Faculty Development Program On “Research Avenues In Transportation Engineering”

The Department of Civil Engineering, AISAT, organized a 6-day online faculty development program on “RESEARCH AVENUES IN TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING” from 10th to 15th August 2020. The main aim of this program was to enlighten the faculty, researchers, and post graduate students about the latest research developments in the field of Transportation Engineering. The program was conducted through the online platform Google Meet. Dr. Samson Mathew, Director, NATPAC inaugurated the FDP. Dr. S. Jose, Principal, AISAT, Prof. Paul Ansel V., Vice Principal, AISAT and Prof. Liji Anna Mathew, HoD, Dept. of Civil Engineering, AISAT felicitated the gathering. Dr. Samson Mathew delivered the keynote lecture on “Coir Geotextiles Reinforced Pavements for Low volume Roads” which was encouraging for the researchers to conduct pilot study of pavements constructed with innovative materials. The session by Dr. Samson Mathew was followed by a very informative lecture on “Need for Performance Assessment of Pavements” by Dr. Vishnu R., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, NIT Warangal. Dr. Vasudevan N., Assistant Manager, Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd. presented the vital modelling aspects for traffic regulation in busy cities during his session on “Fundamentals of Transportation Planning” on the second day. Prof. Rahul R. Pai, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, AISAT, introduced the latest nondestructive testing techniques of pavements through his lecture on “Field Evaluation of Flexible Pavement – Role of Falling Weight Deflectometer” on the third day. Dr. Sonu Mathew, Research Associate, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, elucidated the pros and cons of automated vehicles in his lecture on “Connected and Automated Vehicles, Challenges and Opportunities” on the fourth day. Prof. Rohan Deskmukh, Assistant Professor, Terna Engineering College, Navi Mumbai, corroborated the significance of FEM software in pavement analysis and design through his lecture on “Analysis of Flexible Road Pavement Using PLAXIS 2D” on the fifth day. The final day of the 6-day program was fruitful with active interaction between the participants and resource persons. The program was a grand success with an attendance of more than 100 participants on all the six days. During the valedictory ceremony, Prof. Liji Anna Mathew complimented all the participants for their active participation on all days. The 6-day FDP came to an end with a vote of thanks from Prof. Rahul R Pai. E-certificates were mailed to all the participants.