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Department of Civil Engineering

Gabriel M. Bazi

Dr. Gabriel Bazi is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in the Byblos, Lebanon campus. Dr. Bazi earned his PhD in 2005 from the University of Nevada, Reno specializing in pavements and materials.
Prior to joining the LAU in September 2014, Dr. Bazi was a project engineer for Dynatest Consulting Inc. in Ventura, CA where he focused on pavement evaluation involving nondestructive testing (NDT) for road and airfield pavements. Dr. Bazi managed and completed over 175 projects involving the structural and functional evaluation of numerous road and airport projects, including Falling/Heavy Weight Deflectometer (FWD/HWD) testing, high-speed inertial profiling, skid resistance, mechanistic-empirical design, backcalculation, Pavement Classification Number (PCN) and load rating evaluation. Dr. Bazi was also involved in developing, and internationally teaching, mechanistic pavement design and deflection backcalculation workshops for Dynatest.
Dr. Bazi was also involved with a brief project engineering venture in which he was responsible for all pavement materials testing for a high profile pavements project for the State of Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal). Dr. Bazi authored or co-authored several guidelines and specifications that are currently being implemented.

Research Interests

Selected Publications

  1. Bazi, G.M., Saboundjian, S., Ullidtz, P., Briggs, R., “Airfield Pavement Bearing Capacity and Pavement Classification Number: A Case Study”. Submitted for presentation at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting and publication in the Transportation Research Record (TRR) journal, Washington D.C., January 2016.
  2. Bazi, G.M., El Khoury, J., Srour, F.J., “A Practical Routing Model for Optimized Pavement Data Collection”. Submitted for presentation at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting and publication in the Transportation Research Record (TRR) journal, Washington D.C., January 2016.
  3. Tohme, P., Ulloa, A., Bazi, G.M., Ullidtz, P., “Pavement Deformation Impact on Energy Loss and Vehicle Rolling Resistance”. Submitted for presentation at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting and publication in the Transportation Research Record (TRR) journal, Washington D.C., January 2016.
  4. Bazi, G.M., Briggs, R., Saboundjian, S., Ullidtz, P., “Seasonal Effects on a Low-Volume Road Flexible Pavement”. In Press, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., 2015. Presented at the Transportation Research Board meeting, January 2015.
  5. Asphalt Institute, “Asphalt Binder Testing Technician’s Manual for Specification Testing of Asphalt Binders”, Manual Series MS-25, First Edition 2007, Expert Technical Guidance Committee.
  6. Bazi, G.M., Sebaaly, P.E., Weitzel, D., Elicegui, M., “A laboratory Study of Construction Variability Impacts on Fatigue and Thermal Cracking Resistance of HMA Mixtures”, International Journal of Pavements, Volume 5(1-2-3), pp. 37-49, 2006.
  7. Maldonado, R., Falkiewicz, M., Bazi, G., and Grzybowski, K., “Asphalt Modification with Polyphosphoric Acid”, Proceedings of the 51st Annual Conference of the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA), Charlottetwon, Prince Edward Island, November 2006 [Best Paper Prize].
  8. Bazi, G.M., Hajj, E.Y, and Itani, A.M., “Analysis of R/C Decks in Multi-Cell Box Girder Bridges under Rational Wheel Load Distributions”, Bridge Structure, Vol. 1, No. 2, June 2005, 69 – 80, Taylor and Francis.
  9. Bazi, G.M., Sebaaly, P.E., et al, “Impact of Construction Variability on Rutting Resistance of HMA Mixtures”, Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., January 2005.
  10. Sebaaly, P.E., Ambroz, J., and Bazi, G.M., “Performance of HMA Overlays over Concrete Pavements in Nevada”, Proceedings of the Conference on Cracking in Pavements, Limoges, France, May 2004.
  11. Sebaaly, P.E, Bazi, G.M., et al, “Performance of Cold in Place Recycling in Nevada”, Transportation Research Record 1896, National Research Council, Washington D. C., 2004, pp. 162-169.
  12. Sebaaly, P.E, Bazi, G.M., et al, “Long Term Performance of Crumb Rubber Mixtures in Nevada”, Proceedings of the Asphalt Rubber 2003 Conference, Brazil, December 2003.

Professional Engineering Licenses

Professional Society Memberships

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, USA, 2005
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, USA, 2002
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Balamand, Lebanon, 2001
B.S., Civil Engineering,University of Balamand, Lebanon, 1999


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