Shane Underwood

Associate Professor

Dr. Shane Underwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. Prior to this appointment he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his doctorate degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University December of 2011. Dr. Underwood teaches courses on pavement engineering and infrastructure materials and has received multiple awards for teaching and service.


Ph.D. 2011

Civil Engineering

North Carolina State University

M.S. 2006

Civil Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S. 2003

Civil Engineering

North Carolina State University

Research Description

Dr. Underwood's research and education program focuses on materials and their interaction with society and the natural and built environments. This program pursues research, education, and service activities that evaluate, inform, and shape the science of these interactions, particularly how material decisions influence the use, function, and impact of civil infrastructure. As he and his students pursue these questions both broadly (by expanding the scope or significance of impact assessment) and deeply (by building the methods and models to better explain the physical behaviors that occur) new findings are integrated into his teaching. He and his students pursue this research in two ways. First, they use experimental mechanics and constitutive models to evaluate and understand the behavior of infrastructure materials, principally asphalt concrete. This knowledge is then exploited to better engineer the materials and/or structures to achieve sustainability and resiliency. Second, they use emerging perspectives and analytical tools to assess the role of social constructs in governing the impact of technological advances on infrastructure. Specific attention is given to pavements and with a focus on resilience due to a recognition that pavement engineering and indeed engineering of infrastructure in the built environment is facing great uncertainty.


Chemical Composition and Rheological Characteristics of Binders Containing RAP and Rejuvenator
Mansourkhaki, A., Ameri, M., Habibpour, M., & Underwood, B. S. (2020), Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 32(4), 04020026.
Development of a fatigue index parameter, S-app, for asphalt mixes using viscoelastic continuum damage theory
Development of environmentally friendly flame retardant to achieve low flammability for asphalt binder used in tunnel pavements
Sheng, Y., Wu, Y., Yan, Y., Jia, H., Qiao, Y., Underwood, B. S., … Kim, Y. R. (2020), JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 257.
Effect of Speed Bumps on Pavement Condition
Goenaga, B., Underwood, S., & Fuentes, L. (2020), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD.
Effects of aging on asphalt mixture and pavement performance
Saleh, N. F., Keshavarzi, B., Rad, F. Y., Mocelin, D., Elwardany, M., Castorena, C., … Kim, Y. R. (2020), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 258.
Evaluating interaction of fibre reinforcement mechanism with mesostructure of asphalt concrete
Noorvand, H., Castro, S., Underwood, B. S., & Kaloush, K. E. (2020), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAVEMENT ENGINEERING.
Implementation of the AASHTO M 332 Specification: A Case Study
Gundla, A., Salim, R., Shane Underwood, B., & Kaloush, K. E. (2020), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD.
Low-temperature performance grade characterisation of asphalt binder using the dynamic shear rheometer
Zeng, Z. 'A., Underwood, B. S., & Castorena, C. (2020), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAVEMENT ENGINEERING.
Molecular weight distribution of asphalt binders from Laser Desorption Mass Spectroscopy (LDMS) technique and its relationship to linear viscoelastic relaxation spectra
Gundla, A., & Underwood, B. S. (2020), FUEL, 262.
Nonlinear Viscoelastic Response of Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt Binder Under Large Strains
Gulzar, S., & Underwood, B. S. (2020), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD.

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Seasonal Effects due to Moisture Variation and Investigation of Cyclic Fatigue Temperature and End Failure on Pavement Performance
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(8/12/20 - 4/10/22)
Evaluating Recycling Agents’ Acceptance for Virginia: Test Protocols and Performance-Based Threshold Criteria
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(7/01/20 - 1/31/23)
Improving Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure to Hurricane Damage
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/21 - 12/31/22)
TFRS 01: Quality Assurance (QA) Aspects of Performance Related Specifications (PRS)
National Academy of Sciences(4/15/20 - 8/13/22)
Ruggedness and Interlaboratory Studies for Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Small Scale Dynamic Modulus
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(3/11/20 - 8/23/22)
Evolution of Pavement Friction and Macrotexture after Asphalt Overlay
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 7/31/21)
Evaluation of Inverted Pavement for NC Roadways
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 7/31/21)
Evaluation of New Asphalt Concrete Job Mix Formula Specifications
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 5/31/21)
Determining Structural Number for Forta-FI
FORTA Corporation (8/31/19 - 12/15/20)
TOPR for Performance Related Specifications Advances Quality Assurance for Pavements
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(8/02/18 - 8/01/20)