Phone: 505.277.6083
Fax: 505.277.1988

Physical Address

Room 3054
Centennial Engineering Center
Building # 112 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC01 1070
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Professor and Regents' Lecturer

Department of Civil Engineering

Registered Professional Engineer


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Curriculum Vitae


During the last 10 years of faculty career at three different universities, Dr. Tarefder has taught transportation-related undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily in the area of geotechnical engineering, pavement design, mechanics and materials.

During the last 7 years at UNM, Dr. Tarefder has developed a nationally and internationally recognized Pavement Engineering Program by significantly enhancing the laboratory facilities, increasing extramural and intramural research funds, and attracting brilliant graduate students.

His research funding comes from various sources including NMDOT, FHWA, FAA, and NSF, where he won the prestigious CAREER award.

Dr. Tarefder has organized NSF 2009 Workshop, EMI 2010 symposium, and Annual Paving and Transportation Conference in New Mexico. He is the Editor of the IACMAG Newsletter, Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Pavements, Member of Two Committees and Steering Committee of the National Research Council of Transportation Research Board, Chair of the Equipment Committee in Civil Engineering, and Member of the Expert Panel of NSF. 

Teaching Interests

  • Characterization and Design of Pavement Materials and System
  • Advanced Modeling in Transportation Geotechnics
  • Design of Sustainable Transportation Infrastructures

Research Interests

  • Multi-scale Testing and Instrumentation of Pavement Materials and System
  • Advanced Modeling Including FEM, Molecular Dynamics, and Neural Networks
  • Geo-Pavement Mechanics, Sustainability, Damage, Recycling, Non Destructive Testing

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