Professor Jeffery Roesler was honored by the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) in December with the Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement, given for significant contributions to advance the development and implementation of technical innovations and best practices in the design and construction of concrete pavements.
Roesler is the Illinois Chapter‐ACPA Faculty Scholar. He was cited in recognition of his research, which has advanced the understanding and use of thin, economical concrete pavement systems. The award also recognizes his contributions to an advanced design procedure for thin concrete overlays on asphalt, and notably, for groundbreaking work to unlock the science behind the structural benefits of fiber reinforcement for thin slabs.
The award is named in honor of the second chief executive of the ACPA, Marlin J. Knutson, who served in that role from 1988 to 1998. During his tenure, Knutson was a staunch advocate for technical service and technology transfer. The Knutson Award for Technical Achievement has been awarded annually since 1998.
Roesler's professional and research interests include concrete pavement design and analysis, shrinkage and creep of concrete, fatigue and fracture of concrete, continuously reinforced concrete pavements, effects of curling and warping on concrete pavement responses, characterizing concrete joint behavior, accelerated pavement testing of PCC, and fibrous concrete. He has served on the department faculty since 2000.