Dr. Warda Ashraf

Dr. Warda Ashraf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas - Arlington. Before joining UT Arlington, she was a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Maine. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2017. Her work on sustainable infrastructure materials led to Purdue’s College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Award. She has also received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2020 and the ASCE ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Fellowship in 2019. Dr. Ashraf secured research fundings from several federal and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Her research interest includes durability performances of concrete, multiscale characterization, and development of sustainable infrastructure materials.

We are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students. A basic understanding of cement chemistry is necessary. Candidates with past research experience on infrastructure materials will get priority. Email Dr. Ashraf if you are interested. 

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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Dr. Salman Siddique

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Dr. Rakibul I. Khan

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Graduate 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: TBD

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Ishrat Baki Borno

PhD Student 

Dissertation Topic: TBD

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Akshay Dhanure

Graduate Student 

Dissertation Topic: TBD

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Adhora Tahsin

Graduate Student 

Dissertation Topic: TBD

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Belal Hossen

PhD Student at the University of Maine

Co-Advised with Prof. Aaron Gallant

Dissertation Topic: Carbonating subgrade materials for in-situ soil stabilization

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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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High school Students

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Kiyasha Pierce

Research Assistant

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Emilia Hernandez

Research Assistant

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Alumni

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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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Kyle Peoples

Undergraduate researcher at the University of Maine