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Shad Sargand

Russ Professor
Civil Engineering,Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment
STKR 145
Phone: 740.593.1467

Russ Professor Sargand joined the Civil Engineering Department in 1981 and was named Russ Professor in 1990. He has authored more than 200 journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports. Since its inception in 1995, he has been the lead researcher of the Ohio Strategic Highway Research Program National Test Road on US Route 23 in Delaware County, Ohio. He also led another test road effort on US Route 30 in Wooster, Ohio. He is the associate director of the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) at Ohio University, which operates the National Asphalt Laboratory (NAL) and Accelerated Pavement Load Facility (APLF) on the Lancaster campus. He also directs the NAL and APLF. He has received several regionally and nationally recognized awards and honors for his research.

Research Interests: Rigid Pavements, Flexible Pavements, Finite Element Methods, Soil-Structure Interaction, Pipes and Conduits

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1981. M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1978. B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1976.


1) Masada, T., Sargand, S. M., Thermoplastic Pipe Deep Burial Study in Ohio: Further Analysis of Field Performance Data, Journal of Pipeline Systems – Engineering and Practice, ASCE, Reston, VA, Vol. 2, No. 4, Nov. 2011, p. 132-138.

2) Liao, J.M., and S.M. Sargand, Viscoelastic FE Modeling and Verification of a U.S. 30 Perpetual Pavement Test Section, International Journal on Road Materials and Pavement Design, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2010.

3) Shad Sargand, Teruhisa Masada, and David Keatley, Pennsylvania Thermoplastic Pipe Deep Burial Project: The 20th-Year Investigations, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Reston, VA, Volume 23, No. 4, July/Aug. 2009, pp. 262-268.

4) Sargand, S. M., and Masada, T., Deeply Buried Thermoplastic Pipe Field Performance over Five Years, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Reston, VA, Vol. 134, No. 8, August 2008, pp. 118-119.

5) S.M. Sargand, S. Wu and J.L. Figueroa, “A Rational Approach for Base Type Selection”, Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE, Reston VA, Volume 132, No 10, pp 753 – 763 (October 2006).


1. Gayle F. Mitchell and Shad M. Sargand, Pipeline Security Grid; Filing Date 12/2010.,

2. Gayle F. Mitchell and Shad M. Sargand, Exfiltration Apparatus, Application Number 60/869,308; Filing Date 12/08/2006


1. Russ Professor of Civil Engineering since 1990,

2. D.R. Harting Award of the Society of Experimental Mechanics in 1992 & 1999,

3. Certificate of Achievement for the SHRP Test Road from Ohio Governor George Voinovich in 1995,

4. Certificate of Appreciation for the SHRP Test Road from the Federal Highway Administration in 1998,

5. William W. “Bill” Baker Award from Flexible Pavements of Ohio in March 2011.

Something you may not know about me: I am originally from Afghanistan