ERDC asphalt expert receives two awards

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 24, 2010

A research civil engineer in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center has received top honors from the Asphalt Institute and the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

Dr. Ray Brown received the Roll of Honor Award from AI, a U.S.-based industry association for international petroleum asphalt/bitumen. He was also named to the Hot Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame by the NAPA, a national trade association representing asphalt producers and paving contractors.

Brown, who joined ERDC in 1969, worked as a civil engineer until 1987, when he left to teach civil engineering at Auburn University. He returned to ERDC in 2007 to work in the field of asphalt research. He was lead researcher in the development of asphalt content test equipment that eliminated the use of hazardous materials.

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Brown is the former director of the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn, where he still works as an emeritus professor, as well as the primary organizer of the NCAT Professor Training Course.

A Bruce native, Brown has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. He has a  doctorate in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

His awards include the Commander’s Research and Development Achievement Award and the Transportation Research Board’s K.B. Woods Award for best paper in design and construction.