Benjamin Underwood


  • Fitts-Woolard Hall 3315A

Dr. Shane Underwood is a 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.


Assessment of Conventional and Engineered Surface Asphalt Mixtures Through Empirical and Fundamental Performance Tests
Othman, O., Underwood, B. S., Habbouche, J., Boz, I., & Diefenderfer, S. D. (2024, March 29), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD.
Characterization of binder, mastic, and FAM film thickness within asphalt concrete mixtures
Souza, T. D., Enriquez-Leon, A. J., Gomes, O. da F. M., Mesquita, A. R., Ulsen, C., Underwood, B. S., & Araga, F. T. S. (2024), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 421.
Evaluation of Alternative Approaches to Restore the Rheology of Recycled Asphalt Binders
Fried, A., Boz, I., Preciado, J., Gulzar, S., Underwood, B. S., Castorena, C., & Habbouche, J. (2024, March 29), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 3.
Mechanical Properties and Performance of Mixtures Containing a High Level of Recycled Materials That Are Designed Using Alternative Approaches
Isied, M., Mocelin, D. M., Preciado, J., Vestena, P., Underwood, B. S., Kim, Y. R., & Castorena, C. (2024, April 13), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 4.
Mechanical Properties and Performance of Mixtures with the Same Volumetric Classification
Isied, M., Williams III, N. R., Saleh, N. F., Kuchiishi, K., Underwood, B. S., & Kim, Y. R. (2024, April 17), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 4.
Modeling damage caused by combined thermal and traffic loading using viscoelastic continuum damage theory
Zeng, Z., Kim, Y. R., Underwood, B. S., & Guddati, M. (2024), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 418.
Performance Assessment of High Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement Asphalt Mixtures with Recycling Agents
Preciado, J., Gulzar, S., Castorena, C., Underwood, B. S., Habbouche, J., & Boz, I. (2024, April 3), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 4.
An investigation into the nonlinear rheological behavior of modified asphalt binders using large amplitude oscillatory shear rheology
Gulzar, S., Castorena, C., & Underwood, S. (2023), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAVEMENT ENGINEERING, 24(1).
Asphalt mixture fatigue damage and failure predictions using the simplified viscoelastic continuum damage (S-VECD) model
Zeng, Z., Kim, Y. R., Underwood, B. S., & Guddati, M. (2023), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FATIGUE, 174.
Balanced Mixture Design Framework for Asphalt Mixtures Based on Index- and Performance-Volumetrics Relationships
Rocha, M. L., Aragao, F. T. S., Nascimento, L. A. H., & Underwood, B. S. (2023, April 6), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD.

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Evaluation of Macrotexture and Friction of Alternative Asphalt Surface Course Material
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/23 - 7/31/25)
Identification and Prioritization of Vulnerable Roadway Segments for Proactive Resilience Planning and Response
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/23 - 7/31/25)
Balanced Asphalt Mix Design for North Carolina
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/22 - 7/31/25)
Evaluation of RAP/RAS Stockpiles in North Carolina and Changes in these Stockpiles Over Time
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/22 - 7/31/24)
BMD+ and PEM+ Advances Mixture Performance Comparison and Next Generation Pavement Design
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(11/11/21 - 7/31/24)
Mechanistic-Based Evaluation of Performance Thresholds for Engineered Surface Asphalt Mixtures
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(2/01/22 - 6/29/24)
Asphalt Pavement Reflective Cracking Model to Better Address Rehabilitation
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(9/27/21 - 5/31/24)
Development of Friction Performance Models
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/21 - 12/31/23)
Quality Assurance (QA) Aspects of Performance Related Specifications (PRS)
National Academy of Sciences(4/15/20 - 11/30/23)
Ruggedness and Interlaboratory Studies for Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Small Scale Dynamic Modulus
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(3/11/20 - 11/23/23)