Rafiqul A. Tarefder


Phone: 505.277.6083
Fax: 505.277.1988

Physical Address

Room 3054
Centennial Engineering Center
Building # 112 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC01 1070
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Professor and Regents Lecturer

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Registered Professional Engineer

State of Idaho, New Mexico

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PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Oklahoma

Master of Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

BS, Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology


Dr. Rafi Tarefder is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and a Regent’s Lecturer at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Tarefder has conducted research on a range of pavement engineering problems with emphasis on pavement design, materials, and sustainability. This work has resulted in over 200 refereed publications. Currently, He serves as an Associate Director of two federally funded transportation centers: Southern Plain Transportation Center (SPTC), and Safety and Operations of Large-Area Rural/Urban Intermodal Systems (SOLARIS). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and Lead Editor of IACMAG Newsletter. He is the co-chair of the annual Paving and Transportation Conference in New Mexico, and a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of New Mexico and Idaho. He has received several awards for his scholarship including the prestigious NSF CAREER award, Regent’s Award, John Booker Excellent Medal.

Teaching Interests

  • Advanced pavement design and mechanics of materials
  • Modeling in Geomechanics; advanced geomaterials characterization
  • Management, maintenance, and renewal of sustainable infrastructures

Research Interests

  • Multi-scale modeling and testing of pavement, polymeric, and nanomaterials
  • Advanced modeling including FEM, molecular dynamics, and neural networks
  • Sustainability, damage, cracking, recycling, non destructive testing, nanotechnology

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