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Professor Muhammet Vefa Akpınar
Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey

Dr. Akpınar received Ph.D. from Kansas State University, Kansas and Master degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA.

Dr. Akpınar has worked as a professional engineering in Houston, Texas. He was involved in QC/QA issues on geotechnical and pavement fields. Dr. Akpınar worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at Kansas State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio and Texas states.

Dr. Akpinar’s teaching and research interests focus primarily on pavement mechanics and advanced modeling, pavement interlayer systems, and nondestructive evaluation. He has been working on transportation infrastructure instrumentation, full-scale accelerated testing, modeling of concrete and asphalt pavement response to tire loading, pavement fracture and modeling of pavement interface systems, accelerated pavement testing and improvement of weak base layers with geocell cells.

He has been the principal investigator on several major pavement instrumentation projects, including projects completed for the Turkish National Science Foundation, TUBİTAK. He has a solid working relationship with the Turkish Highway General Office, TCK and has completed several major forensic investigations to identify causes of pavement failure. By combining advanced non-destructive testing results he has successfully identified problems with flexible pavements in Trabzon. He is currently assisting TCK with the implementation of the APT procedure into their project-level pavement design system.

MR. Akpinar’s more recent research has been involved with the design and development of the full-scale Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility at KTÜ. Currently, he is the principal investigator on the Accelerated Pavement Testing Program which is the only program available in Turkey and one of the most comprehensive programs in Europe. As part of this effort, he is building pavement deterioration curves based on information stored in the Flexible Pavement Data Base. One important aspect of this system is the development and implementation of a mechanistic pavement design procedure for Turkish highways.