With the provision of funding from the Secretary of State under the Centers
of Excellence program, together with contributions from private donors,
notably Dr. Duncan C. Campbell, P.Eng. University of New Brunswick (UNB)
established a Chair to serve the needs of the highway and pavement construction
industry in 1987. Dr. T.B.L. Robinson, P.Eng, was the first Chair; he
served from mid 1987 to early 1991. The Chair was vacant for three years
from 1991 to 1994. In July, 1994, Dr.
Robert A. Douglas, P.Eng. moved on secondment from a position in UNB's
Department of Forest Engineering to the Chair. Dr. Douglas left the Chair
in July 1997. The Chair was again vacant for a few months until early
March 1998 when the current Chair, Dr. Donath Mrawira,
P.Eng., joined UNB
Mandate of the
The primary mission of the Chair is to develop and sustain a long-term
active link between the highway construction and pavement research industry
and the academia, and to the develop a sustainable capability for addressing
the various problems facing industry. The spin-off of such initiative
is twofold: first it will create a specialty research niche that will
serve special needs of the industry, and secondly, the feedback loop will
enrich the engineering teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate
Currently, the D.C. Campbell Chair has research interest on the general
area of pavements, roads, highways and airports. Example areas of interest
include but not limited to: Road roughness and pavement evaluation technologies,
Pavement performance modeling, Life cycle costing and appraisal systems,
Road accidents modeling and safety management systems, Roadside Weather
Information Systems and optimal winter maintenance intervention, Impact
of End-Results Specification on quality and long-term performance of pavements,
Computer aided pavement design, Infrastructure management Systems, etc.
The Chair is fairly open to be involved in other areas of pavement, highway
and transportation engineering in general as well.
The Chair is also
actively involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, development,
and liaison with industry and government.