Research for better roads



Stronger road materials and more resilient repairs are two key features of UMD's civil engineering professor Manik Barman's research. The benefits reach all corners of Minnesota in the form of smoother, safer roads.

A street-level view of a pothole filled with water with houses and snowbanks in the background
Manik Barman kneels in the street near a measuring tool to document a crack
Vishruthi Manickavasagan, a MS student in Civil Engineering scoops an asphalt sample from a tray while wearing protective gear
A sample of asphalt is pried apart in a machine in the lab


Manik Barman smiles at the camera while seated at a table
A member of the road testing crew holds a stop sign while others do research in the background on a snowy Duluth street