Inducted January 2010

Dr. E. Ray Brown


The Hot-Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame recognizes Dr. E. Ray Brown for contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the advancement of the asphalt industry. He is recognizes as a leading authority on asphalt pavements and continues to promote improved quality in asphalt research and technology.


Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of science degrees in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1969 abd 1974 respectively. He earned his doctorate from Texas A&M University in 1983. He began his career as an engineering co-op student with the Mobile District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When he completed his bachelor's degree he went to work with the Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he developed specifications, conducted research, and became the lead instructor in asphalt pavement training worldwide, training Army, Air Force and Navy personnel.


In 1987, Dr. Brown served on dual roles of Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Auburn University and Assistant Director at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT). He took the helm of NCAT in 1991 until his retirement in 2007 and under his leadership, NCAT became the preminent organization for asphalt pavement research.


He was responsible for overseeing the creation of a state-of-the-art, 1.7-mile oval test track with worldwide visibility that provides testing capabilities not available anywhere else in the U.S. This comprehensive accelerated loading facility allows various material and pavement structures to be trafficked and allows new design and evaluation tools to be quickly evaluated under full-scale conditions.


Dr. Brown developed the professor training course at NCAT to educate professors from universities across the U.S. in teaching basic knowledge of asphalt technology, thereby directly impacting the shortage of colleague graduates who have background on the subject.


Dr. Brown actively served on various committees of the National Asphalt Pavement Association and other technical organiations including the Transportation Research Board (TRB); Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT); the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM); and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), among others. He has also authored over 100 journal articles and technical reports on asphalt research.


Throughout his long career, Dr. brown has traveled the nation and the world as spokesman and advocate for high-quality asphaly pavements. Dr. Brown's record of leadership, his significant accomplishments and personal integrity have been an outstanding benefit to the National Asphalt Pavement Association and the asphalt industry.