News Tip Sheet: AU engineers can discuss bridge structures, traffic issues

In the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Auburn University civil engineers are prepared to provide insight into structural integrity and the need for on-going inspection and maintenance of such bridges. AU also has traffic engineers who can discuss how cities can handle traffic issues that result from a shut down of major metropolitan roadways.

Engineers available include:

Jay Yoo, professor of civil engineering with the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, is an internationally recognized expert in bridge structures, particularly those built with steel. Yoo, who serves on a number of international engineering societies, was elected in 2003 as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He can be reached at (334) 844-6279 or chyoo@eng.auburn.edu .
 
Robert Barnes, associate professor of civil engineering with the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering,  is an expert in the area of design and reinforcement of structural concrete bridges.  He can be reached at (334) 844-6281 or rbarnes@eng.auburn.edu .

Rod Turochy – assistant professor of civil engineering with the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has research interests in traffic operations, highway safety, transportation planning and highway quality assurance. He has also conducted research in work zone safety, freeway management and other areas of traffic and highway engineering. He joined the AU faculty in 2002 following a stint as research scientist at the Virginia Transportation Research Council, where he led research and technical assistance efforts in transportation planning, policy and traffic operations and safety. He can be reached at (334) 844-6271 or rturochy@eng.auburn.edu .