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Kamal Hossain

Assistant Professor of Pavement Engineering

Degrees:Postdoc (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), PhD (Waterloo), BEng (BUET), PEng
Phone:613-520-2600 x 5789
Office:Mackenzie 3370
Website:Visit Dr. Kamal Hossain’s Pavement Research Lab

Prof. Hossain’s mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Teaching Assignment 2020-2021

  • CIVE2004 GIS, Surveying, CAD & BIM
  • CIVE5303 Pavements & Materials

Summer 2021

  • CIVE 5806 Special Topic in Transportation: Advanced Pavement Engineering and Management

Research Interests

Pavement engineering, Road materials, Pavement performance and sustainability, Pavement recycling technologies, Asphalt characterization, rheology and modeling, Smart pavement with self-healing, energy-harvesting, self-lighting, and sensing-properties, Pavement mechanics, mechanistic design analysis and modeling, Life cycle assessment for pavement and municipal infrastructure, Pavement condition evaluation and preservation technologies, Winter road maintenance, Highway deicing and anti-icing, Cold regions pavement engineering, Northern pavement issues, Climate change impact and adaption, Resilient infrastructure, Pavement asset management.

Professional Services

  • Assistant Professor, Carleton University, Sept. 2020 – Present
  • Assistant Professor (Sept. 2017- Aug. 2020), Adjunct Professor (Sept. 2020 – Present), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Consultant, Multi-Materials Stewardship Board of Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2018 – 2020
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Illinois Center for Transportation, Sept. 2016 – Aug. 2017
  • Lecturer, University of Waterloo, Jan. 2016 – Aug. 2016
  • Graduate Researcher/Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Waterloo, 2011 – 2016

Professional Memberships

  • Standing Committee Member, United States Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Asphalt Binders (AFK20/AKM20)
  • Standing Committee Member, United States Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Pavement Maintenance (AHD20/AKT30)
  • Technical Committee Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Bituminous Materials
  • Research Task Force Lead and Academic Member, The Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE)
  • Member, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA)
  • Member, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)


Honours/Awards (Selected)

  • Research Excellence Award to PhD Student, Memorial University Graduate Student Union, 2020
  • Best Paper of Pavements Award, ASCE T&DI Pavement Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2019
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • University of Waterloo Graduate Student Award (5 times), 2011-2014

Media Coverage/Features (Selected)


Journal Articles 

  • Rana, M, Hossain, K. (2021). Simulation of Autonomous Truck for Minimizing Asphalt Pavement Distresses. Road Materials and Pavement Design. Taylor and Francis.
  • Alam, R, Hossain, K, Bazan C. (2021). Life Cycle Analysis for Asphalt Pavement in Canadian Context: Modeling and Application. International Journal of Pavement Engineering. Taylor and Francis.
  • Abdelazim S, El-Hakim M, Hossain K, Volovski M. (2020). Pavement Damage Costs by Truck Class and Economy of Scale Relative to Increased Loading. International Journal of Pavement Engineering. Taylor and Francis.
  • Ahmed R B, Hossain K, Hajj R M. (2020). Chemical, Morphological, and Fundamental Behavior of Rejuvenated Asphalt Binders. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
  • Swarna S T, Hossain K, Pandya H, Mehta Y A. (2020). Assessing Climate Change Impact on Asphalt Binder Grade: Selection and its Implications. 100th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of National Academies of Science and Engineering. Washington DC, USA. Accepted.
  • Alam R, Hossain K, Bazan C. (2020). A Systematic Approach to Estimate Global Warming Potential from Pavement Vehicle Interaction Using Canadian Long-Term Pavement Performance Data. Journal of Cleaner Production. Elsevier.
  • Dhasmana H, Hossain K, Sarakas A A. (2019). Effect of Long-Term Aging on the Rheological Properties of Rejuvenated Asphalt Binder. Road Materials and Pavement Design. Taylor and Francis.
  • Swarna S T, Hossain K, Reddy M A, Pandey B B. (2019). A Mechanistic and Economic Analysis of Two-Lift Concrete Pavements. Road Materials and Pavement Design. Taylor and Francis.
  • Safi F, Al-Qadi I, Hossain K, Ozer H. (2019). Total Recycled Asphalt (TRA) Mixes’ Characteristics and Field Performance. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.
  • Safi F, Hossain K, Wu S, Al-Qadi I, Ozer H. (2018). Modeling Creep Compliance of Asphalt Mixtures Containing Recycled Materials. Construction & Building Materials. Elsevier.
  • Ahmed R B, Hossain K. (2019). Waste Cooking Oil as an Asphalt Rejuvenator: A State-of-The-Art Review. Construction and Building Materials. Elsevier.
  • Alam R, Hossain K, Butt A A, Caudle T, Bazan C. (2019). Life Cycle Assessment of Asphalt Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation Techniques: A Study for the City of St. John’s. Canadian Journal of Civil Engieering.
  • Hossain K, Karakas A, Hossain Z. (2018).Effects of Aging and Rejuvenation on Surface Free Energy Measurements and Adhesion of Asphalt Mixtures.  ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
  • Hosseini F, Hossain K, Fu L. (2017). Bio-based Materials for Improving Winter Pavement Friction. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.
  • Hossain K, Fu L, Lake R. (2016). Optimum Winter Road Maintenance: Effect of Pavement Types. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.
  • Hossain K, Fu L, Law B. (2015). Winter Contaminants on Parking Lots and Sidewalks: Friction Characteristics and Slipping Risks. ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering.
  • Hossain K, Fu L, Donnely T, Lamb Z, Muresan, M. (2016). Field Investigation on the Effectiveness of Pre-wetting Strategy for Winter Road Maintenance. ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering.
  • Hossain, K., Fu, L., & Olesen, A. (2014). Effectiveness of Anti-Icing Operations for Snow and Ice Control of Parking Lots and Sidewalks. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.
  • Hossain S M K, Fu L, Lu C. (2014). Deicing Performance of Road Salts: Modeling and Applications. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board of National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.

Contribution to Books 

  • Hossain K.(2021). Chapter No. 10176, Roadway Pavement Conditions and Various Summer and Winter Maintenance Strategies. Section – Transport Safety and Security. International Encyclopedia of Transportation, Elsevier. In Press. ISBN: 9780081026724. Invited.
  • Liu Q, Hossain K, Tighe S. (2019). Field Assessment of Three-Dimensional Surface Texture and Frictional Properties of Experimental Canadian Road Pavements. In Pavement and Asset Management (pp. 73-80). Taylor and Francis, CRC Press. ISBN 978-0-367-20989-6.
  • Hossain K, Muresan M, Fu L. (2018). Book Chapter: Chapter 20 – Application Guidelines for Optimal Deicing and Anti-icing. In Sustainable Winter Road Operations (pp. 443-471). Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-18506-2. Invited.


  • Hossain, K. “NL pavement specifications based on life-cycle cost and provincial climate.” Presentation to the Honorable Finance Minister Tom Osborne of Government of Newfoundland and Labrador at Government Confederation Building, St. John’s, October 11, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “Initiative for Pavement Research Program for NL Roads”, Presentation to the Honorable Minister Steve Crocker, Department of Transportation and Works, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Confederation Building, St. John’s, NL, Mar. 26, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “Development of pavement research program in N. L. and how road Conditions in N. L. can be improved”. Public Lecture. Sponsored by Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. St. John’s, NL, November 20, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “Asphalt Repair – Innovation Project” Presentation to The City of Mount Pearl, July 16, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “Improved pavement design, construction & maintenance specs through innovative research for Mount Pearl” Presentation at the infrastructure engineering department of the City of Mount Pearl, NL, May 28, 2019
  • Hossain K. “Laboratory Investigation of the Characteristics of Rejuvenated Asphalt Binder”. 64th Annual Conference of Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA). Montreal, QC, November 27, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “Sustainable Winter Road Maintenance Webinar” Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC), Washington State University and University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, July 9, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “An Overview of Pavement Research Activities at Memorial University” Presentation at the Pavement Engineering Research Symposium and 2019 Grinch Meeting, University of Waterloo, ON, Apr. 26, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “How can we reduce potholes and ruts in our NL roads?”, FEAS Lunch and Learn Lecture Series, Public Presentation, MUN, St. John’s, NL, Mar. 15, 2019
  • Al-Qadi et al. “Total Recycled Asphalt (TRA) Mixes’ Characteristics and Field Performance”. 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of National Academies for Science and Engineering. Lectern Session. Washington DC, USA, Jan. 15, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “A Mechanistic Study of Two-Lift Concrete Pavements: Design & Economics”. 98th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB) of National Academies for Science and Engineering, Lectern Session. Washington DC, USA, Jan. 16, 2019
  • Hossain, K. “Effect of UV Aging on Rheological Properties of Asphalt Cement”. 63rd Annual Meeting, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA), Regina, SK, Nov. 14, 2018
  • Hossain, K. “Sustainable Pavements and Winter Road Maintenance for Newfoundland”, Department of Public Works of City of St. John’s, NL, March 23, 2018
  • Hossain, K. “Pavement Research Initiatives for NL”, Department of Planning, Engineering & Regulatory Services, The City of St. John’s, NL, Dec. 23, 2017
  • Hossain, K. “Advanced Data for Sustainable Pavement Designs”, DalTrack, Department of Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Nov. 14, 2017

Teaching Interests/Courses Taught 

  • Pavements and Materials
  • Pavement Design and Analysis
  • Asphalt Concrete Modelling
  • Highway Engineering
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Management

Prospective Graduate Students 

  • Pavement Research Group at Carleton University, Ottawa seeks applications from prospective graduate students (PhD/MASc) (1) who are highly motivated in research, and developing and generating new knowledge, (2) who have a strong academic record, (3) who have some research or practical experiences in pavement engineering/relevant field. The selected graduate student(s) will be conducting research in one or multiple areas of pavement engineering.
  • The applicants who meet these above three criteria are strongly encouraged to contact Prof. Kamal Hossain at for consideration. If you are interested to join our research team, please send your detailed CV, transcripts, and English language test result (if applicable). Based on review of the applicant’s documents, only selected candidates will be contacted for next step.
  • Please know that, if English is not your first language, you need to complete TOEFL or IELTS English language test before you apply. A minimum score of 90 overall with 23 in writing for the TOEFL iBT test and 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing for the IELTS test is required for recommendation.