Tara Cavalline, Ph.D., P.E.

Tara Cavalline, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering Technology & Construction Management
Phone: 
704-687-5035
Fax: 
704-687-1607
Degrees & Professional Registration: 
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Infrastructure and Environmental Systems, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2012
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science with Honors and Distinction, Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  • Professional Engineer licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania
Research: 
  • Portland cement concrete and cementitious materials
    • Durability and service life
    • Optimizing materials and mixture design
    • Enhancing performance of concrete infrastructure
    • Quality assurance for concrete construction
  • Sustainable construction materials
  • Masonry materials
  • Bridge Management Systems
  • Pavement Management Systems
Other Professional Appointments: 
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management, Faculty Associate, August 2006 to August 2012, Assistant Professor, August 2012 to present
  • Sutton-Kennerly & Associates, Inc., Project Engineer, February 2003 to August 2006
  • MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc., Senior Engineer, January 2000 to February 2003
  • The Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, Research Assistant, May 1998 to December 1999
  • Transportation Research Board Committee AFN20, Properties of Concrete – Member, Chairperson (April 2008 to April 2015)
  • Transportation Research Board Committee AFN30, Durability of Concrete - Member
  • International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) – Member, Vice President of Carolinas Chapter
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) - Member
  • Technical Panel, Innovative Pavement Research Foundation (IPRF) Project No. FAA-01-G-002-04-6, "Lithium Admixtures and Early Age Properties of Production Concrete" – Member
Research Grants: 
  • PI, “Improved Data for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design for Concrete Pavements.”  North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  August 2014 to August 2016 ($229,955).  (Co-PI Dr. Brett Tempest).
  • PI, “Petrographic Examination and Laboratory Testing of Concrete Core Samples - 2013 Pavement Management Program, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia.”  Boudreau Engineering.  April 2014 to May 2015. ($62,933).  (Co-PI Dr. Wes Williams)
  • Co-PI, “Cost Analysis on the Reuse of Concrete Residuals.”  North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). August 2014 to August 2016 ($209,367).  (PI – Dr. Nicholas Tymvios)
  • PI, “Determination of Bridge Deterioration Models and Bridge User Costs for NCDOT Bridge Management System.”  North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), August 2013 to August 2015 ($174,801).
  • PI, “Laboratory Testing of Concrete Cores for Coefficient of Thermal Expansion” North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), May 2013 to December 2013 ($6,454).
  • PI, “Durability of Lightweight Concrete Bridge Decks – Field Evaluation.”  North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  August 2010 to October 2012 ($180,186).
  • Co-PI, “Development of a Concrete Masonry Design and Construction Course.”  National Concrete Masonry Association Foundation.  January 2013 to May 2014 ($8,511).  (PI – Dr. Thomas Nicholas)
  • Researcher, "Development and Validation of Pavement Deterioration Models and Analysis Weight Factors for the NCDOT Pavement Management System."  North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  April 2011 to April 2013 ($180,509).
  • PI, "Petrographic Examination and Laboratory Testing of Concrete Core Samples." 2010 Pavement Management Program, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia. May 2010 through October 2010 ($38,150).
  • PI, "Effect of Temperature on Surface Resistivity of Concrete." UNC Charlotte Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management.  February 2012 to August 2012 ($3,000).
  • PI, "Constructing Diversity, UNC Charlotte Women in Construction (WIC) Club." Chancellor's Diversity Challenge grant. September 2009 through May 2010 ($5,000).
  • PI, "Petrographic Examination of Concrete Core Samples." 2007 Pavement Management Program, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia. Final report submitted to United Consulting, ($24,999) September 2007.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, "Building Materials Reclamation Program." United States Department of Energy. (PI- Dr. David Weggel), September 2008 through September 2011.
  • Research Assistant, "Stormwater Characterization from Roadways with Open Graded Friction Course Surfaces." (PI – Dr. Jy Wu), August 2010 to August 2012.
Recent Publications: 
  • Cavalline, T.L., Schwerin, D.E., Weggel, D.C., and McClure, C. (2014).  “Construction of a Full-Scale Recycled Brick Masonry Aggregate Concrete Test Pavement.”  Proceedings of IJAC/ISAM, September 25-27, 2014.
  • Nicholas II, T., Radford, P., Cavalline, T., and Brizendine, A.L. (2014).  “Compressive Performance of Recycled Aggregate Mortar.”  Proceedings of IJAC/ISAM, September 25-27, 2014.
  • Goyal, R., Ramsey, J., Whelan, M.J., Cavalline, T.L., Tempest, B.Q. (2014).   “A Framework for Statistical Regression of Bridge Deterioration Rates for Improved BMS Classification.”  9th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges.  Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 15-18, 2014.
  • Chen, D., Cavalline, T.L., and Mastin, N. (2014). “Development of Piecewise Linear Performance Models for Flexible Pavements Using PMS Data.”  Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, accepted for publication 2014, in press.
  • Cavalline, T.L. (2014).  “Final Report of Laboratory Testing of Concrete Cores, I-485 Interchange Concrete Pavement, I-85 Widening Concrete Pavement and Shoulder.”  North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Technical Assistance Project TA-2013-15.  April 28, 2014.
  • Chen, D., Cavalline, T., Ogunro, V., and Thompson, D. (2014).  “Development and Validation of Pavement Deterioration Models and Analysis Weight Factors for the NCDOT Pavement Management System. Part I: Windshield Survey Data.” Final Report. Report No. FHWA/NC/2011-01.
  • Nicholas, T. and Cavalline, T. (2014).  “Development and Delivery of a Concrete Masonry Design and Construction Course.”  Final report submitted to the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), May 2014.
  • Cavalline, T. and Weggel, D. (2013).  “Recycled Brick Masonry Aggregate Concrete:  Use of Brick Masonry from Construction and Demolition Waste as Recycled Aggregate in Concrete.”  Structural Survey, 31(3), 160-180.
  • Schwerin, D.E., Cavalline, T.L., and Weggel, D.C. (2013).  “Use of Recycled Brick Masonry Aggregate and Recycled Brick Masonry Aggregate Concrete in Sustainable Construction.”  KICEM Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, 3(1), 28-34.
  • Delatte, N., Bagaka’s, J.G., Roberts, M.W., Atadero, R.A, Zoghi, M., Johnson, P.W., Cavalline, T. and Thompson, M.K. (2013).  “Results from Implementation and Assessment of Case Studies in the Engineering Curriculum.”  Proceedings of the 120th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition (Atlanta, GA), June 23-26, 2013.
  • Kim, H., Brizendine, T., Gehrig, B., Hildreth, J., Cho, C., Chen, D., Lu, N., Cavalline, T., Juneja, P., and Shen, Z. (2013). Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference in Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM) – 2013, Garden Grove, NC.
  • Cavalline, T., Kitts, A., and Calamusa, J. (2013).   “Durability of Lightweight Concrete Bridge Decks – Field Evaluation.”  Final Report, North Carolina Department of Transportation Research Project 2011-06, Report No. FHWA/NC/2011-06, February 2013.
  • Cavalline, Tara L.  Recycled Brick Masonry Aggregate Concrete:  Use of Recycled Aggregates from Demolished Brick Masonry Construction in Structural and Pavement Grade Portland Cement Concrete.  Ph.D. dissertation, 2012.
  • Tempest, B., Cavalline, T., Gergely, J., and Weggel, D., "Construction and Demolition Waste Used as Recycled Aggregates in Concrete: Solutions for Increasing the Marketability of Recycled Aggregates Concrete." Proceedings of the Concrete Sustainability Conference sponsored by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). Tempe, AZ, April 13-15, 2010.
  • Cavalline, Tara L. “Petrographic Examination and Laboratory Testing of Concrete Core Samples.”  2010 Pavement Management Program, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia.  Final report submitted to Materials Managers and Engineers, December 2010.
  • Cavalline, Tara L. “Petrographic Examination of Concrete Core Samples.”  2007 Pavement Management Program, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia.”  Final report submitted to United Consulting, September 2007.
  • Scheetz, Barry E., Roy, Della M., Tikalsky, Paul J., Cavalline, Tara L., “Delayed Ettringite Formation and the Influence of Cement Characteristics,”  World Congress of Cement Chemistry, Durban, South Africa.  Pp. 75-83.  May 2003.
  • Tikalsky, Paul J., Scheetz, Barry E., Roy, Della M., Rosenberger, James, Arjinan, P., and Cavalline, Tara.  “Relationship between Cement Characteristics, Heat of Hydration and Concrete Strength,” World Congress of Cement Chemistry, Durban, South Africa.  Pp. 1054-1062. May 2003.
  • Scheetz, Barry, Roy, Della M., Tikalsky, Paul J., Cavalline, Tara L., Arjunan, P., and Rosenberger, James.  “Influence of Portland Cement Characteristics on Alkali-Silica Reactivity.”  Presented at 82nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 2003. 
  • Roy, Della M., Tikalsky, Paul J., Scheetz, Barry E., Rosenberger, James, Cavalline, Tara L., and Arjunan, P. “Influence of Portland Cement Characteristics on Alkali Silica Reactivity,” 11th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement (ICCC) meeting, 2002.
  • Tikalsky, Paul J., Roy, Della M., Scheetz, Barry E., and Krize, Tara L., “Redefining Cement Characteristics for Sulfate Resistant Portland Cements,” Journal of Cement and Concrete Research, pp. 1239 -1246. Vol. 32, No. 8, 2002.
  • Roy, Della M., Tikalsky, Paul J., Scheetz, Barry, Rosenberger, James L., Krize, Tara L., Malek, Raafat Isaak.  “Influence of Cement Composition on AASHTO T 277 Rapid Chloride Ion Permeability:  Recommended Changes to the Method.”  Presented at 81st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 2002. 
  • Tikalsky, Paul J., Krize, Tara L., Roy, Della M., Scheetz, Barry, and Gottschall, Christopher.  “Influence of Cement Characteristics on Sulfate Attack.”  Presented at 80th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 2001. 
  • Tikalsky, Paul J., Roy, Della M., Krize, Tara L., Gottschall, Christopher, Arjunan, Periaswamy, and Rosenberger, James L.  “Influence of Portland Cement on Alkali Silica Reactivity.”  Presented at 80th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 2001. 
  • Krize, Tara L. Influence of Cement Characteristics on Concrete Durability.  Master’s Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999.
  • Krize, Tara L. Prediction of Municipal Roadway Conditions Using PAVER and Markov Models.  Undergraduate Honors Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998.
Honors & Awards: 
  • Williams States Lee College of Engineering Undergraduate Award in Teaching Excellence, 2014 Recipient
  • Bonnie Cone Fellowship ($15,000), awarded January 2009
  • ICRI Carolinas Chapter - 2010 Member of the Year
  • Honoree, UNC Charlotte International Women's Day Celebration, March 2010
  • Media Cybernetics 2006 Image Contest, Honorable Mention, "Analysis of Bond Failure of an Epoxy Coating Applied to a Concrete Floor Slab."