Research Projects

As the Norman W. McLeod Chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Former Director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology, Dr. Tighe's key research areas can be summarized as follows:

susan_tighe- Sustainable Pavement engineering and management
- Evaluation of climate change of roads
- Long-life infrastructure
- Application of asset management to highway and airport operations
- Designing and building safer roads and airfields
- Life cycle economic analysis as a tool for infrastructure management and evaluating materials
- Development and evaluation of infrastructure management system components
- Solar technology in roads and pavement infrastructure - Researchers at the University of Waterloo, within the faculty of engineering are collaborating to develop a solar technology that could be used in a solar road



Updated on April 6, 2020

2019-2021 PSI Technologies (PI) Comparison of Various Pavement Design Methodologies
2019-2021 Sidewalk Labs (PI) Developing an Urban Interlocking Concrete Pavement
2019-2021 Porous Pave, Inc. (PI) Developing a New Porous Pavement
2019-2020 NTAI (PI) Impact of Surface Material Type on Thermal Conductivity of Roads in Permafrost Regions
2019-2020 OCE (PI) Development of Alternate Runway Material Test Program
2018- MTO (PI) Evaluation of Testing Variability of Semi-Circular Bend (SCB) and Disc-shaped Compact Tension (DCT) Fracture Tests
2018- MTO (PI) Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Highway Design, Construction, and Maintenance - Jurisdictional Scan
2018-2020 NSERC CRD (PI) Exploring A Premium Asphalt Patching Mixes by Using 100% RAP Recycler
2018-2021 NSERC CRD (PI) Evaluation of Asphalt Properties in Plant Produced Asphalt Mixes
2018-2019 NSERC Engage (PI) Unpaved Runway Strength Correlation
2017-2020 NSERC CRD (PI) Evaluating Pavement Structural Benefits of Lightweight Cellular Concrete
2017-2022 NSERC CRD (PI) Resilient and Durable Concrete Pavements
2017- MTO (PI) Impact of Additives on the Performance of In-place Recycled Pavements
2017- MTO (PI) Performance Evaluation of Pre-cast Concrete Panels Over Asphalt
2016-2019 MTO (Co-PI) Examining Work Zone Throughput to Improve Safety, Workzone Efficiency, and Cost Effectiveness
2015-2017 MTO (PI) Performance Evaluation of Pre-cast Concrete Panels over Asphalt
2015-2017 MTO (Co-PI) Local Calibration of the MEPDG Prediction Models
2015-2017 MTO (Co-PI) Development of High Modulus Asphalt Mix Design Technology in Ontario
2015-2020 NSERC Discovery Grant (PI) Sustainable Long Life Pavements