Shane Underwood


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.


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.
Characterization of the permanent deformation of asphalt mixtures based on indexes and on pavement structural performance
Barros, L. M., Nascimento, L. A., Sacramento Aragao, F. T., Underwood, B. S., & Pivetta, F. do C. (2022), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 326.
Correlation of asphalt binder linear viscoelasticity (LVE) parameters and the ranking consistency related to fatigue cracking resistance
Yang, K., Li, R., Castorena, C., & Underwood, B. S. (2022), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 322.
Cracking performance predictions using index-volumetrics relationships with direct tension cyclic fatigue test and Illinois Flexibility Index Test (I-FIT)
Jeong, J., Underwood, S., & Kim, Y. R. (2022), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 315.
Development of an analytical framework for evaluation of critical fiber length in asphalt concrete with a fiber pullout test
Noorvand, H., Mobasher, B., Underwood, S., & Kaloush, K. (2022), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 360.
Effect of laboratory oxidative aging on dynamic shear rheometer measures of asphalt binder fatigue cracking resistance
Yang, K., Li, R., Underwood, B. S., & Castorena, C. (2022), CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 337.
Evaluation of Recycling Agent and Extender Dosage Selection Procedures to Restore the High-Temperature Climatic Performance Grade
Fried, A., Xue, L. G., Gulzar, S., Preciado, J., Underwood, B. S., & Castorena, C. (2022, February 5), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 2.
Evaluation of Structural Performance of Pavements under Extreme Events: Flooding and Heatwave Case Studies
Matini, N., Gulzar, S., Underwood, S., & Castorena, C. (2022, March 9), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 3.
Method to Reduce Uncertainty in the Prediction of Pavement Condition With a Lower Sample Frequency
Goenaga, B., Karanam, D., & Underwood, B. S. (2022, April 12), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 4.
Molecular-based asphalt oxidation reaction mechanism and aging resistance optimization strategies based on quantum chemistry
Liu, S., Shan, L., Li, G., Underwood, B. S., & Qi, C. (2022), MATERIALS & DESIGN, 223.

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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 - 2/10/23)