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Assistant Professor

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • B.S., Ceramic and Materials Science Engineering, Clemson University, 2009


Dr. Armen Amirkhanian’s research interests are broadly based in infrastructure materials characterization with a primary focus on cementitious materials and geotechnical applications. Past research has been on emerging concrete pavement topics such as two-lift paving and internal curing. Current research topics are exploring the areas of alkali-silica degradation characterization, atomic-scale characterization of alkali-activated materials, and durability issues associated with concrete materials. He has previously performed extensive geotechnical investigations of novel stabilization techniques for both DOT and private industry sponsors. Dr. Amirkhanian has been principal investigator or co-PI on projects with the Oregon, Alabama, South Carolina and Maryland Departments of Transportation as well as NSF and private sponsors. He is a professional engineer registered in Oregon, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Dr. Amirkhanian is a voting member on American Concrete Institute committees 124, 213, and S802 and an associate member of ACI committees 325 and 327. He is also a voting member of TRB standing committee AKP020 and the secretary and treasurer of the International Society of Concrete Pavements. Dr. Amirkhanian is the faculty advisor for the ASCE Concrete Canoe Team and the UA student chapter of ACI.

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 – Donald H. McLean Civil Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2023 – Donald H. McLean Junior Civil Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2023 – Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Tuinukuafe, A, Cappola, J, Amirkhanian, A. “On the role of continuity in statistical nanoindentation of composite microstructures”. J Am Ceram Soc. 2022; 105: 7676– 7696. https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.18665
  • Eleanor Huggins Skelton, Leigh Terry, Armen Amirkhanian, “Novel SHRP method showed alternative deicers outperform NaCl brine for certain winter roadway maintenance applications,” Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 320, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.115879
  • Satyavati Komaragiri; Armen Amirkhanian, “Feasibility of Using British Pendulum Tester to Evaluate Laboratory Sized Diamond Ground Surfaces,” 12th International Conference on Concrete Pavements, 2021, https://doi.org/10.33593/rcpxbenz
  • Javilla Barugahare, Armen N. Amirkhanian, Feipeng Xiao, Serji N. Amirkhanian “Evaluation of ANN-Based Dynamic Modulus Models of Asphalt Mixtures,” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 33, No. 6, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0003721
  • Olugbenro Ogunrinde, Chukwuma Nnaji, Armen Amirkhanian “Developing Automation Adoption Readiness Index for Quality Management Focused on Highway Construction,” ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Vol. 27, Issue 1, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000595