AUTC 2013 Student of the Year: Paul Eckman

November 27, 2013 • Filed under: News,Student of the Year — billy.connor

AUTC is excited to announce that Paul Eckman has been selected to be the 2013 Student of the Year by the Executive Board.

Eckman is an undergraduate engineering student working on multiple projects with Dr. Jenny Liu, including “Field Evaluation of Crack Sealing of Asphalt Concrete Pavements in Alaska,” “Performance of G4 Fabric-Reinforced Asphalt Pavements in Alaska,” and “Evaluate Presawn Transverse Thermal Cracks for Asphalt Concrete Pavement,” supported by AUTC, TenCate Geosynthetics, and Alaska DOT&PF. He has performed with distinction as an undergraduate, and has helped graduate students prepare, cut, and compact research testing specimens and measure asphalt mixture volumetrics. He was also involved in significant fieldwork activities, becoming proficient with pavement condition surveys and analysis. His strong work ethic and serious attitude have given AUTC great confidence in his potential contributions to future research on pavement infrastructure materials, among the most persistent cold-region engineering issues facing the State of Alaska.


Paul is currently a student member of ASCE Bituminous Materials Committee, and regularly attends and participates in annual committee meetings and activities. He has served on the local organizing committee of the International Symposium of Climatic Effects on Pavement and Geotechnical Infrastructure (ISCEPGI), held in August at UAF. He later volunteered to showcase UAF engineering labs and research work in the field of transportation to encourage participation from incoming freshmen students. For efforts like this, Departmental leadership has complimented his help and professionalism.


AUTC 2013 Student of the Year, Paul Eckman. (Photo: Diane Wallace)

Eckman will receive a $1,000 stipend and an all-expense paid trip to the National Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, D.C., January 2014 to receive his award and be recognized for this distinguished early-career accomplishment.