"ASCE Monismith Lecture on Pavement Preservation"

Dr. R. Gary Hicks P.E.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m. | Kearney 311

Paved road lined with trees.


Pavement preservation of asphalt pavements has grown considerably over the past 25 plus years. This lecture focuses on the history of pavement preservation, types of treatments used for asphalt pavements, challenges facing the pavement preservation industry, opportunities for expanding preservation use, and important steps as the pavement preservation industry moves forward.


Dr. Gary Hicks is a part-time project manager for the California Pavement Preservation Center established at California State University, Chico in 2006 and a private consultant to several companies and organizations. Prior to his project manager role, Dr. Hicks was the Technical Director for the CP2 Center, senior principal for MACTEC E&C (now WOOD LLC) in Sacramento, California, and a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Oregon State University for over 25 years before retiring in 1997. He also was an associate professor at Georgia Tech in the early 1970s and was a senior engineer for Woodward Clyde Consultants in the 1960s.

Dr. Hicks has worked in the area of pavements and pavement preservation for nearly 50 years. He was involved in the development of the 1972, 1986, and the 2002 AASHTO Pavement Design Guides and participated in the SHRP A-003A contract to develop new and improved tests for asphalt concrete mixes. He also was principal investigator on numerous projects for Caltrans, Oregon DOT, Asphalt DOT&PF, FHWA, NCHRP, and Industry. 

He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley where his major professor was Carl Monismith. He has been active with the Transportation Research Board (having served as the head of the pavements section and as a member of the pavement maintenance and preservation committees), Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (having served as president and selected as an honorary member), Foundation for Pavement Preservation (served on the board), the International Society of Asphalt Pavements (founder member, served on the board, and an honorary member), and ASCE where he was the young member of the year in 1975 for the Georgia Section, a member of the airfield pavement and highway pavement committees, and the Chair of the Highway pavements committee. He is a registered Civil Engineer in the states of California, Oregon, and Alaska and has authored more than 200 publications and one textbook, with Clark Oglesby titled “Highway Engineering” and won numerous awards during his career. He is still active as a consultant to several companies and organizations in the area of pavement design, management, maintenance, and rehabilitation.

About the series

The Edwards Lecture Series, initiated by Professor Harry Yeh in 2005, is named in honor of Miles Lowell Edwards, an engineering genius, known for his unique and successful inventions. His remarkable achievements included developing prosthetic heart valves, creating timber industry materials to debark trees, and enabling Boeing B-17 aircraft pumps to operate at high altitudes.  

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