Dr. Taylor leads internationally recognized research at the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center. His high-impact work has resulted in the development of specifications such as the AASHTO Provisional Guide Specification for concrete mixtures for pavements and additional specifications for concrete processing additions. Additionally, his research has helped transportation agencies save millions of dollars by preventing premature failures in sawn joints and improving concrete mixtures for high-performance concretes.
Taylor regularly presents at workshops, seminars, and conferences as an invited speaker, where the information he presents about the current research in concrete technology has a strong impact on the concrete pavement community in the United States and internationally.
- PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town, 1995
- BS, Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town, 1982
- Director, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2015–present
- Research Associate Professor, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Ames, IA, 2014–present
- Associate Director, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Iowa State University, 2007–2015
- Adjunct Faculty, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, 2007–2014
- Engineer & Group Manager, Construction Technology Laboratories (CTLGroup), 1997–2007
- Engineer, Cement and Concrete Institute, South Africa, 1992–1997
- Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1990–1991
- Research Officer, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1987–1989
- Engineer, Stewart Scott, NCL – Consulting Engineers, 1983–1987
- Performance Engineered Mixtures, Federal Highways Administration Cooperative Agreement
- Concrete Pavement Mixture Design and Analysis, TPF Pooled Fund and Federal Highways Administration Cooperative Agreement.
- Optimizing Concrete Mixtures for Performance and Sustainability, Federal Highways Administration Cooperative Agreement.
- Investigation of Deterioration of Joints in Concrete Pavements, TPF Pooled Fund and Federal Highways Administration Cooperative Agreement.
- Tests or Standards to Identify Compatible Combinations of Individually Acceptable Concrete Materials, Federal Highway Administration, (CPTP Task 4), Cooperative Agreement No. DTFH61-03-X-00102.
- Improved Specifications and Protocols for Acceptance Tests on Processing Additions in Cement Manufacturing, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Project No. 18-11.
- Development of innovative test methods for concrete mixture quality assurance and specifications.
- Taylor, P. C., K. Wang, J. Kevern. Entrained Air Void System for Durable Highway Concrete, NCHRP, $600,000, ongoing.
- Taylor, P. C., T. Hosteng, and B. Phares. Evaluation of Internal Curing in a Bridge Deck in Buchanan County, IA, Iowa Highway Research Board, ongoing.
- Taylor, P. C. Long-Life Concrete: How Long Will My Concrete Last? A Synthesis of Knowledge of Potential Durability of Concrete. Supplement to TPF-5(159), Ames, IA, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, 2013.
- Alternative Calibration Method for AASHTO T 153. National Academies, $75,000, 2010.
- Concrete Pavement Mixture Design and Analysis. TPF Pooled Fund and Federal Highways Administration Cooperative Agreement. Approximately $800,000. 2009-2013.
- Investigation of Deterioration of Joints in Concrete Pavements. TPF Pooled Fund and Federal Highways Administration Cooperative Agreement. Approximately $800,000. Michigan Technological University and Purdue University. 2009-2015.
- Identifying Incompatible Combinations of Concrete Materials. Federal Highway Administration, FHWA-HRT-06-080, $500,000, 2002-2006.
- Zhang, J., C. Taylor, and C. Shi. 2015. Investigation of Approaches for Improving Interfacial Transition Zone-Related Freezing-and-Thawing Resistance in Concrete Pavements. ACI Materials Journal. Vol. 112, No. 5, pp. 613–618.
- Wang, X., P. Taylor, K. Wang, and M. Lim. 2015. Monitoring of Setting Time of Self-Consolidating Concrete Using Ultrasonic Wave Propagation Method and Other Tools. Magazine of Concrete Research. Vol. 68, No. 3, pp. 151–162.
- Yurdakul, E., and P. C. Taylor. 2014. Performance Engineered Mixtures for Concrete Pavements in the US. 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Prague, Sept. 23–26.
- Taylor, P. C. 2013. Curing Concrete. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. ISBN: 978-0-415-77952-4.
- Yurdakul, E., P. C. Taylor, H. Ceylan, and F. Bektas. 2014. Effect of Water-To-Binder Ratio, Air Content, and Type Of Cementitious Materials On Fresh And Hardened Properties Of Binary And Ternary Blended Concrete. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. Vol. 25, No. 12, pp. 1840-1851.
- Wang, X., K. Wang, F. Bektas, and P. Taylor. 2012. Drying Shrinkage of Ternary Blend Concrete in Transportation Structures. Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials. Volume 1, Issue 1-2, pages 56–66.
- Registered Professional Engineer, Illinois
- American Society for Testing & Materials, Committee C-09
- Transportation Research Board Committee AFH50
Panels and Boards
- FHWA Pavement Implementation Executive Task Group, 2015 to present
- FHWA Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group, 2015 to present
- International Society of Concrete Pavements, Board Member, 2014 to present
- American Concrete Institute, IA Chapter, President, 2016
- American Concrete Institute, Committee 235B, Concrete Overlays, Chair, 2014 to present
- Executive Committee, TERRA, At-Large member, Academic Sector, 2013 to 2015
- Transportation Engineering and Road Research Alliance, TERRA Board, 2010 to 2015
- MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, Advisory Panel, 2009 to present