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Byron E. Ruth

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Byron E. Ruth started his PhD studies at West Virginia University in 1961 after receiving his MSCE degree from Purdue University.

James H. Schaub, who was at Purdue at the same time, suggested that he pursue a PhD with research in asphalt mixture design based on the Gyratory Testing Machine.

In 1967 he was promoted to assistant professor after teaching a variety of civil engineering courses.

In 1970, Ruth joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Florida and retired in 2000 as a professor emeritus.

During his professional career he served on numerous technical committees of the Transportation Research Board, American Society for Testing and Materials and American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

He was president of the West Virginia Section of ASCE in 1969, Florida Region of ASPRS in 1977-78 and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists during 1986-87.

The Canadian Technical Asphalt Association and AAPT elected him to honorary member.

After being a recipient of the prestigious Ronald D. Kenyon Research Award from the National Asphalt Pavement Association in 1996, he considers the induction into West Virginia University Department of Civil and Environmental Academy of Distinguished Alumni as the most outstanding honor he could receive in his professional career.