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Dallas N. Jr., Ph.D.,  P.E., Dist. M.ASCE


Regents Professor


E.B. Snead Chair Professor of Transportation and Civil Engineering


 Distinguished Member American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Texas A&M University Senior Research Fellow of Texas Transportation Institute


Associate Director International Center for Aggregate Research (In cooperation with the University of Texas at Austin)


Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada





Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.


M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, United States Air Force Academy.

Research Interest

Materials Engineering, Foundation Engineering, Materials Science, Soil Mechanics,  Materials Characterization, Utilization of By-product sulfur, Structural Pavement Design, Recycling of Infrastructure Materials, Chemical Soils/Aggregate Stabilization, Damage Mechanisms in Asphalt Mixtures (Fracture, Fatigue and Healing).


Professor Dallas N. Little received his bachelor of science in civil engineering degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1970. He received a master-of-science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1973 and a doctor of philosophy in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1979. He is Regents Professor at Texas A&M and holder of the E. B. Snead endowed chair in Transportation Engineering in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering of the Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He has advised scores of students   now in leadership positions in the field of infrastructure and transportation engineering in the U.S. and around the world both in academia and industry. Professor Little is senior research fellow at the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), and was the first researcher named to that position at TTI. He has served as principal investigator over an array of national research projects for such sponsors as the FHWA, NCHRP, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation. He has also served as principal investigator on numerous projects for the Texas Department of Transportation and private industry. He is currently principal investigator of Texas A&M University’s role in the $30 million Asphalt Research Consortium (ARC) project focused on advancing the state of knowledge in the fundamental and applied design and analysis of asphalt  materials and pavements.  Among his other duties Professor Little is associate director of the International Center for Aggregates Research (ICAR), a member of the Executive Committee of the Southwest University Transportation Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Centre for Excellence in Transportation Research and co-chair of the FHWA’s Expert Task Group on Modeling and Fundamental Properties of Asphalt Materials.


Professor Little has extensive design, analysis and forensic engineering experience with companies on a world-wide basis. As a consultant he has been involved in numerous major projects including:  Denver International Airport; proposed Qatar-Bahrain Causeway; airfield design reviews for the Central Command in Iraq and Afghanistan; airfield design projects for Houston Airport Systems; design-build toll highway systems such as the widening of IH 635 between Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas, the SH 130 south Texas project, and preliminary engineering investigation of subgrade design for the Grand Parkway in Houston; and soil stabilization implementation projects in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.   


Professor Little has authored approximately 360 significant reports (including over 160 journal articles). He has received 11 awards for his technical papers including three Emmons Award from the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. He received the Trinity Industries/C. V. Wootan Career Achievement Award in 1999 for research leadership in materials engineering from the Texas Transportation Institute and the Regents Professor Award in 2009 from Texas A&M University for “outstanding contributions to the people of Texas and beyond”. He was elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2011. He received the Award of Recognition from the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists in 2008. He is an adjunct professor for the University of Saskatchewan.


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