Hello, welcome to my page! I am Priyanka, a Civil Engineer (transportation geotechnics) by training. Right now I am working in the Airport Operations Engineering (AOE) group at the Boeing Company.
At Boeing, I work with the aviation community and the regulators (FAA, ICAO, etc) worldwide to provide technical support on anything related to airport pavement infrastructure and promote the continued development of the world’s airports so that they can support Boeing airplanes. In addition, I also work with the civil aviation authorities in South Asia regarding all airport compatibility efforts to ensure a smooth entry into service of Boeing’s 777X airplanes.
Prior to starting to work full-time, I did my PhD in Civil Engineering with a focus in Transportation Geotechnics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (the top program in the US). And before my PhD I completed my MS at the University of Akron in 2012, and BSc at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2009, both in Civil Engineering.
At Illinois, my PhD research primarily focused on investigating the rutting behavior of granular materials under heavy aircraft loading and wander. In short, the overall objective of my PhD research was to create a better understanding of the damage mechanisms in airport pavements. My PhD research was sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and to that end, I worked closely with FAA’s National Airport Pavement Testing Facility (NAPTF) in Atlantic City, NJ. I also received a research grant based on my PhD study from the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) in 2016. The expected outcome of my PhD will ultimately result in helping the designers plan an effective maintenance and rehabilitation strategy, subsequently leading to an economic and sustainable airport pavement management system.