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.


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.
Criterion to Select the Maximum Aggregate Size of Fine-Aggregate Asphalt Matrices
Souza, T. D., Enriquez-Leon, A. J., Rocha, M. L., Osmari, P. H., Sacramento Aragao, F. T., Brabo Pereira, A. M., & Underwood, B. S. (2023, March 31), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD.
Early Friction and Texture Evolution After an Asphalt Overlay
Goenaga, B., Underwood, B. S., Castorena, C., & Rogers, P. (2023, January 27), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 1.
Laboratory Performance Evaluation of Alternative Approaches to Incorporate Recycled Binder Availability into Mixture Design Procedures
Mocelin, D. M., Isied, M. M., Alvis, M. C. A., Kusam, A., Underwood, B. S., Kim, Y. R., & Castorena, C. (2023, April 19), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 4.
Performance of warm asphalt mixtures containing reclaimed asphalt pavement, an anti-stripping agent, and recycling agents: A study using a balanced mix design approach
Yousefi, A. A., Haghshenas, H. F., Underwood, B. S., Harvey, J., & Blankenship, P. (2023), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 363.
Quantifying Uncertainty with Pavement Performance Models: Comparing Bayesian and Non-Parametric Methods
Karanam, G. D., Goenaga, B., & Underwood, B. S. (2023, March 12), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 3.
Repeatability and Reproducibility Analysis for Functional Test Results from Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester Cyclic Fatigue Test
Ding, J., Jeong, J., Lee, K. C., Underwood, B. S., Kim, Y. R., & Castorena, C. (2023, April 11), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 4.
Ruggedness Evaluation of Dynamic Modulus Test Using Small-Scale Test Specimens for Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester
Kuchiishi, A. K., Castorena, C., Kim, Y. R., & Underwood, B. S. (2023, April 27), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 4.
Self-healing master curves of bituminous binders: a non-linear viscoelastic continuum damage framework
Fabrizio, M., Underwood, B. S., Lucia, T., Orazio, B., & Ezio, S. (2023, February 28), ROAD MATERIALS AND PAVEMENT DESIGN.
Towards sustainable roads: A State-of-the-art review on the use of recycling agents in recycled asphalt mixtures
Gulzar, S., Fried, A., Preciado, J., Castorena, C., Underwood, S., Habbouche, J., & Boz, I. (2023). [Review of , ]. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 406.

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Balanced Asphalt Mix Design for North Carolina
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/22 - 7/31/24)
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)
Mechanistic-Based Evaluation of Performance Thresholds for Engineered Surface Asphalt Mixtures
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(2/01/22 - 6/29/24)
BMD+ and PEM+ Advances Mixture Performance Comparison and Next Generation Pavement Design
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(11/11/21 - 5/29/23)
Development of Friction Performance Models
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/21 - 7/31/23)
Michelin(2/01/21 - 3/31/21)
Modifying Existing Asphalt Mix Design Procedures for RAP/RAS Surface Mixtures
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/21 - 8/15/23)
Pavement Performance Impacts Predicted by Climate Change Models in Arizona
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)(1/01/21 - 12/31/21)
Asphalt Pavement Reflective Cracking Model to Better Address Rehabilitation
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(9/27/21 - 7/26/23)
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 - 6/10/23)