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Dr. Warda Ashraf

Dr. Warda Ashraf is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas-Arlington. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2017. She received the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director's Award in 2022, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2020, and Purdue’s College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Award in 2017. Her research interest includes the durability performances of concrete, multiscale characterization, and the development of sustainable infrastructure materials. She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles and inventor of four patents to date. Dr. Ashraf received competitive research funding from several federal and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), DARPA, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). She has secured over $8.8 million research funding, including $4.1 million as the Principal investigator (PI). 

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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We have opening for a Postdoctoral researcher and two PhD students (Spring/ Fall 2024). A basic understanding of cement chemistry is necessary. Candidates with past research experience on infrastructure materials will get priority. Email your CV, transcripts, and two sample publications to Dr. Ashraf [warda.ashraf (AT)uta.edu if you are interested. 

PhD Students

PhD Students

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Muhammad Intesarul Haque

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic: Nanoengineered cementitious materials

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Nithya Nair

PhD Student 

Dissertation Topic: Carbonation of alkali-activated materials

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Ishrat Baki Borno

PhD Student 

Dissertation Topic: Seawater Concrete

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Nishad Ahmed

PhD Student 

Dissertation Topic: Carbon neutral concrete

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Adhora Tahsin

PhD Student 

Dissertation Topic: Durability of calcined clay-based concrete

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Farzana Mustari Nishat

PhD Student 

Dissertation Topic: TBD

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MS Students

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Anand Ambikadas

MS Student 

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Undergraduate Students


Eric Egwuonwu (UROP)

Eric Katunge 

Alumni

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Dr. Rakibul I. Khan (2022)
Current position: R&D Chemist II, Laticrete International Inc., Bethany, CT 06524-3423, USA

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Dr. Salman Siddique (2021 - 2022)
Current position: Interdisciplinary Research Center for Construction and Building Materials, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

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PhD Students

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Rakibul I. Khan (2018 - 2021)

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MS Students

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Akshay Dhanure (2021 to 2022)

MS Student

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Kavya Shirisha

MS Degree (2019) at the University of Maine

Dissertation title: Cellulose Nanocomposites for Performance Enhancement of Portland Cement-Based Materials

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Naveen Saladi

MS Degree (2019) at the University of Maine

Dissertation title: Potential Value-added Utilization of Wood Ash in Construction Materials

Current Position: Concrete Structural Engineer, SES Group & Associates LLC.
Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center - U.S. Federal Highway Administration. 
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Undergraduate Students

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 Sushmita Shrestha

Undergraduate Researcher

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Vince Banks

Undergraduate Researcher

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Kyle Peoples

Undergraduate researcher at the University of Maine

High school Students

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Kiyasha Pierce

Research Assistant

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Emilia Hernandez

Research Assistant

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