Rebecca S. McDaniel, P.E., Ph.D., is technical director at the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. NCSC focuses on research, communication, technology transfer, and training, and works in partnership with several state departments of transportation and two Canadian provinces. The center is part of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and supported by area state departments of transportation, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, and industry.
Currently, McDaniel chairs the ASTM International committee on road and paving materials (D04), and she has been an ASTM International member since 2001. The D04 committee addresses pavement materials and aggregates as well as related products and systems for all types of highways and transportation construction. The committee has more than 700 members who are responsible for over 200 standards.
Before becoming the NCSC technical director, McDaniel had been a research engineer and manager with the Indiana Department of Transportation, where she specialized in pavements and materials.
Outside ASTM International, McDaniel is a member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists and the Transportation Research Board. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University, and a B.A. in English from Indiana University.