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Munir Nazzal

Associate Professor
Civil Engineering
STKR 138
nazzal@ohio.edu
Phone: 740.593.1080

Dr. Nazzal is an Assistant Professor at the Civil Engineering Department at Ohio University. Prior to joining Ohio University he was working as a Senior Research Scientist at Louisiana Transportation Research Center. Dr. Nazzal has taught different graduate and undergraduate courses in the pavement and geotechnical engineering areas. He also has more than 45 publications in various areas of civil engineering. One of his papers was nominated for the 2007 TRB K. B. Wood award for best paper in Design and Construction. Dr. Nazzal is a registered Professional Engineer.

Research Interests:
Dr. Nazzal research interests include: nano-mechanical characterization of construction materials, numerical modeling of geo-infrastructure, experimental geomechanics, sustainability of infrastructure, environmental impact assessment of infrastructures, soil reinforcement and improvement, in-situ testing and site characterization. His current research work focus on developing, evaluating, and implementing new methods, technologies, and design approaches for achieving efficient, economic, environment-friendly infrastructures.


Research Interests: nano-mechanical characterization of construction materials, numerical modeling of geo-infrastructure, experimental geomechanics, sustainability of infrastructure

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2007. M.S., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2003. B.S., Civil Engineering, Birzeit University, 2002.

Publications:

  • Nazzal , M., Kaya, S., Günay, T., 2012 “A Fundamental Characterization Of Clay Asphalt Nano-Composite” ASCE Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics (In print).
  • Tatari, O., Nazzal, M., and Kucukvar, M., 2012. “Comparative Sustainability Assessment of Warm-Mix Asphalts: A Thermodynamic Based Hybrid Life Cycle Analysis.” Journal of Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Elsevier, Volume 58, Pages 18-24.
  • Mohammad, L and Nazzal, M., 2011 “Performance Evaluation And Environmental Impact Assessment Of Asphalt Treated Mixtures Used In Low-Volume Roads.” Journal of the Transportation Research Board No. 2205.
  • Nazzal, M., Abu-Farsakh, M. Y., and Mohammad, L., 2010 “Implementation of a Critical State Two-Surface Model To Evaluate the Response of Reinforced Granular Materials.” ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, Vol. 10, No. 5.
  • Abu-Farsakh M., Nazzal, M., and Mohammad L., 2008 “Effect of Reinforcement on Resilient and Permanent Deformation of Base Course Material,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board No. 2004, pp 120-131.

Awards:

  • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (EXCEED) Teaching Fellow-2010

Technical Report (5)

  • Abbas, A., Nazzal, M., , ., Akinbowale, S., Subedi, B., Abu Qtaish, L. Influence of Warm Mix Asphalt on Aging of Asphalt Binders. Columbus, Oh/ODOT&FHWA.
  • Abu-Farsakh, M., Nazzal, M., Seyman, E. Evaluation of the use of Geogrids to reinforced Base Course Materials in Flexible Pavements. Louisiana Department of Transportation.
  • Mohammad, L., Gaspard, K., Herath, A., Nazzal, M. Comparative Evaluation of Subgrade Resilient Modulus from Non-destructive, In-situ, and Laboratory Methods. Louisiana Department of Transportation.
  • Mohammad, L., Herath, A., Gudishala, R., Nazzal, M. Development of Models to Estimate the Subgrade and Subbase Layers Resilient Modulus fron In-situ Devices Test Results for Construction Control. Louisiana Department of Transportation.
  • Abu-Farsakh, M., Alshibli, K., Nazzal, M., Seyman, E. Assessment of In-Situ Test Technology for Construction Control of Base Courses and Embankments. Louisiana Department of Transportation.

Research Report (4)

  • Kim, S., Nazzal, M., Abbas, A., Akentuna, M., Arefin, M. Evaluation of Low Temperature Cracking Resistance of WMA.
  • Nazzal, M., Kim, S., Abbas, A. Evaluation of Winter Pothole Patching Methods.
  • Nazzal, M. Non-Nuclear Methods for Compaction Control of Unbound Materials. National Cooperative Highway Research Program; 214.
  • Abbas, A., Nazzal, M., Sargand, S., Ali, A., Roy, A., Hasan, A. Determining the Limitations of Warm Mix Asphalt by Water Injection in Mix Design, Quality Control and Placement. Ohio DOT/FHWA; 125.

Conference Proceeding (12)

  • Abbas, A., Nazzal, M., , ., Akinbowale, S., Subedi, B., Abu Qtaish, L. Effect of Warm Mix Asphalt on Aging of Asphalt Binders. Materials Congress on Energy and Infrastructure Systems.
  • Nazzal, M., Kaya, S., Gunay, T., Ahmedzade, P. Micro-Structural Characterization of Asphalt Nano-Composites. Lino Lakes, MN: 2nd International Symposium on Asphalt Pavements & Environment (ISAP); http://asphalt.org/isap-international-symposium-on-asphalt-pavements-and-environment-held-in-fortaleza-brazil-october-1-3-2012/.
  • Nazzal, M., Kaya, S. The Use of Nano-Mechanics Techniques to Evaluate the Effect of WMA on The Behavior of Asphalt Binders. Lino Lakes, MN: 2nd International Symposium on Asphalt Pavements & Environment (ISAP); http://asphalt.org/isap-international-symposium-on-asphalt-pavements-and-environment-held-in-fortaleza-brazil-october-1-3-2012/.
  • Nazzal, M., Kaya, S., AbuQtaish, L. Evaluation of WMA Healing Properties Using Atomic Force Microscopy. 7th RILEM International Conference on Cracking in Pavements / Springer; 4: 1125-1134. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-94-007-4566-7_107.
  • Nazzal, M., Sargand, S., Powers, D., Morrison, E., Al-Rawashdeh, A. Evaluation of Fine Graded Polymer Asphalt Mixture Produced Using Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt Technology. 5. 2nd International Warm-Mix Conference; 36.
  • Sargand, S., Nazzal, M., Al-Rawashdeh, A. Evaluation of Warm Mix Asphalt Field Trials In Ohio. TRB 90th Annual Meeting.
  • Nazzal, M., Abas, A., Ali, A. Investigation of Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt Performance using the MEPDG. GeoCongress Conference.
  • Nazzal, M., Kaya, S., Abu-Qtaish, L. "Evaluation of WMA Healing Properties Using Atomic Force Microscopy". Amsterdam: 2nd International Conference on Microstructure Related Durability of Cementitious Composites; http://microdurability.tudelft.nl/Introduction.php.
  • Sargand, S., Nazzal, M., Hernandez, J. Evaluating the Response of Perpetual Pavements using Full Scale Accelerated Loading Tests. Transportation Research Board 2012 Annual meeting.
  • Nazzal, M. Evaluation of the Shakedown Behavior of Unbound Granular Base Materials. GeoFrontier 2011.
  • Nazzal, M. Characterizing the Behavior of Geogrid-Reinforced Crushed Limestone Base Materials using Monotonic and Cyclic Load Tests. 4th International Gulf Conference on Roads.
  • Nazzal, M., Abu-Farsakh, M., Mohammad, L. Numerical Analyses of Geogrid Reinforced Flexible Pavements. Atlanta, GA: GeoCongress conference.

Journal Article, Academic Journal (35)

  • Nazzal, M., Abu-Qtaish, L., Kaya, S., Powers, D. Evaluation of Nano-structure and Nano-Mechanics of Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) using Atomic Force Microscopy. ASCE: Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.; http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29MT.1943-5533.0001254.
  • Alhasan, A., Abbas, A., Nazzal, M., Dessouky, S., , A., Powers, D., Kim, S. Low Temperature Characterization of Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt Produced by Water Injection. 2. Washington: Transportation Research Board; 2445: 1-11.
  • Nazzal, M., Mogawer, W., Kaya, S., Bennet, T. Multi-Scale Evaluation of the Composite Asphalt Binder in High RAP Mixtures. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0000825.
  • Tarawneh, B., Nazzal, M. Optimization Of Resilient Modulus Prediction From FWD Results Using Artificial Neural Network. Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering, ; 58: 1-12.
  • Ali, A., Abbas, A., Nazzal, M., Roy, A., Hasan, A., Powers, D. Effect of Temperature Reduction, Foaming Water Content, and Aggregate Moisture Content on Performance of Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt. Journal of Construction & Building Materials ; 48: 1058–1066.
  • Ali, A., Abbas, A., Nazzal, M., Roy, A., Hasan, A., Powers, D. Workability Evaluation of Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
  • Nazzal, M., Tatari, O. The Use of Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms For Prediction Of Subgrade Soil Resilient Modulus. 4. International Journal of Pavement Engineering/Taylor & Francis; 14.
  • Ali, A., Abbas, A., Nazzal, M., Set, C. Incorporation of Subgrade Modulus Spatial Variability in Performance Prediction of Pavements. 2. International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology; 6.
  • Nazzal, M., Kaya, S., Gunay, T., Ahmedzade, P. Fundamental Characterization of Nano-Clay Asphalt Composites. 1. ASCE : Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics; 3: 1-8.
  • Akbarian, M., Moeini-Ardakani , S., Ulm, F., Nazzal, M. A Mechanistic Approach to Pavement-Vehicle Interaction and its Impact in LCA. Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Sargand, S., Nazzal, M., Al-Rawashedh, A., David, P. Field Evaluation Of Warm Mix Asphalt Technologies. 11. Reston VA: ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering; 24: 1343-1349.
  • Ali, A., Abbas, A., Nazzal, M. Laboratory Evaluation of Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt. 4. International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology; 5.
  • Tatari, M., Nazzal, M., Kucukvar, M. Comparative Sustainability Assessment Of Warm-Mix Asphalts: A Thermodynamic Based Hybrid Life Cycle Analysis. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Elsevier.
  • Nazzal, M., Mohammad, L. Estimation of Resilient Modulus of Subgrade Soils for Design of Pavement Structures. Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Sargand, S., Nazzal, M., Al-Rawashdeh, A., Powers, D. Field Evaluation of Warm Mix Asphalt Technologies. ACSE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
  • Mohammad, L., Nazzal, M., Austin, A. Laboratory Evaluation of a New Generation of Asphalt Treated Mixtures. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation.
  • Ali, A., Abas, A., Nazzal, M. Laboratory Evaluation of Foamed Warm Mix Asphalt. International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology.
  • Tatari, M., Nazzal, M., Kucukvar, M. Life cycle assessment of emissions and ecological resources of low-volume road mixtures. 224th World Road Congress, Mexico City.
  • Mohammad, L., Nazzal, M. Performance Evaluation And Environmental Impact Assessment Of Asphalt Treated Mixtures Used In Low-Volume Roads. Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Nazzal, M., Sargand, S., Al-Rawashdeh, A. Evaluation Of Warm Mix Asphalt Mixtures Containing Rap Using Accelerated Loading Tests. ASTM Journal of testing and Evaluation.
  • Mohammad, L., Nazzal, M., Austin, A. Evaluation Of A New Generation Of Asphalt Treated Mixtures. ASCE Geotechnical special Pubilication ; 203.
  • Nazzal, M., Mohammad, L. Resilient Modulus Values of Subgrade Soils for Design of Pavement Structures. 7. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering; 22.
  • Nazzal, M., Abu--Farsakh, M., Mohammad, L. Implementation of a Critical State Two-Surface Model To Evaluate the Response of Reinforced Granular Materials. ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics.
  • Tao, M., Mohammad, L., Nazzal, M., Zhang, Z., Wu, Z. Application of Shakedown Theory in Characterizing Traditional and Recycled Base Materials. 3. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering; 136.
  • Mohammad, L., Nazzal, M., Abu-Farsakh, M., Alshibli, K. Estimation of Subgrade Soils Resilient Modulus from In-Situ Devices Test Results. 3. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation; 37: 245-253.
  • Abu-Farsakh, M., Nazzal, M., Mohammad, L. Effect of Reinforcement on Resilient and Permanent Deformation of Base Course Material. 2004. Journal of the Transportation Research Board ; 120-131.
  • Nazzal, M., Abu-Farsakh, M., Alshibli, K., Mohammad, L. Evaluating Light Falling-Weight Deflectometer Device for in Situ Measurement of Elastic Modulus of Pavement Layers. 2016. Journal of the Transportation Research Board ; 13-22.
  • Abu-Farsakh, M., Nazzal, M., Mohammad, L. Finite Element Analyses to Evaluate the Benefits of Geogrid Base Reinforcement in Flexible Pavement. International Journal of Pavements; 6.
  • Nazzal, M., Abu-Farsakh, M., Mohammad, L. Evaluation of Geogrid Benefits Using Monotonic and Repeated Load Triaxial Tests. ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication: Emerging Methods for the Analysis of Asphalt Pavement Materials and System.
  • Nazzal, M., Abu-Farsakh, M., Mohammad, L. Laboratory Characterization of Reinforced Crushed Limestone Material. 9. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE; 19: 772-783.
  • Abu-Farsakh, M., Nazzal, M., Alshibli, K., Seyman, E. Application of DCP in Pavement Construction Control. 1913. Journal of the Transportation Research Board; 53-61.
  • Abu-Farsakh, M., Nazzal, M. Reliability of Piezocone Penetration Test Methods for Estimating Coefficient of Consolidation of Cohesive Soils. 1913. Journal of the Transportation Research Board; 62-76.
  • Nazzal, M., Abu--Farsakh, M., Alshibli, K., Mohammad, L. Evaluating the Potential use of a Portable LFWD for Characterization of Pavement Layers and Subgrades. 126. ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication; 915-924.
  • Abu-Farsakh, M., Alshibli, K., Nazzal, M., Seyman, E. Evaluating the Stiffness Modulus of Highway Materials from the Geogauge Device. ASCE Geotechnical Practical Publication 1; 287-298.
  • Abu-Farsakh, M., Alshibli, K., Nazzal, M., Mohammad, L. Evaluation of In-situ Stiffness Modulus of Subgrades and Base Layers using the Geogauge Device. 2. International Journal of Pavements; 3: 89-101.