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Surya Swarna

Program: Ph.D. (Thesis); 2018-2022; Thesis Title: Influence of Climate Change on Pavement Design and Materials in Canada ; Current Position: Postdoc, Rowan University, USA


Surya Swarna completed his Ph.D. in pavement engineering at Memorial University. His work was focused on understanding climate change effects on pavement performance. He holds a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur and has 3 years of research experience in pavement engineering. He was involved in research related to the mechanistic analysis of concrete pavements and the evaluation of various pavements using FWD. In addition, he has experience in advanced rheological characterization of asphalt binders using a dynamic shear rheometer (DSR). He has published and presented his research papers at various national and international conferences and reputable journals.


  • Ph.D. (Transportation Engineering), Memorial University, Canada
  • M.Tech. (Transportation Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
  • B.Tech. (Civil Engineering), Acharya Nagarjuna University, India


  • Fellow of School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2020
  • Research Excellence Award, Memorial University Graduate Studies Union, 2020
  • Transport Canada Travel Grant, Government of Canada
  • MHRD Scholarship, Government of India
  • AP ePass Scholarship for Undergraduate Study

Research Interests

  • Pavement mechanics, MEPDG, climate change impacts on pavements

Academic Events

  • Attended Transportation Research Board (TRB) 99th Annual Meeting from 13th to 16th January 2020, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C and presented one poster on my research.
  • Attended 64th Canadian Technical Asphalt Association Conference from 24th to 27th November 2019, in Montreal, Canada and presented one poster on climate change impact on pavement performance.
  • Attended the Building Climate Resilience Conference: A Conference on Incorporating Climate Change into Public Infrastructure Planning and Design on 9th April 2019, at Capital Hotel, in St. John’s, NL, Canada.
  • Attended 14th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting from 10th to 14th December 2018, at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Canada.
  • Attended 12th Transportation Planning and Implementation Methodologies for Developing Countries (TPMDC) Conference from 19th to 21st December 2016, at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India and presented a paper on two-lift concrete pavements.


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Conference papers