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.


Development of a Performance-Volumetric Relationship for Asphalt Mixtures
Wang, Y. D., Ghanbari, A., Underwood, B. S., & Kim, Y. R. (2019), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2673(6), 416–430.
Effect of MSCR Percent Recovery on Performance of Polymer Modified Asphalt Mixtures
Salim, R., Gundla, A., Underwood, B. S., & Kaloush, K. E. (2019), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2673(5), 308–319.
Transportation resilience to climate change and extreme weather events - Beyond risk and robustness
Markolf, S. A., Hoehne, C., Fraser, A., Chester, M. V., & Underwood, B. S. (2019), TRANSPORT POLICY, 74, 174–186.
Effects of the International Roughness Index and Rut Depth on Crash Rates
Mamlouk, M., Vinayakamurthy, M., Underwood, B. S., & Kaloush, K. E. (2018), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2672(40), 418–429.
Fatigue and healing performance assessment of asphalt binder from rheological and chemical characteristics
Wang, C., Xie, W., & Underwood, B. S. (2018), MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 51(6).
Alternate interpretation of stress sensitivity in AASHTO T350
Stempihar, J., Gundla, A., & Underwood, B. S. (2017), In 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
Autonomous vehicles: Assessment of the implications of truck positioning on flexible pavement performance and design
Noorvand, H., Sai, G., & Underwood, B. S. (2017), Transportation Research Record, 21–28.
Correlating field performance to laboratory dynamic modulus from torsion bar and indirect tension
Yang, S., Braham, A., Underwood, B. S., Hanz, A., & Reinke, G. (2017), Road Materials and Pavement Design, 18(1), 104–127.
Development of modulus and fatigue test protocol for fine aggregate matrix for axial direction of loading
Gudipudi, P., & Underwood, B. S. (2017), Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 45(2), 497–508.
Evaluation of in situ RAP interaction in asphalt mastics using micromechanical models
Gundla, A., & Underwood, B. S. (2017), International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 18(9), 798–810.

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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 - 7/31/20)
Determining Structural Number for Forta-FI
FORTA Corporation (8/31/19 - 5/31/20)
TOPR for Performance Related Specifications Advances Quality Assurance for Pavements
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(8/02/18 - 8/01/20)
Calibration of Structural Layer Coefficients for North Carolina Asphalt Pavements
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/18 - 7/31/20)
Ruggedness and Interlaboratory Studies for Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Cylcic Fatigue test
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(9/28/17 - 3/27/20)
California Department of Transportation(2/01/18 - 1/31/20)
MEPDG Inputs for Warm Mix Asphalts
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/11 - 11/15/14)
Performance-Related Specifications for Asphaltic Binders Used in Preservation Surface Treatments
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(8/01/11 - 11/30/15)