Justin Tagle

Mentor: Dr. Reynaldo Roque
College of Engineering
"I got involved with research because I felt that it was the best and most useful way to apply the concepts I was learning in the classroom. It allows me to think academically yet outside the box, forcing me to develop new ways of analysis in the lab and the real world. Experimental research, specifically, is very fulfilling because you get to see your project unfolding in front of you, and requires that you think on your feet, which I particularly enjoy."


Civil Engineering


Urban Planning

Research Interests

  • Materials
  • Hydraulics
  • Structures

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program, 2015
  • Bright Futures, 2013


  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Chi Epsilon
  • UF Concrete Canoe


  • Habitat for Humanity

Hobbies and Interests

  • Canoeing
  • Sketch Comedy
  • Theatre
  • Music Performance

Research Description

Enhanced Understanding of Fatigue in Asphalt Mixtures
My research project involves investigating whether asphalt mixture failure limits are the same regardless of the path to failure. Testing will be performed using a variety of loading modes, including repeated load constant tensile stress, repeated load tension-compression, repeated load constant tensile strain, constant rate of deformation to failure, and constant stress until tensile failure occurs. In addition to conventional stress and strain response measurements, speckle-pattern digital image correlation will be used to monitor changes in strain distribution and development of damage, as well as to identify failure (initiation of fracture). This experimental based project will potentially help us to more accurately assess fatigue behavior of asphalt mixture.