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Kenneth R. Maser Selected as the Winner of the Wilbur S. Smith Award

Friday, February 22, 2019

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Kenneth R. Maser, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Principal, Infrasense, Inc. has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Wilber S. Smith Award. The Wilbur S. Smith Award was established by the Highway Division  (now the Transportation and Development Institute)  of the Society in recognition of the outstanding professional accomplishments of Wilbur S. Smith, Hon.M.ASCE.

Dr. Maser is a distinguished civil engineer whose leadership and innovation have been instrumental, both domestically and internationally, in developing and proving highway agencies with driving-speed non-destructive methods for subsurface condition evaluation of pavements and bridge decks. 

Dr. Maser is a distinguished civil engineer who is nationally and internationally recognized authority in research, development, and deployment of nondestructive evaluation and subsurface condition investigations, particularly in the area of ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology. To manage and process subsurface GPR data collected on hundreds of miles of pavement per day, Dr. Maser has led a continuing effort to implement advances in software for streamlining the data processing. Examples of agencies that have adopted this technology include CalTrans, Texas DOT, Oklahoma DOT, Virginia DOT, and the Idaho Transportation Department. 

In addition to pavement applications, Dr. Maser has also been a leader in the development and implementation of methods for highway speed evaluation of bridge decks. Through his efforts, highway agencies, with hundreds of candidate structures to consider, have been provided with effective tools for deciding which decks need attention, facilitating scoping of required rehab work and repair/replace decisions. 

Dr. Maser has authored over 150 publications in his field and has served as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems.

The Wilber S. Smith Award will be presented to Dr. Maser at the ASCE-T&DI International Conference on Transportation and Development in Alexandria, VA, on June 11, 2019.