I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas. I received my B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2012 and 2014, then I went to the University of Oklahoma for my Ph.D. from 2014-2017.
I am interested in all kinds of concrete research, primarily I have focused on prestressed concrete and rapid setting cement.
Samuel Spann (M.S., started Fall 2018)
Samuel Spann earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Arkansas State University in 2018. He began his M.S. in the Fall of 2018 and his project involves measuring capillary pressures in the surface of fresh concrete due to plastic shrinkage (Funded by ARDOT).
Fernando Benitez Ortiz (M.S., Started Fall 2018)
Fernando Benitez Ortiz earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus in 2018. He began his M.S. in the Fall of 2018. For his project he is studying the causes of cracking in concrete bridge decks in Arkansas (Funded by ARDOT).
Anazaria Ortega Gonzales (M.S., Started Spring 2019)
Anazaria Ortega Gonzalez earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2018. Anazaria was the president of the University of Arkansas chapter of Chi Epsilon. She started her M.S. in the Spring of 2019 and her M.S. research involves developing rapid setting mortars for use in underwater repair applications (Funded by MarTREC).
Yancy Schrader (M.S., Started Spring 2019)
Yancy Schrader earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2018. Yancy was captain of the University of Arkansas steel bridge team and was a member of the marching band. Yancy began his M.S. in the Spring of 2019 and his research involves refining a test method to determine the propensity of a fly ash to adsorb air entraining admixtures.
Elizabeth Poblete (M.S., Started Summer 2019
Elizabeth (Bette) Poblete earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in Spring 2019. Bette competed for the Arkansas Razorbacks Soccer team while she was an undergraduate. Bette’s research involves measuring the moisture content in mass timber panels in a dormitory on the University of Arkansas campus.
Andrew Deschenes (M.S., Started Summer 2019)
Andrew Deschenes earned his B.S. in civil engineering in the spring of 2019. Andrew’s thesis involves measuring the strength and stiffness of cement stabilized crushed stone base course at different cement contents.
Incoming graduate students: Rilye Dillard (Fall 2019)
Caleb Chesnut (May 2020 graduation)
Caleb will measure the modulus of elasticity of portland cement concrete and BCSA concrete and make comparisons between the two cements and to existing models.
Gabriel Cook, M.S.
Gabriel Cook was the first member of my research group. Gabe studied the behavior of reinforced concrete beams made with rapid-setting BCSA cement. He completed his M.S. in December 2018 and currently works for Oncor Electric Delivery in Fort Worth, TX.
Undergraduate Honors Thesis:
Edgar Soriano Somarriba (May 2019 graduation)
Edgar is a Civil Engineering/Physics double major. His research investigated the effects of citric acid dosage on the setting time, compressive strength, and thermal behavior of BCSA cement paste. Edgar presented his research at the 2019 ACI Convention in Quebec City.
Andrew Deschenes (May 2019 graduation)
Andrew’s research involves the tensile strength (measured by splitting tension) of BCSA cement concrete and comparison to the strength of portland cement concrete.