On Thursday, March 8th, 2018, ARTEL had its first group meeting in the S.J. Carew building at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). This was attended by Dr. Kamal Hossain, and by his three Ph.D. students, one master’s student via Skype, and three co-op students.
The discussion was led by Dr. Hossain concerning the goals of ARTEL and the current research projects and initiatives. Several goals and main research projects with an emphasis on cutting-edge research topics such as climate change impact, bio-binder, and nano-materials, life cycle analysis were discussed as well as side projects that could be implemented in the future concerning asphalt construction, rehabilitation, and pavement-vehicle interactions.
These topics are being looked into by a group with a myriad of background disciplines from the pavement, process, mechanical, and computer engineering, pooling and exchanging their knowledge. Each member had the chance to discuss their personal research projects, their development so far, and their visions for the project in the future.
The next meeting is expected to take place within the next two weeks.