Manjriker Gunaratne

Manjriker Gunaratne is professor and chairman of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Florida. He obtained his B.Sc (Engr.) degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and master of applied science and the doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia and Purdue University, respectively. He has authored over 50 research papers in a number of peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has made a number of technical presentations at national and international forums. He has supervised the masters’ theses of 23 students and doctoral dissertations of 20 students, all of who hold responsible technical positions in public service, industry and academia in many countries. He has been involved in funded research amounting to over $4 million. He has also held fellowships at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and NASA Robert Goddard Space Flight Center.

Geotechnical Aspects of Pavement Engineering

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Nishantha Bandara and Gunaratne Manjriker

Familiarity with geotechnical aspects of pavement engineering is essential for the practicing pavement engineer. When designing pavements, accurate characterization of the existing subgrade condition becomes a crucial task. In the past, traditional geotechnical exploration and testing methods have been used to characterize existing subgrade conditions.