Bruce native Dr. Ray Brown, a research civil engineer in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss., has been named the recipient of the Roll of Honor Award from the Asphalt Institute and has also been named to the Hot Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame by the National Asphalt Pavement Assoc-iation (NAPA).
The Asphalt Institute is a U.S.-based association of international petroleum asphalt/bitumen producers, manufacturers and affiliated businesses. The institute’s mission is to promote the use, benefits and quality performance of petroleum asphalt and the Roll of Honor Award, established in 1965, is the highest level of recognition bestowed by the group.
Winners are announced each year at the Asphalt Institute annual meeting and recipients receive a framed scroll and a polished brass medallion to commemorate the event. Honorees are selected, based on career merit, by the institute’s Personnel Advisory Committee and can be either living or deceased.
NAPA is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of hot mix asphalt producers and paving contractors on the national level with Congress, government agencies and other national trade and business organizations. The group was established in 1955 and supports active research programs, provides technical, educational and marketing materials to members, and supplies technical information to users of paving materials.
The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions of national importance to the industry.
Brown earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. He earned his doctorate also in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
Brown began his ERDC career in 1969 and worked as a civil engineer until 1987, when he left ERDC to teach civil engineering at Auburn University. He moved through the ranks of the Alabama-based school, beginning with assistant professor and moving up to serve as both professor and as director of Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology. He returned to ERDC in 2007 to, once again, work in asphalt research, and has continued his work with Auburn University as an emeritus professor.
Brown is the author of “New Pavement Materials,” a book published in 1988, and co-author of “Hot Mix Asphalt Materials, Mixture Design and Construction,” published in 1996. He is also the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles and technical papers. Past awards include the Commander’s Research and Development Achievement Award, the Transportation Research Board (TRB)’s K.B. Woods Award for best paper in design and construction and best poster presentation in the asphalt section of the TRB 2009 annual conference.
Brown’s top contributions to the fields of asphalt and paving include: the development of statistical specifications, manuals, and national and international training for airfield asphalt pavement; serving as lead researcher in development of asphalt content test equipment that eliminated use of hazardous materials; serving as primary organizer of the NCAT Professor Training Course, a course has trained more than 350 university professors in asphalt technology; and serving as director of NCAT at Auburn University as it grew from a budget of $500,000 to $5,000,000.
He will be presented with the NAPA Hot Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame Award at the 55th annual meeting on Jan. 20.
The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with more than 2,000 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and an annual research program exceeding $1 billion. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the Department of Defense and the nation.