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Inducted February 2011

Dr. Jon A. Epps

 

The Hot-Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame recognizes Dr. Jon A. Epps for contributions that have that have led to significant advancements, as well as new and updated standards in the fields of asphalt pavements and materials. He has long and faithfully served the asphalt pavement industry and is recognized as a leading authority who continues to promote improved quality in asphalt research and technology.

   

Dr. Epps earned his undergraduate and master's degrees as well as a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is well as a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is well recognized by his peers and others throughout the industry as an expert on a variety of industry-related topics such as asphalt mixture properties, maintenance management, recycling of pavement materials, pavement design, and the economics of pavement systems.

 

The many contributions of Dr. Epps to the asphalt industry stem from more than 40 years of experience in both research and field construction activities. Dr. Epps spent ten years in the private sector as Engineering Services manager for Granite Construction, Inc., one of the largest transportation construction companies in the United States. He has also spent 32 years in leadership positions and two land-grant universities - Texas A&M and the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been active with the National Asphalt Pavement Association and has served as a chairman or member of several committees since 1986.

 

Dr. Epps has published more than 250 papers and made many formal presentations on topics such as asphalt mixture properties, maintenance management, recycling of pavement materials, pavement design, and the economics of pavement systems. His achievements in both the academic and private sectors are extensive. His professional interests and research in the academic arena include fatigue of hot-mix asphalt; maintenance management systems; soil stabilization index system; energy use in pavement construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and maintenance; alternative binder systems; recycling materials for highway use; water sensitivity of hot-mix asphalt; paving fabric design considerations; use of crumb rubber in paving applications; and others.

 

Best recognized for his landmark contributions to asphalt pavement recycling in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Epps led the movement to show both the industry and agencies that recycling was practical and effective through work sponsored by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program at a time when oul supply was short. In another NCHRP sponsored study in the 1990s, Dr. Epps led an effort to tie asphalt mix properties to pavement performance. Known as WesTrack, this work showed the importance that mix characteristics and variability play in determining the life of asphalt pavements. These two outstanding examples of Dr. Epps' research have stood the test of time as researchers and practitioners alike continue to apply the results to current efforts.

 

Throughout his long career, Dr. Epps has served as an advocate for the research and development of high-quality asphalt pavements. Dr. Epps' record of leadership, his significant accomplishments and personal integrity have been an outstanding benefit to the National Asphalt Pavement Association and the asphalt pavement industry.