February 10, 2016

AMAP Announces Three Scholarship Winners for 2016

The Association of Modified Asphalt Producers announced today the recipients of its annual scholarships for academic excellence in the field of asphalt technology. The scholarship was established in 2010 in memory of David R. Jones IV, a friend, colleague, Asphalt Hall of Fame recipient and a true legend of the asphalt industry. "As a true academic, we know Dave would be pleased we are helping students interested in pursuing careers in the asphalt industry in his memory," said Hal Panabaker, President of AMAP.

Born in the city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Antonio Angel Barragan, along with his family, migrated to the U.S. at the age of five, and eventually settled in Wyoming at the age of sixteen. He completed high school and attended community college in Casper, WY.

With the coal business booming in Wyoming and having family working in the industrial construction sector, Antonio started working full time in power plant and major civil construction projects. This took him to several states and cities before he decided to finish his higher education at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). There he is pursuing  a degree in construction and engineering management. Besides being a college student, Antonio is a project controls engineer intern at Marathon Petroleum Corporation where he assists in the scheduling and cost control supervision of the company's multimillion-dollar construction projects at its Detroit refinery. This facility, incidentally, has the largest domestic asphalt production capacity in the United States.

Laura E. Dalton is currently a graduate research assistant and engineer-in-training (EIT) at West Virginia University (WVU) pursuing a master's in civil engineering with a focus in asphalt technology. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from WVU and a B.A. in Graphic Design from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Her current research includes material characterization of production asphalt mixes from throughout West Virginia. This research is being completed under the guidance of her advisor, Dr. John Zaniewski, in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH). She is currently preparing samples for testing in the Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester for her thesis.

After she graduates, Laura plans to pursue a position in the asphalt industry and aspires to continue research within the field. Her ideal career combines her background experience in image processing using computed tomography (CT) scanning.

Padmini Gudipudi is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Transportation Engineering, specializing in pavement materials at Arizona State University (ASU). She received her master's degree in Transportation Systems Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India. Her dissertation research focuses on the "Investigation and Improvement in Reliability of Asphalt Concrete Fatigue Modeling using Fine Aggregate Matrix Phase". Along with her dissertation work, Padmini is also currently working on several other research projects that involve the investigation of fatigue cracking behavior of modified asphalt concrete mixtures. She has been disseminating the results of her research work through several peer reviewed journals.

Apart from her research work, Padmini is also actively involved in several leadership roles and service activities within and outside of the ASU community. In the past, she served as the President and Treasurer for the ITE student chapter and as a committee member for pavement/material conference at ASU. She is currently serving as a reviewer for the travel grant program at ASU, and a board member in the Association of Transportation Professionals of Indian Origin (ATPIO). After her graduation, Padmini would like to pursue a career in the pavement industry for a few years to gain practical experience and then move to academia to incorporate the knowledge gained into her teaching and research.


Jim Sattler | Executive Director | Association of Modified Asphalt Producers

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