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Dr Warda Ashraf

[Dr Warda Ashraf]

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
Last Updated: April 14, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
1. Infrastructure materials with low carbon footprints

2. Carbon dioxide sequestration in infrastructure materials

3. Durability performance-enhancement of infrastructure materials

4. Nanoengineered cementitious materials

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
Cementitious materials, carbonation, concrete

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Construction materials, Structural engineering

Biography

Biography

Dr. Warda Ashraf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Center for Advanced Construction Materials (CACM) at the University of Texas - Arlington. Before joining UT Arlington, she was a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Maine. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2017. Her work on sustainable infrastructure materials led to Purdue’s College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Award. She has also received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2020 and the ASCE ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Fellowship in 2019. Dr. Ashraf secured research fundings from several federal and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Her research interest includes durability performances of concrete, multiscale characterization, and development of sustainable infrastructure materials.

Education

Education

    • 2017 PhD in Civil Engineering
      Purdue University West Lafayette
    • 2012 MS in Civil Engineering
      Bangladesh University of Engineering
    • 2009 BS in Civil Engineering
      Bangladesh University of Engineering

Appointments

Appointments

    • Oct 2019 to Present Assistant Professor
      Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas-Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
    • Aug 2017 to Sept 2019 Assistant Professor
      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine (Orono, ME, United States)

Awards and Honors

    • Aug  2020 Young Faculty Award (YFA) sponsored by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DOD
    •  2019 ASCE ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Fellow sponsored by American Society of Civil Engineers
    •  2019 Young Professional Scholarship sponsored by ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)
    •  2017 Lyles Teaching Assistant Award sponsored by Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
    •  2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Research sponsored by College of Engineering, Purdue University
    •  2016 College of Engineering Travel Grant sponsored by Purdue University
    •  2016 Nellie Munson Graduate Teaching Assistant sponsored by Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
    •  2016 William L. Dolch Scholarship sponsored by Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
    •  2015 Federal Highway Administration Travel Grant sponsored by 5th International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction (NICOM5)
    •  2015 NSF Travel Grant sponsored by Multiscale Modeling and 3D Printing of Cement Workshop
    •  2014 Best Poster Award sponsored by 4th International Conference on Durability of Concrete Structures (ICDCS)
    •  2014 William L. Dolch Scholarship sponsored by Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
    •  2011 61 Club Gold Medal sponsored by Department of Civil Engineering, BUET
    •  2011 Malik Akram Gold Medal sponsored by Department of Civil Engineering, BUET
    •  2009 BUET Dean’s Award sponsored by Department of Civil Engineering, BUET

News Articles

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Dec 2020 to Nov 2023 Controlling the Interaction Between Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Cementitious Materials Using Biomimetic Molecules sponsored by  -  $491969
      (Funded)
    • Aug 2020 to July 2022 Recreated Roman concrete (RRC) using alkali-activated Calcined Clay sponsored by  -  $495465
      Warda Ashraf (Funded)
    • Feb 2020 to Dec 2021 A Feasibility Study of Flexible Pavement Built with Modified Bitumen (bitumen mixed with recycled plastics) of a Plastic Road sponsored by  -  $342588
      (Funded)

Publications


      2015
      • Book Chapter
        CHEMO-MECHANICAL COMPARISON OF THE CARBONATION AND HYDRATION REACTION PRODUCTS OF SYNTHETIC TRICALCIUM SILICATE (C3S)
        Brittle Matrix Composites 11, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
        [Brandt, AM, Olek, J, Glinicki, MA, Leung, CKY, Lis, J]. 11. "Institute of Fundamental Technological Research".
      • Book Chapter
        Chemo-mechanical comparison of the carbonation and hydration reaction products of synthetic tricalcium silicate (C3S)
        11th Brittle Matrix Composites (BMC)
        [Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, Atakan, Vahit]. 11--21. "Editors: A.M. Brandt, M.A. Glinicki, J. Olek, C. K. Y. Leung".

      In Process
      • Journal Article
        Amino acids as performance controlling additives in carbonation activated cementitious materials
        [Khan, RakibulI, Ashraf, Warda, Olek]. Revising to Resubmit.
      • Journal Article
        Effects of varied fine contents of cellulose nanomaterials on the performance of Portland cement systems
        [Kamasamudram, Kavya, Ashraf, Warda, Landis, Eric]. Submitted.
      • Journal Article
        The synergy between slag cement and ordinary portland cement for carbonation curing
        [Khan, Rakibul, Haque, Muhammad, Ashraf, Warda]. "Elsevier". Submitted.

      2020
      • Journal Article
        Cellulose Nanocomposites for Performance Enhancement of Ordinary Portland Cement-Based Materials
        [Kamasamudram, Kavyas, Ashraf, Warda, Landis, Eric]. Transportation Research Record. Nanotechnology Special Collection(0361198120958421), "Transportation Research Board". DOI: http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198120958421
      • Journal Article
        Development and utilization of silica-cellulose nanocomposites for performance enhancement of portland cement system
        [Kamasamudram , KavyaS, Ashraf, Warda, Landis, Eric]. Construction and Building Materials.
      • Journal Article
        Ground or sieved bio ash versus coal fly ash: A comparative analysis of pozzolanic reactivity
        [Saladi, Naveen, Ashraf, Warda]. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 32(12), "ASCE".
      • Journal Article
        Hydration and Early Age Properties of Cement Pastes Modified with Cellulose Nanofibrils
        [Haddad Kolour, Hosain, Ashraf, Warda, Landis, EricN]. Transportation Research Record. 0361198120945993. "SAGE Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA".
        https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0361198120945993

      2019
      2018
      • Journal Article
        Statistical Analysis and Probabilistic Design Approach for Freeze--Thaw Performance of Ordinary Portland Cement Concrete
        [Ashraf, Warda, Glinicki, MichalA, Olek, Jan]. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 30(11), 04018294. "American Society of Civil Engineers".
        https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002494

      2017
      2016
      • Journal Article
        Carbonation behavior of hydraulic and non-hydraulic calcium silicates: potential of utilizing low-lime calcium silicates in cement-based materials
        [Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan]. Journal of Materials Science. 51(13), 6173--6191. "Springer US".
        https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10853-016-9909-4

      2014
      • Journal Article
        Determining the moisture content of pre-wetted lightweight aggregate: Assessing the variability of the paper towel and centrifuge methods
        [Miller, IV, AlbertE, Spragg, Robert, Antico, FC, Ashraf, W, Barrett, T, Behnood, A, Tian, Q].

      2013
      • Journal Article
        Laboratory-scale investigation on band gradations of aggregate for concrete
        [Ashraf, WB, Noor, MA]. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 25(11), 1776--1782. "American Society of Civil Engineers".

      2012
      • Journal Article
        Concrete Mix Design Procedure Using Locally Available Materials
        [Bint Ashraf, Warda]. "Department of Civil Engineering (CE), BUET".

      2011

      2020
      • Conference Proceeding
        Elemental Testing of Carbonated Silty Sand Treated with Lime
        Geo-Congress 2020: Foundations, Soil Improvement, and Erosion
        [Hossen, SKBelal, Gallant, AaronP, Ashraf, Warda]. 562--571. Minneapolis, Minnesota: "Geotechnical Special Publication, Geo-Congress 2020, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)".
        https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/9780784482780.055
      • Conference Proceeding
        Production of multifunctional cement-based composite using super-hydrophobic biochar
        [Haque, Muhammad, Khan, RakibulI, Ashraf, Warda, Pendse, Hemant]. "Proceedings of the third RILEM Spring Convention and Conference: Ambitioning a Sustainable Future for Built Environment: Comprehensive Strategies for Unprecedented Challenges".

      2018
      • Conference Proceeding
        Probabilistic Approach for Composition Selection of Freeze-Thaw Resistant Ordinary Portland Cement Concrete
        [Ashraf, Warda, Glinicki, MichalA, Olek, Jan]. Washington, DC: "Proceedings of Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting".
        https://trid.trb.org/view/1494341

      2016
      • Conference Proceeding
        Effects of high temperature on carbonated calcium silicate cement (CSC) and ordinary portland cement (OPC) paste
        [Ashraf, WardaB, Olek, Jan, Jeong, Hyungu, Atakan, Vahit]. "International Conference on Durability of Concrete Structures".
        https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/icdcs/2016/CARBONATION/2/

      2015
      • Conference Proceeding
        A Comparative Study of the Reactivity of Calcium Silicates during Hydration and Carbonation Reactions
        14th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement (ICCC 2015)
        [Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, Atakan, Vahit].

      2014
      • Conference Proceeding
        An Experimental Investigation of the Selected Properties of Calcium Silicate-Based Carbonated Concrete (CSCC) Systems
        American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fall 2014 Convention
        [Ashraf, Warda, Jeong, Hyungu, Olek, Jan, Jain, Jitendra].

      2012
      • Conference Proceeding
        Effects of aggregate gradation on water permeability of concrete
        Advanced Materials Research
        [Warda, BintAshraf, Munaz, AhmedNoor]. 488, 248--252.

      2011
      • Conference Proceeding
        An Experimental Comparative Study on the Effects of Cement Types on Concrete Properties
        31st Cement and Concrete Science Conference Novel Developments and Innovation in Cementitious Materials. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
        [Ashraf, WB, Noor, MA]. 1--4.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Compatibility of 5-10-14-18 and 5-10-18-22 Band Gradations for Required Concrete Properties
        Fib Symposium Prague 2011, Prague, Czech Republic, 8 -- 10 June, 2011
        [Ashraf, W.B., Noor, M.A.]. 321--324.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Concrete Property Analysis with the Perspective of “5-10-14-18” and “5-10-18-22” Band Gradation
        Applied Mechanics and Materials
        [Warda, BintAshraf, Munaz, AhmedNoor]. 84, 101--105.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Contours in Concrete Mix Design-A New Approach
        [Bint Ashraf, Warda, Noor, MunazAhmed]. Perth: "Proceedings of Concrete 2011 – 25th Biennial Conference of Concrete Institute of Australia,".

      2017
      • Other
        Reaction Kinetics, Microstructural Features and Mechanical Properties of CO2 Activated Low-Lime Calcium Silicate Binders
        [Ashraf, Warda]. "Purdue University".

      2013
      • Research Report
        Investigation of Anti-Icing Chemicals and Their Interactions with Pavement Concretes
        [Olek, Jan, Janusz, Anna, Jain, Jitendra, Ashraf, Warda]. "Joint Transportation Research Program".
        https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jtrp/1596/

Presentations

    • October  2020
      Ashraf, Warda, "Utilization of Cellulose Nanofibers for the Performance Enhancement of Portland Cement-based Materials", Virtual. (October , 2020).
    • March  2020
      Haque, MuhammadI, Khan, Rakibul, Ashraf, Warda, Pendse, Hemant, "Production of multifunctional cement-based composite using super-hydrophobic biochar", Virtual/ Guimarães, Portugal. (March , 2020).
    • October  2019
      Ashraf, Warda, "Effectiveness of biochemicals to control CaCO3 crystallization in carbonation activated binder systems", Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. (October , 2019).
    •  2018
      Kamasamudram, Kavya, Ashraf, Warda, Landis, Eric, "Development and Utilization of Silica-Cellulose nanocomposites for cement-based materials", Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. ( , 2018).
    •  2018
      Saladi, Naveen, Ashraf, Warda, "Pozzolanic properties of woody bio-ash", Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. ( , 2018).
    •  2016
      Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, "A multi-scale overview of carbonation activated non-hydraulic calcium silicate binder", Florida. ( , 2016).
    • July  2016
      Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, "Low-lime calcium silicate-based cement (CSC): Microscopic phase evolution, reaction kinetics, and strength", Evanston, Illinois. (July 10, 2016).
    • July  2016
      Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, "Understandings the performance controlling factors of the carbonate binders", Evanston, Illinois. (July 10, 2016).
    • April  2016
      Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, "Properties of carbonation activated calcium silicate systems", Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (April 16, 2016).
    • November  2015
      Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, "Carbonation behavior of hydraulic and non-hydraulic calcium silicates: potential of utilizing low-lime calcium silicates in cement-based materials", Denver, Colorado. (November 8, 2015).
    • July  2015
      Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, "Predicting macroscale elastic/viscoelastic properties of carbonated calcium silicate system from nanoindentation using Mori-Tanaka and self-consistent homogenization schemes", Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (July 16, 2015).
    • October  2014
      Ashraf, Warda, Jeong, Hyungu, Olek, Jan, "An experimental investigation of the selected properties of calcium silicate based carbonated concrete (CSCC) systems", Washington, DC, USA. (October 26, 2014).
    • July  2014
      Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, "Relative volumes of microstructural phases in heterogeneous system as determined by nanoindentation, X-ray elemental mapping and image analysis", West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. (July 16, 2014).
    • July  2014
      Ashraf, Warda, Olek, Jan, "Microstructural phase identification of calcium-silicate cement pastes using nanoindentation techniques", Cookeville, Tennessee, USA. (July 9, 2014).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Chair
      Ishrat Baki Borno,
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Chair
      Muhammad Intesarul Haque, (Civil Engineering)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Chair
      Rakibul Khan, (Civil Engineering)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Co-Chair
      Mohammad Jaberizadeh, (Civil Engineering)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Co-Chair
      Belal Hossen, (Civil Engineering)
      In-situ soil stabilization via carbonation (at UMaine)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Co-Chair
      Tahsina Islam, (Civil Engineering)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Co-Chair
      Tanvir Imtiaz, (Civil Engineering)
    • 2020
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Enrique Gonzalez , (Civil Engineering)
      Flexural Strength of Heat Treated Concrete Mixed with Recycled Glass Aggregate and Glass Pozzolan
    • 2020
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Yash Hitendrakumar Hitendrakumar Patel , (Civil Engineering)
      Numerical Analysis of Concrete Breakout Strength of Anchors in Shear within Fiber Reinforced Concrete
    • 2019
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Hosain Haddad Kolour , At the University of Maine (Civil Engineering)
      An Investigation on the Effects of Celluloose Nanofibrils on the Performance of Cement Based Composites
    • 2019
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Ben Smith , at The University of Maine (Civil Engineering)
    • 2019
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Parivash Takasi , At the University of Maine (Civil Engineering)
      A Laboratory Investigation of Concretes with Cellulose Nanofibers
    • 2019
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Rakibul Khan, (Civil Engineering)
      Utilization of Low-Lime Calcium Silicate in Hydrated and Carbonated Cementitious Materials
    • 2019
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Naveen Saladi, (Civil Engineering)
      Value-added utilization of bioash in construction materials
    • 2019
      Master's Thesis Committee Co-Chair
      Kavya Kamasamudram, (Civil Engineering)
      Cellulose Nano-Composites for Performance Enhancement of Portland Cement Based Materials
    • 2017
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Ethar H Alyaseen , At the University of Maine (Civil Engineering)
      Effects of The CNF on the Rheological Properties of the Cement Paste
    • 2017
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Mohammed Ahmed , At the University of Maine (Civil Engineering)
      Effect of CNF on Drying Shrinkage and Autogenous Shrinkage of Cement Paste

Courses

      • CE 6397-032 RESEARCH IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
        (Course Id: 102375)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CE 6697-032 RESEARCH IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
        (Course Id: 102380)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • AREN 2311-001 STATICS
        (Course Id: 112967)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CE 2311-001 STATICS
        (Course Id: 102142)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CE 2311-900 STATICS
        (Course Id: 102142)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • AREN 2311-1
        (Course Id: 112967)
        Fall - 2020
      • CE 6397-032 RESEARCH IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
        (Course Id: 102375)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • AREN 2311-001 STATICS
        (Course Id: 112967)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CE 6397-032 RESEARCH IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
        (Course Id: 102375)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2020
      • CE 6697-032 RESEARCH IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
        (Course Id: 102380)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2020
      • AREN 2311-1
        (Course Id: 112967)
        Spring - 2020
      • CE 6397-032 RESEARCH IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
        (Course Id: 102375)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • AREN 2311-001 STATICS
        (Course Id: 112967)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus

Service to the University

    • 2018 to  2019 Committee Member
      Faculty hiring committee, Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Maine
    • 2018 to  2019 Committee Member
      Faculty hiring committee, Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Maine

Service to the Profession

    • 2020 to  Present
      Reviewer, Grant Proposal
      ConTex Collaborative Research Grants
    • 2020 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, Springer
    • 2020 to  Present
      Reviewer, Grant Proposal
      National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • 2020 to  Present
      Reviewer, Grant Proposal
      University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Grants
    • 2019 to  Present
      Reviewer, Grant Proposal
      Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
    • 2018 to  Present
      Reviewer, Grant Proposal
      ACS Petroleum Research Fund
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      ACS Nano
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      ACS Omega
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Applied Science, MDPI
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Cement and Concrete Composites, Elsevier
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Cement and Concrete Research
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Engineering Structures, Elsevier
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Building Engineering, Elsevier
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, Taylor & Franscis Online
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Springer
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Materials, MDPI
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Polymer Degradation and Stability, Elsevier
    • 2016 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier