Ralph Haas, known in the engineering world as the father of pavement asset management, was the recipient of the University of Alberta’s highest honour, Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the university’s spring convocation held in June.
Haas, professor emeritus of Waterloo’s civil and environmental engineering department, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alberta and a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo.
His major research areas include civil infrastructure asset management, highway and pavement economic analysis, design of pavements against fatigue, permanent deformation and thermal cracking damage, as well as behaviour of facilities on permafrost soils. Haas's pioneering concepts and technologies have resulted in better-performing, safer and less costly road networks.
The author of 12 books and numerous technical articles on pavement and infrastructure asset management, he is also an educator whose students have become leaders in transportation agencies, consultancies and universities. (full article)