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Karim Chatti, Ph.D.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
3557 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 355-6534
E-Mail: chatti@egr.msu.edu

Courses Taught:

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Pavement Design and analysis I
  • Senior Design in Civil Engineering
  • Advanced Asphalt Pavement Analysis & Design
  • Advanced Geotechnical Design
  • Introduction to Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Soil Dynamics

Recent Research:

  • Relationships Between Laboratory-Measured and Field-Derived Properties of Pavement Layers, FHWA - DTFH61-09-C-00007, Federal Highway Administration (with Cornell University)
  • Smart Pavement Monitoring Systems. FHWA - DTFH61-08-C-00015, Federal Highway Administration
  • Optimization of and Maximizing the Benefits from Pavement Management Data Collection FHWA - DTFH61-08-C-00017, Federal Highway Administration
  • Using Existing Pavements in Place and Achieving Long Life, Project SHRP2 R-23, Strategic Highway Research Program II, National Academies (with NCE consultants)
  • Models for Estimating the Effects of Pavement Condition on Vehicle Operating Costs, NCHRP 1-45, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, National Academies.
  • Assessment of Pavement Acceptance Criteria and Quantifying its As-constructed Material and Structural Properties, Michigan Department of Transportation.
  • Characterization of Traffic for the New M-E Pavement Design Guide in Michigan, Michigan Department of Transportation.
  • Effect of Michigan Multi-Axle Trucks on Pavement Distress and Profile, Michigan Department of Transportation.
  • LTPP Data Analysis: Influence of Design and Construction Features on the Response and Performance of New and Flexible and Rigid Pavements, NCHRP 20-50(10/16), National Cooperative Highway Research Program, National Academies.


Dr. Chatti's research interests are in the areas of pavement response and performance modeling, dynamics of pavements and truck-pavement interaction, pavement surface roughness, pavement preservation, and characterization of asphalt concrete mixtures. Recent research has been focused on (i) models for estimating the effect of pavement surface condition on vehicle operating costs, (ii) smart pavement monitoring systems, (iii) using existing pavements in place and achieving long life, (iv) assessment of pavement acceptance criteria, (v) evaluation of the new M-E PDG, (vi) the effect of heavy trucks with large axle groups on pavement performance, (vii) the effect of design and construction factors on the response and long term performance of pavements, (viii) the development of roughness diagnosis tools for PMS application, (ix) the effectiveness of preventive maintenance treatments, and (x) dynamic backcalculation of flexible and rigid pavement parameters.


University of California - Berkeley: Ph.D., Civil Engineering (geotechnical engineering)

Awards and Honors:

  • Robert G. Packard Award for Outstanding Paper on Concrete Pavement Design (2008), 9th International Conference on Concrete Pavements, San Francisco, CA
  • First Place in Curriculum Category for the paper entitled "Use of the LTPP Database in the Pavement Engineering Curriculum," (2002) ASCE/FHWA International Contest on LTPP Data Analysis
  • Student-of-the-Year Award (1993); Region IX: California University Transportation Centers Program; U.S. Department of Transportation
  • USAID fellowship (1981-1991)

Selected Publications:

  • Effect of Design and Site Factors on Fatigue Cracking of New Flexible Pavements in the LTPP SPS-1 Experiment, S. W. Haider and K. Chatti, International Journal of Pavement Engineering Vol. 10, No.3, 2009.
  • A Laboratory Investigation of the Effect of Multiple Axle and Truck Configurations on HMA Mixture Rutting, H. K. Salama, K. Chatti, International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, Vol. 9, No.4, pp.589-613, 2008
  • Evaluation of the New Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide Rutting Models for Multiple Axle Loads, H. K. Salama, S. W. Haider and K. Chatti, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, TRR No. 2005, pp. 112-123, 2007.
  • Backcalculation of Permanent Deformation Parameters Using Time Series Rut Data From In-Service Pavements, H. K. Salama, K. Chatti and S. W. Haider, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, TRR No. 1949, pp. 98-112, 2006.
  • Use of Dynamic Analysis for Interpreting Pavement Response in Falling Weight Deflectometer Testing, K. Chatti, Materials Evaluation, Vol. 62, No. 7, pp. 764-774, July 2004.
  • The Effect of Different Axle Configurations on the Fatigue Life of an Asphalt Concrete Mixture, K. Chatti and C. S. El Mohtar, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, TRR No. 1891, 2004.
  • Determining Life Expectancy of Preventive Maintenance Fixes for Asphalt-Surfaced Pavements, J.P. Bausano, K. Chatti and R. C. Williams, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, TRR No. 1866, pp. 1-8, 2004.
  • Development of Roughness Thresholds for Preventive Maintenance Action Aimed at Reducing Dynamic Loads, D. Lee, K. Chatti, and G. Y. Baladi; Journal of the Transportation Research Board, TRR No. 1816, pp. 26-33, 2002.
Phone: (517) 355-5107 Fax: (517) 432-1827 E-mail: cee@egr.msu.edu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824