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Rafiqul A. Tarefder, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, UNM
Associate Director, SPTC, www.sptc.org
Associate Director, SOLARIS, www.unr.edu/solaris

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Oklahoma
M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering
B.S. in Civil Engineering

  • PI/Co-PI of total external funding = $12M (as PI =$10.5M; as Co-PI=$1.5M)
  • Authored 404 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles (172J, 232C) including two best paper awards, Published 54 book chapters, research reports, edited books and special issues
  • Supporting/supported 71 students (18 Ph.D., 25 M.S., 3 Postdocs, 1 Editorial Assistant, 24 undergraduate students); Graduated 11 PhDs and 21 MS students at UNM
  • Established a strong externally funded research and scholarly program at UNM, essentially from scratch, principally in the area of pavement materials and design
  • Associate Director of two USDOT funded University Transportation Centers: (1) SPTC- Region 6 UTC, and (2) SOLARIS - Tier 1 UTC
  • Led the New Mexico DOT in the calibration and implementation of of a newly developed mechanistic-empirical ME pavement design guide
  • Contributed significant new knowledge and engineering tools in the state of New Mexico's airfield pavement evaluation and rehabilitation design procedure
  • Delivered speeches/presented at more than 80 national/international conferences & symposia
  • Taught undergraduate and graduate classes in geotechnical, structure, and pavement engineering topics (9 different courses) with an average teaching evaluation of above 90% of maximum possible evaluation (max. 100%)
  • Developed Pavement Engineering, a graduate curriculum/program within the geotechnical engineering unit, which did not exist prior to my joining at UNM. It serves as a hub for relationship with local asphalt industry, paving contractors, TRB, FHWA, USDOT, City, and New Mexico DOT
  • Developed 5 new graduate courses, which have substantially strengthened the graduate course offerings in Geotechnical/Pavement Engineering program at UNM
  • Developed and equipped 2 state-of-the-art labs from scratch:(Pavement lab, Asphalt lab); Currently, these two labs have $1.5M worth of equipment and devices and are regularly used to teach graduate classes in pavement program as well as undergraduate class in cicvil engineering materials
  • Played a key role in increasing the enrollment in Geotechnical Engineering graduate program. The number of graduate students in the Geotechnical Program increased from 5 (in 2006) to over 25 (in 2019) - a growth of about 400% over a period of 13 years
  • Strong track-record of recruiting underrepresented students (8 women in M.S., 4 women in Ph.D., and 3 Hispanic origin men in M.S., 7 minority undergrads, 3 high school students) in research activities
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 2019-current
  • Chair, Annual Paving and Transportation Conference (approx. 500 attendees), 2012-current
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013-18
  • Lead Editor, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG) Newsletter, 2009-19
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2014-16
  • Guest Editor, Engineering Mechanics Institute's Special Publication, ASCE, Guest Editor - Indian Geotechnical Journal, Guest Editor - International Journal of Geomechanics
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Pavements; Editorial Board of International Journal of Geomechanics
  • Appointed Member, Transportation Research Board Committees, National Research Council, National Academies, 2010-now
  • National Council Member (Rocky Mountain District Councillor) of Chi Epsilon, a Civil Engineering Honor Society, 2014-current
  • Organized and co-chaired NSF Sponsored International Workshop on Energy and Sustainability in 2010 in China. Also, Organized EMI symposium in 2010 in LA
  • Served in NSF panel several times; chaired sessions in several conferences; reviewed proposals for several agencies & reviewer for more than 15 journals
  • Chair of Civil Engineering Curriculum Fee Committee; Served on several CE committees (Graduate Committee, Strategic Initiative Committee, Equipment Committee, CE Faculty Search Committee Chair; Juniror Faculty Mentoring) and SOE Policy Committee. SOE Summer Outreach Program: funded high-school students in 2013, 2014; Faculty Senate's Research Policy Committee Member
  • Faculty Advisor to Chi Epsilon Student Chapter at UNM; Faculty Advisor to Bangladesh Student Association at UNM which brings a lot of diversity in the campus

Department of Civil Engineering, MSC01 1070
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-6083
Fax: (505) 277-1988