelerated pavement testing, pavement performance measurement, inertial profilers

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MCE Auburn University, BCE Auburn University, BS (Animal Dairy Sciences) Auburn University


Raymond (Buzz) Powell - Assistant Director, Senior Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

powelrl@auburn.edu

334-844-6857

NCAT Test Track

Specialization: Accelerated pavement testing, pavement performance measurement, pavement construction, pavement preservation

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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: Asphalt materials characterization, balanced mix design, warm mix asphalt, recycled asphalt mixtures, pavement design

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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

Specialization: Sound, friction, FWD testing, equipment and instrumentation maintenance

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

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Adam Taylor - Assistant Research Engineer

National Center for Asphalt Technology

tayloa3@auburn.edu

334-844-7337

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Asphalt mixture characterization and performance testing, comparison of laboratory and field material properties, aggregate testing

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MSCE Auburn University, BSCE Auburn University


Nam Tran - Assistant Director, Associate Research Professor

National Center for Asphalt Technology

nht0002@auburn.edu

334-844-7322

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Advanced asphalt materials characterization, interlayer bond strength, rejuvenators, pavement design, pavement economics, pavement sustainability

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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

Specialization: Binder testing, asphalt binder rheology, extraction and recovery tests

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BSCE University of Kentucky


Adriana Vargas - Assistant Research Professor

National Center for Asphalt Technology

vargaad@auburn.edu

334-844-7303

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Pavement preservation, pavement management, pavement performance, accelerated pavement testing, sustainable materials

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Ph.D. Auburn University, MSCE Auburn University, MBA State University at Distance Costa Rica, BSCE University of Costa Rica


Don Watson - Instructional Manager, Southeast Superpave Center Manager

National Center for Asphalt Technology

watsode@auburn.edu

334-844-7306

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Pavement forensics, pavement construction, asphalt specifications, stone matrix asphalt, porous friction courses

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BCET Southern Polytechnic State University

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Randy West - Director

National Center for Asphalt Technology

westran@auburn.edu

334-844-6228

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Sustainable pavements, life-cycle cost analysis, balanced mix design, asphalt specifications, test methods, quality assurance, 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 - Assistant Research Professor

National Center for Asphalt Technology

f-yin@auburn.edu

334-844-6288

NCAT Main Facility

Specialization: Advanced asphalt materials characterization, balanced mix design, warm mix asphalt, recycled asphalt materials and rejuvenators, stone matrix asphalt, porous asphalt pavements, mechanistic-empirical pavement design

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