Dr. Charles W. Schwartz


Dr. Charles W. Schwartz received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His expertise spans the related areas of mechanistic pavement analysis and design, material characterization and constitutive modeling, geotechnical engineering, geomechanics, and infrastructure maintenance and management. Dr. Schwartz teaches University courses on numerical analysis, pavement design and analysis, advanced soil mechanics, and computational geomechanics and pavement mechanics. He also develops and presents short courses to industry and agency groups.

Dr. Schwartz’s research interests and experience focus on analytical and numerical modeling techniques for pavement structures and the characterization and laboratory testing of pavement materials. Recent major research projects in which he has participated include: NCHRP Project 1-37A 2002 Pavement Design Guide, NCHRP 9-19 Superpave Performance Models, NCHRP 9-30A Calibration of Rutting Models for HMA Structural and Mix Design, NCHRP 1-47 Sensitivity Evaluation of MEPDG Performance Prediction, NCHRP 9-51 Material Properties of Cold In-Place Recycled and Full Depth Reclamation Asphalt Concrete for Pavement Design; FHWA-sponsored projects on Using Radio Frequency Identification Technology to Better Manage and Assess Pavements and Evaluation of LTPP Climatic Data for Use in the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG); and the pooled fund study Standardizing Lightweight Deflectometer Modulus Measurements for Compaction Quality Assurance. He also regularly assists the Maryland State Highway Administration and other local agencies and private firms on pavement-related topics. Dr. Schwartz in the past has also been active in the development and implementation of pavement management systems for airfield and highway pavements, including systems at John F. Kennedy, Newark, and Laguardia International airports and others.

Dr. Schwartz is an active member of TRB (Chair, AFD80—Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Pavement Sections; Member, AFK50—Characteristics of Bituminous Paving Materials to Meet Structural Requirements), ASCE (Chair, Geo-Institute Pavements Committee; Member, T&DI Highway Pavements Committee), AAPT, and ISAP (Member, Technical Committee on Constitutive Modeling of Asphaltic Materials). He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Pavement Engineering and an editorial board member for Transportation Geotechnics, the International Journal of Geomechanics, and the International Journal of Roads and Airports. He is also an active continuing education instructor for the FHWA National Highway Institute.

Professor and Chair

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Maryland-College Park

1173G Glenn L. Martin Hall

301.405.1962 (office)

202.365.6306 (cell)

301.405.2585 (fax)

schwartz at umd.edu (email)