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Feb. 8, 2019

MSU professor named Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Karim Chatti of Michigan State University has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, the country’s oldest national engineering society.

Chatti is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and the director of the University Transportation Center for Highway Pavement Preservation.

ASCE Fellows have made contributions and developed creative solutions that have enhanced lives. This year’s winnerswill be recognized at the 2019 Outstanding Projects and Leaders Gala in Arlington, Va., on March 14.

Chatti is an internationally recognized expert in pavement engineering. His research focuses on mechanistic modeling of pavement systems, including pavement dynamics, vehicle-pavement interaction, pavement roughness, rolling resistance and vehicle operating costs, continuous structural health monitoring and pavement preservation.

Neeraj Buch, interim chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said Chatti’s honor is a fitting tribute to his professional accomplishments. 

“Karim has an excellent research record in the area of pavement infrastructure and has also made significant contributions to professional practice,” Buch said. “Karim was instrumental in helping MSU become the first university in the country to have a University Transportation Center for the preservation of highway pavements.”

Chatti joined MSU as a visiting assistant professor from 1993-‘95, then worked as a consultant for Morrison-Knudsen Corp. and the National Highway Authority in Pakistan and STUDI Engineering in Tunisia.

He joined MSU as a tenure-track faculty member in 1998. He has advised more than 30 graduate students, including 12 doctorate students and has also mentored postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate student researchers.  

He has been involved in 40 research projects, totaling $15 million, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and other governmental agencies.

By: Patricia Mroczek