Dr David Newcomb
Division Head, Materials & Pavements Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Dr. Newcomb is the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Senior Research Engineer Division Head. He joined TTI in September 2011. He has been a Principle Investigator (PI) on two NCHRP projects dealing with aging of asphalt mixtures and the behavior of foamed asphalt mixtures. He is currently co-PI on another NCHRP project to provide an experimental design for the validation of cracking tests. Newcomb has also worked on projects for the asphalt pavement industry and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Prior to coming to TTI, Newcomb was employed by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) from 1999 to 2011 as Vice President-Research and Technology. There, he was responsible for Research and Technology programs that assisted the membership in meeting the technical challenges and demands of the future. He also represented NAPA in technical partnerships with agencies that support pavement research and technology.
Before going to NAPA, Dr. Newcomb was an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota, where he held the Miles Kersten Chair, and was the Technical Director of the Minnesota Road Research Project. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1986, and his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Texas A&M University in 1977 and 1979, respectively.
During his career, Dr. Newcomb has published over 120 papers and reports related to the characterization and behavior of bituminous materials and the structural evaluation of pavement systems. The topics of these publications have included the non-destructive testing of pavement systems, the development of mechanistic-empirical design procedures, recycling of asphalt concrete, the use of waste materials in asphalt mixtures, and the use of polymer modifiers in asphalt concrete. He was awarded the Transportation Research Board’s Fred Burggraf Award in 1989 and the K.B. Woods Award in 2001.
Dr. Newcomb belongs to the Transportation Research Board, the International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP), the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT). He is a past Chairman of ISAP and a past President of AAPT. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.