Alabama Legislature Recognizes NCAT's 30 Years of Research

NCAT Resolution Presentation
From left, Chris Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University President Steven Leath, Alabama Sen. Tom Whatley, Alabama Rep. Joe Lovvorn, NCAT Director Randy West, and Ron Sines, chairman of the NCAT Board of Directors.

NCAT was recognized on July 24 with resolutions from the Alabama Legislature commending 30 years of service to the state. State Sen. Tom Whatley and Rep. Joe Lovvorn, both of Auburn, sponsored the resolutions and presented the documents during NCAT’s Board of Directors meeting. Auburn University President Steven Leath and Christopher Roberts, Dean of Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, attended the event.

“It’s an honor to be here to celebrate this milestone and recognize 30 years of accomplishment at NCAT,” Leath said. “I’m impressed by the partnership between this university and the National Asphalt Pavement Association. It’s a great example for what others can do here and around the country.”

The identically worded resolutions read in part, “The National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University is hereby recognized, and we offer this resolution in the highest tribute to their staff, researchers, and leaders, along with sincere best wishes for continued success as they chart the pathway forward for transportation infrastructure in the State of Alabama.”

NCAT brings in millions of dollars of sponsored research projects to Auburn University each year and has an annual economic impact of more than $125 million on Alabama.

Whatley recognized the event as a day to celebrate the impact NCAT has had on infrastructure development and the economy in Alabama. “When you build a road, you create a job,” said Whatley, a Lee County resident and Auburn graduate. “What you are doing promotes the economy for Alabama and the country as a whole.”

Lovvorn, also an Auburn alumnus, praised NCAT’s developments in technology and its potential for continued innovation. “I look forward to the next 30 years,” he said. “I feel that they will definitely be the best 30 years of the program.”

Auburn’s civil engineering curriculum was also recognized for its nearly 150 years of improving the state’s transportation network through education, research and outreach.

“NCAT is a shining example of how to take the fundamentals that we try to provide in the classrooms and laboratories and bring them into application,” Roberts said. “This center epitomizes our philosophy to applied research, making our roadways safer and saving taxpayer dollars. NCAT is truly a national asset with national exposure.”