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Schedule of Events




Tuesday, September 17

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Wednesday, September 18

6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Get a day-long, behind-the-scenes tour of the nation's premiere asphalt pavements research facility — the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. IMPACT Leadership Group Conference attendees will hear directly from researchers conducting cutting-edge investigations of innovations in materials and construction techniques both in the world-class NCAT lab and the NCAT Test Track, a one-of-a-kind accelerated loading facility. The 1.7-mile oval track allows experimental pavements to undergo a decade's worth of ESALs in just two years' time; each DOT- or industry-sponsored 200-foot section of the track is built to answer pressing questions about asphalt pavement performance. Attendees will also visit NCAT's Pavement Preservation Project sites, which test different preservation treatments under real-world traffic. This tour of NCAT is a unique opportunity to see innovation at work.


Schedule of events:

7:00 am - 9:00 am - Transportation to NCAT

9:00 am - 11:00 am - Lab Tour (Group #1)

9:00 am - 11:00 am - Test Track Tour (Group #2)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Lunch

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Lab Tour (Group #2)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Test Track Tour (Group #1)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Transportation to Buckhead

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, September 19

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 

The world is changing rapidly, and we must be prepared for what comes next. Over the past five years, hover boards have become a reality and virtual reality has gone mainstream. Google has developed contact lenses that monitor blood sugar levels, and scientists have 3D-printed a heart using human tissue. While we can’t know exactly what tomorrow will bring, technological change is constant and can be harnessed to improve the way we produce and construct asphalt mixtures, as well as improve pavement performance. This session will highlight cutting-edge applications we can incorporate into operations of today, as well as a few emerging technologies that will shape the industry’s future.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

No one likes the middle. Kids fight over who sits in the middle seat for a car ride, arbitrators are paid to get in the middle between two people having an argument, and some people spend their lives feeling left out due to “middle child syndrome.” Middle management can be just as challenging. Middle managers are charged with bridging the gap between company expectations and worker needs to ensure everything runs smoothly. And while these positions do create a pipeline for future leaders of an organization, transitioning from worker to manager can be difficult. This session will provide up-and-coming leadership with techniques for becoming better managers, as well as engage in self-exploration activities to learn how to harness personal strengths and tendencies.


Friday, September 20

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.