CTS Scholar, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
As a research associate in the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Tompkins has worked on numerous federal and state research projects in the field of pavement research. Those projects have led to new structural models for pavement responses and performance, improved pavement design, and increased use of alternative construction materials. His current research interests include structural analysis of roadway pavements; full-scale testing of pavements; composition of roadway construction materials and the use of industrial wastes and by-products as roadway construction materials; and finite element and lattice analysis of quasi-brittle fracture in concrete pavements. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University, an M.A. in English from DePaul University, and a B.S. with honors from Buena Vista College.