Robin E. Graves, Ph.D., is corporate manager of technical services at Vulcan Materials Co. in Birmingham, Ala. Graves provides technical services and market development support to operating divisions in the company, which produces construction aggregates, portland cement concrete, hot mix asphalt and portland cement.
A member of ASTM International since 1992, Graves is vice chairman of ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and chairman of Subcommittee C09.95 on Coordination. He has chaired several subcommittees within C09 and C07 on Lime, where he currently serves as a member at large on the executive subcommittee. He is also a member of Committees C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry, D04 on Road and Paving Materials and D18 on Soil and Rock. For his contributions, he has received C07 and C09 Awards of Appreciation. Graves also served a term on the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO), where he was chairman of the subcommittee on regulations.
Graves earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in geology and civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1987 and 1991, respectively, after completing his bachelor’s in geology and computer science at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a licensed professional geologist. In 1991, Graves became research and development project manager at Chemical Lime Co., followed by quality control manager and business development manager positions with the company. In 1998, Graves took on the role of vice president of research and engineering for the National Aggregates Association. He was a senior materials scientist with Vulcan for 13 years before assuming his current position in 2011.
Graves holds two patents, has published numerous technical articles and reports, and serves as a reviewer for professional technical journals. In addition to ASTM International, he is a member of the American Concrete Institute and the Transportation Research Board, and has served on several industry association committees. He is also a past chairman of the technical advisory committee and the advisory board of directors for the International Center for Aggregates Research.