Elham H. Fini, Ph.D. P.E.

Assistant ProfessorFini

Vita         Faculty Profile


Contact: 434 McNair Hall
Email: efini@ncat.edu
Ph: (336) 285-3676
Fax: (336) 334-7126


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008
M.S. Sharif University of Technology 2003
B.S. Isfahan University of Technology 2000

Teaching Interest

CIEN 350 Transportation Engineering
CIEN 550 Transportation Design
CIEN 480 Construction Engineering
CIEN 482 Construction Project

Research Interest

Sustainable Building Materials, Advanced Material Characterization, Infrastructure Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, Highway design, Asphalt and Modified Binder Rheology, Pavement Material’s Surface Tension Characteristics, Advanced Material Characterization, Full-scale Accelerated Testing, Pavement Preservation, Pavement Fracture

Research Projects

  • CAREER: Integrated Research and Education to Improve Pavement Sustainability Using Bio-Binder, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1150695, 2012-2017. (PI), $400,000 (active)
  • Production and Characterization of Bio-based Adhesives from Swine Manure, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1040246, 2010-2013. (PI), $220,603.00 (active)
  • U.S. – United Kingdom Collaborative Research on Production of Bio-adhesive from Bio-mass, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1046141, 2010-2012. (PI), $19,998.00 (active)
  • Using Project Based Learning to Implement Sustainability Concepts into Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curriculum, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, (TEES), HRD-0930243. 2011-2012, (PI) $10,000.00 (active)
  • Supplemental Grant, Implementation of Superpave Asphalt Binder Technology into Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curriculum, Proposal number: 0928213, 2009-2012. (PI), $14,096.00 (active)
  • Development and Characterization of Bio-Binder from Swine Manure for Use in Pavements, National Science Foundation, (NSF 09-29) Proposal number: 0955001, 2009-2011. (PI), $29,971.00 (completed)
  • Interdisciplinary Experimental Studies, Teaching and Training: Use of By-Products of Bio-fuel from Swine Manure in Construction Adhesives Major Research Instrumentation, National Science Foundation (NSF 09-502), Proposal number: 0923425, 2009-2012. (PI), $317,965.00 (active).

Invited Talks

  • Sustainable Construction Materials and Their Economic Impact, TV interview, North Carolina People With William Friday, http://video.unctv.org/video/2157218101
  • Sustainable Adhesives from Bio-mass, University of Nottingham, U.K., May 24, 2011.
  • Sustainability in Highway Construction Materials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 29, 2011.
  • Sustainable Development in Pavement Construction, Sharif University of Technology, Iran. December 12, 2011.

Selected Publications

  • Fini, E. H., E. W. Kalberer, G. Shahbazi, M. Basti, Z. You, H. Ozer and Q. Aurangzeb, “Bio-Binder from Swine Manure: A Sustainable Modifier for Asphalt Binder,” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0000237, Vol. 23, No.11, pp. 1506-1513. 2011
  • Mills-Beale, J., Z. You E. Fini and B. Zada, “Investigation of Aging Influence on Rheology of Petroleum Asphalt Modified with Bio-binder,” ASCE Journal of Materials, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), 2011, (accepted)
  • Fini, E. H., I. L. Al-Qadi, Z. You, B. Zada, and J. Mills-Beale, “Partial Replacement of Binder with Bio-binder: Characterization and Modification to Meet Grading System” submitted to International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 2011. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10298436.2011.596937
  • Fini, E. H., T. Abu-Lebdeh, “Bonding Property of Bituminous Crack Sealants in the Presence of Water,” American Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2011.
  • You., Z., J. Mills-Beale, E. H. Fini, Sh.W. Goh, and B. Colbert, “Evaluation of Low-Temperature Binder Properties of Warm Mix Asphalt, Extracted and Recovered RAP and RAS, and Bioasphalt,” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Vol. 23, No. 11, pp. 1569 – 1574, 2011,  http://ascelibrary.org/mto/resource/3/jmcexx/252
  • Fini E., I. L. Al-Qadi, “Development of Sealant Blister Test,” ASCE Journal of Materials, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), 2010, (In press).