Faculty Profile

William G Buttlar

Civil and Environmental Engineering
William G Buttlar
William G Buttlar

Primary Research Area

  • Transportation Engineering

Education

  • * Including Two-Year Residency at University of Florida (Eisenhower Fellowship Program)
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering Penn State University* 1996
  • M.S. Civil Engineering Penn State University 1992
  • B.S. (w/honors) Civil Engineering Penn State University 1989

Academic Positions

  • Glen Barton Endowed Chair in Flexible Pavements, University of Missouri, Effective May 16, 2016
  • Associate Dean for Graduate, Professional and Online Programs, College of Engineering, 2014-Present (50%)
  • Associate Dean, Graduate College, 2011-2013 (50%)
  • Founding Director of Online and Blended Programs, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2010-Present
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008-Present
  • Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002-2008
  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996-2002

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Major Consulting Activities

  • UILabs, Chicago, IL
  • Marathon Petroleum, Findlay, Ohio
  • US RAS Association, Midwest, Chicago, IL, Forensic Investigation of Pavement Cracking
  • BB&E, Northville, MI, Airfield Pavement Consulting
  • MWV Corporation, Atlanta, GA, Technical Testing and Analysis
  • Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Inc., Tallahassee, FL Providing consulting services to NGTSI related to airfield pavement materials and pavement design.
  • SemMaterials Company, Tulsa, OK, Review of Performance-Related Pavement Designs

Professional Registrations

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Illinois 1998-Present License #062-052460

Research Interests

  • Strategic Integration of MOOCs at Research Universities
  • Online Education
  • Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation
  • Transportation Policy
  • Pavement Management
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Finite Element Analysis and Constitutive Model Development
  • Pavement Instrumentation
  • Pavement Fracture
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Materials and Systems

Research Areas

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • Mechanisms of Cracking and Debonding in Asphalt and Composite Pavements: RILEM State-of-the-Art Report (STAR), ed. W.Buttlar, A.Chabot, E.Dave, C.Petit, and G.Tebaldi, In Progress, RILEM, 2015.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Advancing Airfield Pavements, Chicago IL, August 2001, Editors W.G. Buttlar and J.E. Naughton III.

Chapters in Books

  • Buttlar, W. G., Chabot, A.C., and P. Hornich. Chapter 1: RILEM STAR Report on Mechanisms of Cracking and Debonding in Asphalt and Composite Pavements, 2015.
  • Bashin, A., Masad, E., Kutay, M.E., Buttlar, W.G., Kim, Y., Marasteanu, M., Kim, Y.R., Schwartz, C.W., and L.R. Carvalho, "Applications of Advanced Models to Understand Behavior and Performance of Asphalt Mixtures ," Transportation Research E-Circular, Transportation Research Board, Issue E-C161, 2012.
  • Buttlar, W. G., Roque, R., and D. R. Hiltunen. Chapter 14: Prediction of Thermal Cracking with TCMODEL, in Modeling of Asphalt Concrete, ASCE Press, MrGraw Hill, Y.R. Kim, Ed., pp. 405-428, 2008.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Zhe, S., Farace, N., Behnia, B. Buttlar, W.G., and Reis, H., (2015), ￿Quantitative evaluation of rejuvenators to restore embrittlement temperatures in oxidized asphalt mixtures using acoustic emission,￿ Journal of Acoustic Emission, Accepted, May, 2015.
  • Haser, A. Behnia, B., McGovern, M.E., and H. Reis, ￿Monitoring Viscosity in Asphalt Binders using an Ultrasonic Guided Wave Approach,￿ Insight Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring Journal, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 25-34, 2015
  • Chaiwat, N.M. and W.G. Buttlar, "Cyclic Loading Behavior of Asphalt Concrete Using Disk-Shaped Compact Tension and Released Energy Approach," Road Materials and Pavement Design, 2015 (accepted).
  • Behnia, B., Buttlar, W.G., and H. Reis, "Cooling Cycle Effects on Low Temperature Cracking Characteristics of Asphalt Concrete Mixtures￿, Journal of Materials and Structures, DOI 10.1617/s11527-014-0310-y, 2014.
  • Arnold, J. Behnia, B., Buttlar, W.G., and H. Reis, ￿Quantitative Evaluation of Low-Temperature Performance of Sustainable Asphalt Pavements Containing Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS)￿, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 58C, pp 1-8, 2014
  • Islam, M.S., Buttlar, W.G., Aldunate, R.G., and W.R. Vavrik, "Measurement of Pavement Roughness Using an Android-Based Smartphone Application," Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Issue 2457, pp. 30￿38, 2014.
  • Buttlar, W.G., Hill, B.C., Kim, Y.R., Kutay, M.E., Millien, A., Montepara, A., Paulino, G.H., Petit, C., Pop, I.O., Romeo, E., Roncella, R., Safavizadeh, S.A., Tabaldi, G., and A. Wargo, ￿Digital image correlation techniques to investigate strain fields and cracking phenomena in asphalt materials,￿ Materials and Structures, 47:8 , pp. 1373-1390, 2014.
  • McGovern, M.E., Behnia, B., Buttlar, W.G., and H. Reis, "Non-collinear wave mixing of critically refracted longitudinal waves for estimation of oxidative aging in asphalt concrete pavements ,"INSIGHT￿Nondestructive Testing and Condition Monitoring, In Press, 2014.
  • McGovern, M.E., Buttlar, W.G., and H. Reis, "Characterization of oxidative aging in asphalt concrete using a non-collinear ultrasonic wave mixing approach," INSIGHT￿Nondestructive Testing and Condition Monitoring, Vol. 56, No. 7, pp. 367-374, 2014.
  • McGovern, M.E., Behnia, B., Buttlar, W.G., and H. Reis, "Characterization of oxidative aging in asphalt concrete ￿ Part 2: Complex moduli estimation," INSIGHT, Journal of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, Accepted, June, 2013.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • 10. McGovern, M.E., Buttlar, W.G., and Reis, H., (2015), Assessment of Oxidative aging in asphalt concrete pavements with unknown acoustic properties, presented at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Conference, Baltimore, USA, May 18-20, 2015. (16 pages)
  • 9. Behnia, B., Buttlar, W.G., Reis, H., 2015, ￿Estimation of Low-Temperature Cracking in Asphalt Concrete Pavements using an Acoustic Emission Approach,￿ presented at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Conference, Baltimore, USA, May 18-20, 2015. (13 pages).
  • 8. Sun, Z., Farace, N., Arnold, J.W., Buttlar, W.G., and Reis, H., 2015, ￿Quantitative evaluation of rejuvenators to restore embrittlement temperatures to oxidized asphalt mixtures using acoustic emission,￿ SPIE Smart Structures and Materials, Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, International Society for Optics and Photonics, March 8-12, 2015. (14 pages).
  • 7. McGovern, M.E., and Reis, H., 2015, ￿Linear and nonlinear characterization of limestone,￿ SPIE Smart Structures and Materials, Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, International Society for Optics and Photonics, March 8-12, 2015. (15 pages).
  • 6. Haser, A., McGovern, M.E., Behnia, B., Buttlar, W.G., and Reis, H., 2015, ￿Monitoring Viscosity in Asphalt Binders using an temperatures to Oxidized asphalt mixtures using acoustic emission,￿ SPIE Smart Structures and Materials, Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, International Society for Optics and Photonics, March 8-12, 2015. (15 pages).
  • 5. McGovern, M.E., B. Behnia, B.B. Hill, W.G. Buttlar, and H. Reis, (2014), ￿Characterization of oxidative aging in asphalt concrete pavements using its complex moduli,￿ SPIE Smart Structures/NDE / Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems Conference, San Diego, CA, March 9-13, 2014. doi:10.1117/12.2044781, 2014.
  • Hill, B.C., Londono, O.G., Buttlar, W.G., and G.H. Paulino, "Coupling Discrete Element Models with Digital Image Correlation Displacement Fields to Simulate Low Temperature Asphalt Concrete Fracture," USNCCM13, San Diego, CA, July 2015.
  • Islam, M.S., Buttlar, W.G., Aldunate, R.G., and W.R. Vavrik, "Use of Cellphone Application to Measure Pavement Roughness," Second Transportation & Development Congress, Orlando, FL, pp. 553-563, 2014.
  • Behnia, B., Dave, E., Buttlar, W.G., and H. Reis ￿Acoustic Emissions (AE) Technique for Evaluation of Embrittlement Temperature of Asphalt Binders￿, 5th European Asphalt Technology Association, Germany, June 2013.
  • Hill, B.C., Ramos, V.C.L., Paulino, G.H., and W.G. Buttlar, "Discrete Element Modeling of Asphalt Concrete Fracture Using Digital Image Correlation Displacement Fields," 12th U.S. National Congress for Computational Mechanics, Raleigh, NC, July 2013 (Accepted)

Invited Lectures

  • "Advances in Cracking Research in the US"
  • "Rehabilitation of Runway 9R at ORD using Fracture-Based Overlay Design"
  • "Recent Advances in Pavement Cracking Assessment, Prediction, and Anti-Cracking Designs in the US"
  • "DC(T) for Control of Thermal Cracking and Other Cracking Forms "
  • "Towards a Fatigue Performance Test Using the DC(T) Test and Released Energy Approach"
  • "Building Crack-Resistance in Modern Mixes Including RAS using Performance Tests "
  • "Future of Online Graduate Education in US and Abroad"
  • "Building Rut and Crack Resistance into Mixture Design"
  • "Advances in Pavement Cracking Research in the US"
  • McGovern, M., and Buttlar, W.G., and Reis, H, ￿Characterization of oxidative aging in asphalt concrete using a non-collinear ultrasonic wave mixing approach￿

Magazine Articles

  • Buttlar, W.G., "Green and Good: Addressing Cracking in Recycled Asphalt Mixes," Roads and Bridges, February, 2015.

Journal Editorships

  • International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, Editor-In-Chief, 2014-Present
  • Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Editoral Board, 2013-Present
  • International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, Special Issue on Numerical Modeling and Simulation, ed. W.G. Buttlar and E.V. Dave, 2010
  • International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, Associate Editor 2005-2014
  • Proceedings of the ASCE Airfield Pavements Conference, "Advancing Airfield Pavements," ed. W.G. Buttlar and J.E. Naughton, 2001

Professional Societies

  • Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, Board of Directors, Member at Large (elected by members), 2013-2014
  • FHWA Expert Task Group, Pavement Modeling, Member, 2008-2013
  • RILEM Committee MCD, Chair, 2011-Present
  • Transportation Research Board, AFK-40 Committee Member 2011-Present
  • RILEM Committee ATB, Advanced Testing and Characterization of 2004-Present Bituminous Materials, Member of 3 Subcommittees
  • RILEM Committee CAP, Member, Subcommittee on Fracture Modeling (TG3) 2004-Present
  • RILEM Committee CAP, Subcommittee Chair, Fracture Testing (TG2) 2004-Present
  • International Society for Asphalt Pavements, Committee on Constitutive 2003-Present Modeling of Asphalt Materials, Committee Member
  • RILEM Cracking in Pavements Conference (Chicago, IL, June 2008), 2006-Present Scientific Committee Member
  • RILEM 5th International Conference on Cracking in Pavements 2003-2004 (Limoges, France, May 2004), Scientific Committee

Service on Department Committees

  • Ad-Hoc Committee for 3rd Year Review, Dr. Armando Duarte 2007 Ad-Hoc Promotion Committee, Dr. Eberhard Morgenroth 2006
  • Advisory Committee, Chair 2008-2009
  • Ad-Hoc Promotion Committee for Dr. Armando Duarte, Chair 2009
  • Ad-Hoc Promotion Committee for Dr. Yanfeng Ouyang, Member, 2010
  • Ad-Hoc Promotion Committee for Dr. Jeff Roesler, Member, 2010
  • CEE Advisory Committee, 2010-Present
  • CEE Online Committee, Chair, 2010-2011
  • ICT Search Committees, Member of numerous search committees between 2008-Present
  • Chair, Ad-Hoc Promotion Committee for Dr. Bassem Andrawes
  • Chair, Ad-hoc Promotion Committee for Professor Dan Kuchma, CEE

Service on College Committees

  • College of Engineering Executive Committee, Member, 2013-2014 (elected position)
  • Member, College of Engineering Leadership Committee (on online Education), 2012-Present
  • CEE Head Search Committee, Member 2009

Service on Campus Committees

  • Chair, Task Force on Campus Approval Processes for Educational Programs, Reporting to Senate ExCom and Provost's Office, April-October, 2015
  • Co-chair, Campus Leadership Group on Smart Cities/Healthy Cities, 2014-Present
  • Member, College of Engineering Committee on Expanding Presence in Chicago ("Chicago Labs"), 2012-Present
  • Panel Moderator and Panelist, Faculty Job Search Retreat, Sponsored by the Graduate College, July 19, 2012
  • Google and Intel Fellowship Panelist, Graduate College, Spring 2012
  • Campus IGERT Competition Panel Member, Graduate College, Spring 2012
  • Co-Chair, Grad College Committee on External Education and External Degrees (CEEED), 2011-Present
  • Ex-officio member, Grad College Executive Committee, 2011-Present
  • Member, Grad College Subcommittee (of Executive Committee), 2011-Present
  • Chair, Campus Working Group on Online Graduate Education, 2012-Present

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC), Penn State College of Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013 - Present
  • Board Member, Kingdom's Cause Community Home Repair NPO, 2013-Present
  • National Superpave Expert Task Group (Invited Position), Federal Highway Administration, Fundamental Properties and Advanced Modeling 2006-Present
  • Board Member, Prairie Fields Homeowner's Association, 2009-2011

Other Outside Service

  • Strategic Advisory Committee, Project City Smart at U+I Labs, Chicago IL, 2014-Present
  • Reviewer for Numerous Conferences Related to Asphalt Pavements, Materials, and Pavement Mechanics
  • Materials and Structures
  • International Journal of Pavement Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry and Physics
  • International Journal of Solids and Structures
  • International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design
  • Journal of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists
  • Journal of the Transportation Research Board
  • Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE

Teaching Honors

  • UIUC Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (2005, 2012, 2013)
  • University of Illinois, College of Engineering (2004)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter (2003)
  • University of Illinois, College of Engineering, Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (2000)
  • University of Illinois, College of Engineering, Teaching College (1997)
  • Listed on Incomplete List of Teachers Rated as Excellent ￿ 18 Times (#students): CEE405: 1996(23), 1998(31), 1999(25), 2000(23), 2001(32), 2002(31), 2003(30), 2004(21), 2006(18), 2009(17), 2010(40), 2012(40), 2014 (36); CEE 310: 2002(61), 2003(56), 2008(53); CEE 598 ABM: 2002(10), 2007(5)

Research Honors

  • Honorary Professor, Visiting Professor (July, 2014)
  • CTS Research Partnership Award (Feb, 2013)
  • Best Paper Award, Runner-up International Society of Asphalt Pavements (2006)
  • Narbey Khachaturian Faculty Scholar Award (2005- 2010)
  • Emmons Award, Runner-up, Best Technical Paper Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (2004)
  • Prix Earl Kee Award (2001)
  • Fred Burggraf Award (2000)
  • George Crawford Faculty Scholar Award (2001-2005)
  • Best Poster Award, International Society for Asphalt (1997)
  • Emmons Award, Runner-up, Best Technical Paper (1996)

Public Service Honors

  • Advisors List (1998)