Sahadat Hossain and Warda Ashraf, two civil engineering professors, at work in their Nedderman Lab, which is in the basement. They have a lab that can test the asphalt/recycled plastic road's durability, cost, safety, etc.
"One word: plastics." That's the famous career advice from the movie The Graduate. A professor at UT Arlington must have gotten the same message, because 56 years later he's making history by using plastics to repair and stabilize roadways in the DFW area.
Dr. Sahadat Hossain—a UTA civil engineering professor and director of the school's Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability—got a grant of around $950,000 from the Dallas district of the Texas Department of Transportation to achieve the first use of “plastic road” material in Texas. The project will begin with work on roads near Kaufman, southeast of Dallas.