Jhony Habbouche, Ph.D, P.E.

Senior Research Scientist

Research Interests: 

  • Advanced Testing and Characterization of Engineered Paving Materials
  • Mechanistic and Mechanistic-Empirical Analyses for Pavement Structures
  • Full-scale Pavement Structure Testing, Evaluation, and Numerical Modeling
  • Evaluation and Benefit-Cost Analysis of Pavement Preservation Treatments
  • Computer Applications in Civil Engineering


  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, March 2019, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, December 2015, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 2014, Lebanese University, Lebanon


  • Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia


  • Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT)
    • Associate Member
    • Communications Committee - Member
    • Membership Committee – Member
    • Associate Editor
  • Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Highway Pavement Committee - Younger Committee Member
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Transportation Research Board
    • Member - AKM20 Standing Committee on Binders for Flexible Pavements
    • Member - AKP30 Standing Committee on Design and Rehabilitation of Asphalt Pavements
    • Member - Transportation Infrastructure Group (TIG) Young Member Subcommittee
    • Member - Young Members Coordinating Council (YMCC)
    • Co-representative for the Transportation Infrastructure Group (TIG) to the Young Members Coordinating Council Handling Editor
  • National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)
    • Advisor and Panel Member - IDEA 20-30/IDEA Project 229: Lab Dielectric Measurement System (LDMS) for Asphalt Bulk Specific Gravity Determination
    • Panel 09-71 Guidance to Develop Optimized Framework of Asphalt Mixtures Performance Testing for Balanced Mix Design and Acceptance (BMD&A)


  • Bahia El Hariri Award for Lebanese Baccalaureate Excellence, Lebanon, August 2009
  • “Born to Excel Award” and “Salim Wardeh Award” for Lebanese Baccalaureate Excellence, September 2009
  • Ramzi Irani Award for Civil Engineering Excellence, Major of Promotion, Lebanese University, Faculty of Engineering, Lebanon, May 2013
  • 2016 Award for Outstanding Article in Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, ASTM International Committee on Publications
  • Outstanding International Graduate Student Award for Years 2016, 2017, and 2018, Graduate Student Association, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Unity in Diversity Conference Award, Graduate Student Association, University of Nevada, Reno, March 2016
  • VTRC Horizon Award, 2021
  • VTRC Jack H. Dillard Best Paper Award, "Balanced Mix Design for Surface Asphalt Mixtures: Phase I: Initial Roadmap Development and Specification Verification" (with S. Diefenderfer and I. Boz), 2021
  • VTRC Director's Award, 2022
  • 2023 Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) Board of Directors Award of Appreciation for contribution to the inaugural AAPT 2022/2023 Annual Report
  • 2023 Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) President’s Award in recognition of service as Chairman of the Communications Committee for the years 2021 and 2022.
  • VTRC Jack H. Dillard Best Paper Award, "Simple and Practical Tests for Rutting Evaluation of Asphalt Mixtures in the Balanced Mix Design Process" (with S. Diefenderfer and I. Boz), 2023

Current Projects


Jhony Habbouche, Ph.D, P.E.


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Last updated: May 7, 2024

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