Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

Office:
Kaven Hall, 209C
Phone: +1-508-831-5912
arsakulich@wpi.edu

Aaron Richard Sakulich

My favorite part about teaching is having a captive audience that is obligated to laugh when I tell jokes. Having the opportunity to help prepare students to work in one of the most important professions of all time is a close second, though. I find the unique project-based curriculum at WPI to be very exciting, as I am constantly being exposed to new ideas and new real-world issues that demand solutions. My research focuses on the development of new, practical materials for sustainable infrastructure applications.

I am also interested in appropriate technology for developing nations and preserving our cultural heritage, subjects that became dear to me during the year I spent as a Fulbright grantee in Morocco. I was once voted “cutest baby” at a county fair.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Materials for the Built Environment
  • Increasing Infrastructure Durability
  • Applications of Scanning Electron Microscopy in Education
  • Appropriate Technology in Developing Nations
  • Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Education

  • BS, Drexel University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2005 (with minor in French)
  • PhD, Drexel University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2010

Featured Publications

  • Bentz, D.; Stutzman, P.; Sakulich A.R.; Weiss, W.J. “Study of Early-Age Bridge Deck Cracking in Nevada and Wyoming,” NIST Interagency Report 7841, U.S. Department of Commerce (2012).
  • Sakulich, A.R.; Bentz, D. “Increasing the Service Life of Bridge Decks by Incorporating Phase Change Materials (PCMs) to Reduce Freeze/Thaw Cycles,” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. In press, Aug. 2011.
  • Sakulich, A.R. “Review: Reinforced Geopolymer Composites for Enhanced Material Greenness and Durability,” Sustainable Cities and Society. 1 (4) p.195 (2012).
  • Sakulich, A.R.; Li, V.C. “Nanoscale Characterization of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC),” Cement and Concrete Research. 41(2) p. 169 (2011).
  • Kan, L.; Shi, H.; Sakulich, A.R.; Li, V.C. “Self-Healing Characterization of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC),” ACI Materials Journal, 107(6) p. 617. (2010).

Professional Highlights

  • NRC Research Associateship Award (NRC/NIST)
  • Fulbright Grant and Critical Language Enhancement Award (Morocco/ Moroccan Arabic)
  • Koerner Family Fellowship (Drexel University)
  • College of Engineering Research Excellence Award (Drexel University)
  • Materials Science Dept. Outstanding Grad Student Award (Drexel University)
 
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