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Elected October 1991

Francis N. Hveem



A native of California, Mr. Hveem began his 46-year career with the California Department of Transportation in 1917. He worked his way up through the ranks, serving as Assistant Resident Engineer, Resident Engineer, and Maintenance Superintendent. In 1929, he was assigned to the central Materials and Research Laboratory in Sacramento, CA and in 1961 he was appointed Materials and research Engineer, the position he held until his retirement.


During his tenure at the Materials and Research Laboratory, he conducted and fostered research that has been of significant importance to the asphalt paving industry. Tests developed under his guidance include the Sand Equivalent test, American Society for Materials and Testing (ASTM) D 2419, the Rolling Thin Film Oven test, ASTM D 2872, the Kneading Compactor, the Hveem Stabilimeter, and the Hveem Cohesiometer, ASTM D 1560. These latter three are used in the Hveem procedures for designing asphalt paving mixtures. The Hveem mix design procedures are used currently by several western and mid-western stated and are taught in engineering schools throughout the United States.


A prolific writer, he contributed to over 60 publications and lectured widely. In 1956, he received the Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award of the Highway Research Board and in 1963 shared the W.J. Emmons Award presented by the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists.


Among his many professional affiliations were memberships in the Highway Research Board, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. He became a Life Member of AAPT in 1974 and an Honorary Member in 1985.