Behzad Behnia has been appointed assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering at Clarkson University.
He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Tehran, his master of science degree in civil engineering from Iran University of Science & Technology, and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Before coming to this position, Behnia was an assistant professor at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., and a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His research interests include infrastructure materials, smart transportation infrastructure, NDT&E methods, pavement & railroad engineering, and numerical modeling.
Behnia was awarded external funding for three research projects, including “Fracture Performance Characterization of Fibers Reinforced Asphalt Concrete,” “Evaluation of Glassy Transition Temperature of Polymer-modified Asphalt Binders” and “Reflective Cracking in Asphalt Mixtures containing high RAS content.”
As an instructor at Western New England University, Behnia taught several classes in civil engineering, such as construction materials, railroad engineering, transportation engineering, data acquisition and processing, and computer programming. He also has experience in teaching as an instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Behnia's recent honors include being selected to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and Western New England University in 2014 and 2015.
He has written extensively in peer-reviewed journal publications and conference papers and had made technical presentations around the United States as well as in Europe. In addition, he is journal reviewer for eight professional publications.
Behnia's memberships include the American Society of Civil Engineering, American Society of Non-Destructive Testing, American Concrete Institute, American Society for Engineering Education, and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. He also serves on Transportation Research Board Committees and is an affiliate member the National University Rail Center.
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