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.


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.
Benchmarking Recycled Binder Blends Using Statistical Analysis: A Case Study of Virginia and North Carolina
Preciado, J., Gulzar, S., Fried, A., Castorena, C., Underwood, B. S., Habbouche, J., & Boz, I. (2023, July 3), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 7.
Case Studies of Asphalt Pavement Quality Assurance Specifications, Performance-Related Specifications, and Performance-Based Specifications
Saleh, N. F., DeCarlo, K., Underwood, B. S., Pine, W. J., Huber, G., Tran, N., … Kim, Y. R. (2023, May 4), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, Vol. 5.
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.
Effect of soil amendments on the compaction characteristics, hydraulic conductivity, and tire sinkage potential of roadside soils
Goenaga, B., Underwood, B. S., Tirkolaei, H., & Neithalath, N. (2023), TRANSPORTATION GEOTECHNICS, 41.
Effect of synthetic fibers on the mechanical performance of asphalt mixture: A review
Jia, H., Sheng, Y., Guo, P., Underwood, S., Chen, H., Kim, Y. R., … Ma, Q. (2023). [Review of , ]. JOURNAL OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING-ENGLISH EDITION, 10(3), 331–348.
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.

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Identification and Prioritization of Vulnerable Roadway Segments for Proactive Resilience Planning and Response
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/23 - 7/31/25)
Evaluation of Macrotexture and Friction of Alternative Asphalt Surface Course Material
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/23 - 7/31/25)
Balanced Asphalt Mix Design for North Carolina
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/22 - 7/31/24)
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)