Keynote Speakers



Y. Richard Kim,

North Carolina State University, USA

Markus Oeser, 

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Y. Richard Kim


Dr. Kim is the Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished University Professor and Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University and Changjiang Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Chang’an University in China. Changjiang Scholar is the highest academic award issued to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. He has over thirty years of experience in both the laboratory and field aspects of the performance evaluation of asphalt materials and pavements. His research is recognized by over $18 million research funding from national and international agencies, including NSF, FHWA, USDOT, NCHRP, and NCDOT, and private industries. 

Dr. Kim is a Fellow of the ASCE and the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. He is also a board member of ISAP and was the chair of the 2014 ISAP Conference on Asphalt Pavements. He has published over 300 papers in national and international technical journals and proceedings. He is the editor of the ASCE book entitled Modeling of Asphalt Concrete and the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering and the International Journal of Highway Engineering. He has won numerous awards the Alcoa Foundation (1998), the Walter J. Emmons Best Paper Awards (1997, 2006, and 2009), the NCSU Alumni Association (2014, 2016), the Alcoa Foundation (2015), the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Extension (2018), and the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence (2019). He holds a PhD from Texas A&M University.

Eyad Masad



Dr. Eyad Masad holds the Zachry Professorship in Design and Construction Integration II in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University.  He is also a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas A&M at Qatar.  He is the Executive Director of Global Partnerships in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Dr. Masad is a fellow of the ASCE, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the AAPT and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  He has served as the Chair of the Pavements Committee of the Geo-Institute.  He holds a PhD degree from Washington State University.

​Dr. Masad research focuses on microstructure characterization, constitutive modeling, and micromechanics of pavement materials and systems.  He has published more than 350 technical papers and reports including 200 journal papers.  He is also the holder of one US patent.  He is the co-author of a book on Pavement Design and Materials, which is adopted for teaching pavement courses in many universities around the world. Dr. Masad has established several research laboratories and chaired/co-chaired many conferences, symposia and workshops sponsored by professional organizations all over the world. Dr. Masad is the recipient of the James Laurie Prize (2019) from the T&DI, the Eisenhower Faculty Fellowship in Transportation Engineering (1998) from the FHWA, and the Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship (1997).  He is also the recipient of the AAPT W. J. Emmons Award (2001), and the Best Paper Award from the International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design (2004, 2017).  He received several university awards for excellence in teaching, research, and leadership.  

Markus Oeser


Since 2011 Markus Oeser University Professor and Director of the Institute of Highway Engineering, at the RWTH Aachen University and since 2015, dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Department of Geotechnics, Road Construction and Transportation at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney.

After studying at the TU Dresden at the Institute for Urban Construction and Road Construction, he worked as a research associate at the TU Dresden and received his doctorate in 2004. His habilitation took place in 2010 at the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, Road Construction and Transportation of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney with the topic "Non-linear numerical simulation models for traffic route constructions taking into account mechanical, thermal and hydraulic influences".