Cristian Druta, Senior Research Associate

Center for Infrastructure-Based Safety Systems: Eco-Transportation and Alternative Technologies

Christian Druta is a senior research associate at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

He has assisted with HMA characterization to support implementation of MEPDG procedures, and developed/maintained documentation of specific project procedures and policies.

Druta has also conducted flexible pavement surface evaluations, assisted pavement engineers with forensic studies, installed wireless pavement data acquisition systems, performed non-destructive testing on granular materials and asphalt concrete, and conducted non-destructive testing on asphalt binders and asphalt-aggregate interfaces. He has been involved with large scale project management related to energy harvesting from pavements and pavement accelerated testing. Druta has extensive experience involving pavement friction evaluation using various testing devices including the scaled accelerated pavement testing facility by Virginia Tech. He now manages two projects for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) related to animal detection systems and connected vehicle-road friction evaluation. These projects seek new ways to mitigate the animal-vehicle collisions (AVCs) and warn drivers on localized roadway hazards so that lives are saved and associated incident costs diminished.

Druta has also developed and prepared proposal initiatives, reports, journal and conference papers, as well as taught a civil engineering materials laboratory/class at Virginia Tech.