•Outstanding Technical Achievement•
Carlos R. Gonzalez, Ph.D., P.E.
Research Civil Engineer
Engineering Systems & Materials Division
Geotechnical & Structures Laboratory
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Education: Ph.D., civil engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.S. and B.S., civil engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.
As one of the Army’s leading experts in pavement design and evaluation of airfields, Dr. Carlos R. González responsibilities lie where the rubber hits the road – literally. With 30 years of experience as a Research Civil Engineer in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Dr. González has made significant technical contributions to the pavement design and analysis. Over the course of his distinguished career, he’s cemented while serving as a lead pavement design subject matter expert for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
Dr. González’s research in the development and implementation of innovative design and analytical procedures has directly supported U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine airfield and road planning and construction. As an expert in flexible, rigid, unpaved, and mat-surfaced pavements capable of handling everything from standard passenger vehicles, to tanks, to fully loaded C-17 cargo jets, he has applied his cutting-edge research to developing the Pavement-Transportation Computer Assisted Structural Engineering (PCASE) software – now the DOD’s standard tool for pavement design and analysis.
With an extensive educational background in soil mechanics, he has developed pavement design computing tools based on layered elastic theory, mechanistic-empirical and complex numerical methods used by engineers throughout the military and civilian engineering sectors. Dr. González is also an expert in rubblization and nondestructive testing and has recently developed a tool to expedite the evaluation of unsurfaced airfields for use in contingency runway operations. His work on the CBR-Beta Method has modernized the DOD’s flexible pavement design methodology, replacing a method in use since the 1940’s.
Dr. González has also made significant contributions to the development of roughness criteria for landing operations of C-17 aircraft on semi-prepared runways, creating an immediate impact on the runway design and construction in combat zones and forward areas.
The recipient of numerous awards and certificates of recognition for both his military and civilian service, and the author or co-author of over 17 professional publications, Dr. González still finds the time to regularly share his knowledge with engineers both inside and outside the military throughout the world. He’s served as a formal instructor for Department of Defense pavement design workshops in Asia, Europe and the U.S. In 2003, he volunteered for a four-month tour of duty in Kabul, Afghanistan, supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development and facilitating the mobilization of military convoys by conducting aerial road surveys and mapping the most efficient transportation routes.
As a senior member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, he also participates in numerous STEM outreach programs. He spends his summers mentoring minority students from his alma mater, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Summer Internship Program.
With his authoritative theoretical expertise and practical hands-on knowledge of his specialty, Dr. González is now a primary subject-matter expert called on by the Department of Defense in pavement design and evaluation matters and a truly valuable member of the Army’s team of technical experts.
-By Vinnie Longobardo