AUBURN – Auburn University’s National Center for Asphalt Technology has named Randy C. West as director effective Aug. 1. The center, a joint effort between the National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Foundation and AU, works to improve hot mix asphalt performance through research, education and information services.
West brings more than 20 years of experience in the hot mix asphalt industry, including experience at NCAT, to the position of NCAT director. He joined NCAT in 1996 and later became assistant director, leading research on a broad range of pavement issues.
“After a national search and the consideration of many strong candidates for the position, Randy West stood out as the clear choice,” said Chuck Van Deusen, chairman of the NCAT board of directors.
West earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn in 1987 and 1989, respectively, and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1995. He is a registered professional engineer in Georgia and Florida and active in the American Society for Testing and Materials, Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, National Transportation Board, National Asphalt Pavement Association and committees dealing with hot mix asphalt research, specifications and training.
Prior to joining NCAT, West worked as a research engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation and for APAC Inc. in Atlanta, a transportation construction company, where he became director of materials, plants and quarry services.
West will replace Ray Brown, center director for 17 years, who will join the U.S. Army Corps Engineers after his retirement from AU Aug. 1.
“I believe Randy’s experience and leadership are what we need to build on Ray Brown’s strong record of accomplishments,” says Larry Benefield, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “NCAT is a national leader in asphalt research. I fully expect Randy to continue the success that the center has enjoyed.”
(Contributed by Sara Borchik.)