Faculty/Staff Directory

Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan

  • Research Associate Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1999
  • B.E. Civil Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, 1997

Interest Areas

  • Sustainable Highway and Airport Pavements and Materials
  • Big Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Transportation Infrastructure
  • Nature-Inspired Meta-Heuristics in Civil Engineering
  • Smart Pavement Sensing and Monitoring
  • Renewable Energy Co-Products Utilization in Pavement Applications

Brief Biography

Honors and Awards
  • Marquis Who is Who in America, 2005-2009
  • Eisenhower Grant for Research Fellowship, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Highway Institute (NHI), 2000-2001
  • ITE Scholarship Award, Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers, Louisiana State University, 1999

Selected Publications

  1. Gopalakrishnan, K., Steyn, W., and Harvey, J. (Eds.) (2014) Climate Change, Energy, Sustainability and Pavements. Springer, Inc., Germany. (Link to abstract)
  2. Gopalakrishnan, K. (2010) "Neural Networks-Swarm Intelligence Hybrid Nonlinear Optimization Algorithm for Pavement Moduli Backcalculation," ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 136, No. 6, pp. 528-536 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000128)
  3. Gopalakrishnan, K.  and Peeta, S. (Eds.). (2010). Sustainable and Resilient Critical Infrastructure Systems: Simulation, Modeling, and Intelligent Engineering, Springer, Inc., Germany. (Link to abstract)
  4. Gopalakrishnan, K., Ceylan, H., and Kim, S. (2010) "Biofuel Co-Product Uses for Pavement Geo-Materials Stabilization," Final Report, Iowa Highway Research Board (IHRB) Project TR-582, Institute for Transportation (InTrans), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. (Link to abstract)
  5. Gopalakrishnan, K., Mudgal, A., and Hallmark, S. (2011) "Neuro-Fuzzy Approach to Predictive Modeling of Emissions from Biodiesel Powered Transit Buses," Transport, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 344-352 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/103846/16484142.2011.634080).
  6. Schwartz, C. W., Li, R., Kim, S., Ceylan, H., and Gopalakrishnan, K. (2011) "Effect of Concrete Strength and Stiffness Characterization on Predictions of Mechanistic-Empirical Performance for Rigid Pavements," Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, No. 2226, pp. 41-50 (DOI: http//dx.doi.org/10.3141/2226-05).
  7. Gopalakrishnan, K. and Kim, S. (2011) "Support Vector Machines Approach to HMA Stiffness Prediction," ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 137, No. 2, pp. 138-146 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000214).
  8. Gopalakrishnan, K., Birgisson, B., Taylor, P., and Attoh-Okine, N. (Eds.). (2011) Nanotechnology in Civil Infrastructure: A Paradigm Shift, Springer, Inc., Germany. (Link to abstract)
  9. Gopalakrishnan, K. and Khaitan, S. (2012) "Use of Hydrogen from Renewable Energy Source for Powering Asphalt Plant," International Journal for Traffic and Transport Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 30-43. (Link to abstract)
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