Monday, July 22
8:30–10:00 a.m. | Welcome Address, Keynote Speaker, and Awards
Keynote speaker information coming soon.
Tuesday, July 23
8:30–10:00 a.m. | Carl L. Monismith Award and Lecture on Pavement Engineering; ASCE Grand Challenge Panel
R. Gary Hicks, Ph.D., P.E., ASCE Life Member, Project Manager, CP2 Center and Consultant
Dr. Gary Hicks is the 2018 winner of the ASCE Geo-Institute’s Carl L. Monismith Award and Lecture on Pavement Engineering for his 50 years of technical and professional contributions in pavement materials, design, and evaluation and the construction and maintenance of transportation facilities. The Monismith Lecture is awarded annually for outstanding research contributions in Pavement Engineering and honors Professor Carl L. Monismith’s contributions to the field.
Dr. Hicks is a part-time Project Manager for the California Pavement Preservation (CP2) Center established at CSU, Chico in 2006 and a private consultant to several companies and organizations. Prior to this, Dr. Hicks was the Technical Director for the CP2 Center, senior principal for MACTEC E&C (now WOOD LLC) in Sacramento, and a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Oregon State University for over 25 years before retiring in 1997. He was an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech in the early 1970s and was a Senior Engineer for Woodward Clyde Consultants in the 1960s.
Dr. Hicks has worked in the area of pavements and pavement preservation for nearly 50 years. He was involved in the development of the 1972, 1986, and the 2002 AASHTO Pavement Design Guides. He participated in the SHRP A-003A contract to develop new and improved tests for asphalt concrete mixes.
He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley where his major professor was Carl Monismith. He has been active with the Transportation Research Board (having served as the head of the pavements section and as a member of the pavement maintenance and preservation committees.), Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (having served as president and selected as an honorary member), Foundation for Pavement Preservation (served on the Board), the International Society of Asphalt Pavements (Founder member, served on the board, and an honorary member), and ASCE where he was the young member of the year in 1975 for the Georgia Section, a member of the airfield pavement and highway pavement committees, and the Chair of the Highway pavements committee. He is a registered Civil Engineer in the states of California, Oregon, and Alaska and has authored more than 200 publications and one textbook, with Clark Oglesby titled “Highway Engineering” and won numerous awards during his career. He is still active as a consultant to several companies and organizations in the area of pavement design, management, maintenance, and rehabilitation.
Gary Hicks was one of Carl Monismith’s earliest Ph.D students and the first of Professor Monismith’s s students to receive this award.
K. N. Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, D.GE., ASCE Grand Challenge Panel Moderator, ASCE President 2020
K.N. Gunalan (Guna) is Vice President of Alternative Delivery at AECOM, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previously, he was a vice president for Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Guna has managed large complex infrastructure projects, providing technical advice on civil, structural, geotechnical, pavement, and materials issues on a variety of projects around the world. His collaborative approach has contributed to many successful programs and projects ranging from a few thousand dollars to more than 3 billion dollars.
Guna has been active in ASCE for many years, including leadership roles as Region 8 director (2009-2012), Region 8 governor (2005-2007), Utah Section president (2002-2003), and Texas Section High Plains Branch president (1992). He served as the chair of ASCE’s 2014 Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. Most recently, he served as a governor for the Geo-Institute and was a member of the steering committee for the 2017 ASCE India Conference.
Guna has been married for 35 years to Duru. They have a son, Kabilar, and a daughter, Pallavi. He loves to read, travel, and learn about new cultures.