Dr Behrooz Saghafi is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool. He completed his PhD (2010) in Civil Engineering (Pavements) at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK. He obtained his MSc (2007) in Highway and Transportation Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, and his BSc (2004) in Civil Engineering from Tabriz University, Iran. He was awarded a full PhD scholarship for a DTI project (utilisation of quarry waste dust in road base layers, funded by TSB). Prior to that he was awarded the prize of “Novel Masters Research” from the Iran Transportation Research Institute for his MSc research on predicting joint faulting in concrete pavements by artificial neural networks which was also later selected by the US LTPP Program as the leading research in pavement management of 2009. A number of his conference publications have been awarded “Best Paper” status.
Behrooz has contributed to several national research projects concerned with asphalt and concrete pavement materials, and highway and airport pavement management and maintenance. He has also had some international collaboration with top researchers in Japan, Argentina and Algeria and has a record of participating in successful multi-discipline research projects.
After completing his PhD, he has worked as lecturer and faculty deputy dean at academia and as project consultant at industry in major airport and tunnel design and construction projects in addition to his previous post-doctoral research incumbency.
Behrooz has been elected a Member of CIHT, IAT and ASCE and a number of other professional bodies. He has been a Committee Member of the North East Branch of the CIHT and contributed to their Young Person's Group. He has co-founded an international journal and serves as a member of the editorial boards for several journals. He has authored two books and co-edited a conference proceeding in addition to his conference management activities. He is currently authoring a book on advanced testing of asphalt materials.
The project heis currently working on is being undertaken jointly by University of Liverpool and Pavement Testing Services (PTS) Ltd and is concerned with the development of a diagnostic system for the prediction of failure of thin surface course systems on major UK trunk roads including motorways. The project seeks to establish the rheological properties of aged binders and also binder-aggregate bonds. Linking the findings to actual pavement performances is one of the aims of the project. The outcomes are intended to help highway authorities manage their pavement maintenance programmes more efficiently.