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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 at UNM = $12 million (as PI =$10.5M; as Co-PI=$1.5M); participation in research grants over $20M
  • Published 377 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles (158J, 219C) including two best paper awards
  • Supporting/supported 71 students (18 Ph.D., 25 M.S., 3 Postdocs, 1 Editorial Assistant, 24 undergraduate students) at UNM. Graduated 11 PhDs and 21 MS students at UNM
  • Developed a strong, nationally and internationally reputed, externally-funded reaserach program: Pavement Engineering, which did not exist prior to my joining at UNM
  • Led the state efforts for the implementation of pavement ME design in New Mexico. Led the statewide airfield pavement evaluation efforts of NM
  • Partnered and collaborated with 10 universities and received U.S. DOT funding (Associate Director) for two Transportation Centers: SPTC - Region 6 center; SOLARIS - Tier 1 center
  • Delivered speeches/presented at more than 80 national and international conferences and invited seminars and workshops
  • Developed Pavement Engineering - a graduate research and teaching program within the Geotechnical engineering unit. It serves as a hub for relationship with local asphalt industry, paving contractors, TRB, FHWA, USDOT, City, and New Mexico DOT
  • Taught more than 20 classes since joining UNM with average student evaluation above 90%
  • Developed 5 new graduate courses, which have substantially strengthened the graduate course offerings in Geotechnical/Pavement Engineering program at UNM
  • Developed three state-of-the-art labs from scratch; these labs: (Advanced Pavement Testing Lab, Binder Chemistry Lab, and Materials Processing/Fabrication Lab) have equipment and devices worth $1.5M
  • Played a key role in increasing the enrollment in Geotechnical Engineering graduate program; a growth of about 300% over a period of 10 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.) in graduate studies and undergraduate students (7 minority undergrads), 3 high school students in research activities to develop future transportation workforce and establish a student pipeline into the graduate program
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Lead Editor, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG) Newsletter
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • Guest Editor, Special Publication of Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE, Indian Geotechnical Journal, ASCE's International Journal of Geomechanics
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Pavements; Editorial Board of International Journal of Geomechanics
  • Chair, Annual Paving and Transportation Conference (approx. 500 attendees)
  • Appointed Member, Transportation Research Board Committees, National Research Council, National Academies
  • National Council Member (Rocky Mountain District Councillor) of Chi Epsilon, a Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • 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 Chair; Juniror Faculty Mentoring). SOE Policy Committee, SOE's Ranking Committee, University's Faculty Senate Resreach Policy Committee
  • Faculty Advisor to Bangladesh Student Association at UNM which brings a lot of diversity in the campus; Faculty Advisor to Chi Epsilon Student Chapter

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