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Cosentino, Paul

The Edward H Kalajian ProfessorProfessor, Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Dr. Cosentino has 40 years of research, teaching and consulting experience. This background has allowed him to teach 16 courses, from the freshman to graduate levels. It also enabled him to serve as Principal Investigator on  $5 million in funded research for 26 state and nationally funded projects, while working with 14 faculty in civil, mechanical, systems, computer and electrical engineering plus environmental science. He has authored over 50 journal papers and reports.

His research expertise within the geotechnical/highway engineering field is vast.  It includes reuse of waste materials, instrumentation and deep foundation works. He, along with a team of colleagues, has developed reuse applications for a wide range of waste materials; including waste glass, waste tires, waste-to-energy ash, reclaimed asphalt and reclaimed concrete pavements. The instrumentation work has dramatically improved the use of the pressuremeter throughout the country. He also developed fiber optic sensors for measuring pressures in soils, chloride content and traffic classification systems. Recently, he has also been heavily involved with research in the deep foundation area, heading studies on pile rebound that helped FDOT avoid the problem and clearly identify the Florida soils that produce the phenomenon.

Dr. Cosentino has also been heavily involved the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter, having served as the faculty advisor for over 30 years.  During this time Florida Tech won the National Concrete Canoe Competition (the only private university to ever accomplish this feat) hosted the event twice, qualified for Nationals eight times and established an endowment for the student chapter in honor of our late Alumni Eric Primavera.

Personal Overview

Paul J. Cosentino Ph.D., P.E.

Florida Institute of Technology

Civil Engineering and Construction

Melbourne, FL 32901-6975

321-674-7555

cosentin@fit.edu

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=XdIvJ18AAAAJ&hl=en

Professional Affiliations:

  • ASCE
  • Chi-Epsilon
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Florida Professional Engineer License No. 46474
  • Appointed University Representative for National Academies of Sciences, Transportation Research Board, 1995 to present
  • Current friend and former member TRB Soils and Rock Instrumentation Committee A2KO1
  • Member of ASCE Airfields Pavement Committee

 

Summary of Work History

  • 1978 to 1983 civil engineering consulting: GAI Consultants, A M Richardson & Assoc., NUS Corp,; Western Pennsylvania
  • 1987 – 1990 Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX
  • 1990 – 1994 Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Florida Institute of Technology
  • 1994 – 2001 Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Florida Institute of Technology
  • 2001 – Present Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Florida Institute of Technology

Research and Scholarly Activities

  • Principal investigator on over 25  state and nationally funded research projects
  • $5 million in research funding. 
  • Over 50 refereed papers and national reports 

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, August 1987
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, December 1982
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, April 1978

Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer #46474 Florida

Awards

  • 2019 Edward H. Kalajian Endowed Professorship
  • 1999 Faculty Excellence Award Service
  • 1999 Outstanding Service for Division of Engineering Science
  • 1995 Outstanding Research Contribution Award College of Engineering

Current Courses

  1. CVE 1000 Introduction to Civil Engineering
  2. CVE 4000 Engineering Economics
  3. CVE 4060 Transportation Engineering
  4. CVE 4020 and 5025 Foundation Design
  5. CVE 5061 Pavement Design

Professional Experience

Dr. Cosentino has a unique combination of industrial and academic experience, which lends real-world knowledge to his classroom teaching. He has worked on numerous geotechnical and geo-environmental consulting projects; reviewed papers and proposals for national research organizations and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida. He is a member of ASCEs Airfield Pavements Committee, the Transportation Research Board's Soil and Rock Instrumentation Committee and TRBs University Representative. He has served as a lecturer for short courses on landfill design, and pavement design with shallow and deep foundations.

Additional Duties

  • ASCE Concrete Canoe Advisor and Co-faculty Advisor
  • Florida Tech Baseball Club Faculty Advisor
  • University Promotions Committee
  • College of Engineering Promotions Committee
  • Graduate Council

 

Current Research

 “Development and Testing of the Miniaturized Pavement Pressuremeter for Use in Unbound Pavement Layers”, $FDOT  contract BDV 28 977-04  October 2015 through October 2018. Dr. David Horhota is  FDOT's project manager 

 “Design Phase Evaluations of High Pile Rebound Soils with an Emphasis on Standard Penetration Testing”, $FDOT contract BDV 28 977-05 April 2017 through October 2019.  Dr. David Horhota is  FDOT's project manager 

“Quantifying Pile Rebound with Deflection Measuring Systems Best Suited for Florida Soils”, FDOT contract BDV 28 977-07 June 2017 through May 2020. Juan Castellannos P.E. is  FDOT's  project manager  

Selected Publications

 

  1. Shaban, A. M. and Cosentino, P. J., (2017) “Development of the Miniaturized Pressuremeter Test to Evaluate Unbound Pavement Layers” Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM Vol 45 Issue 2.
  2. Shaban, A. M. and Cosentino, P. J., (2017) “Characterizing Structural Performance of Unbound Pavement Materials Using Miniaturized Pressuremeter and California Bearing Ratio TestsJournal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM Vol 45, Issue 3 JTE20150371.
  3. Shaban, A. M. and Cosentino, P. J., (2016) “Comparative Analyses of Granular Pavement Moduli Measured from Light Weight Deflectometer and Miniaturized Pressuremeter Tests” accepted for publication in Transportation Research Board Journal.
  4. Shaban, A. M. and Cosentino, P. J., (2016) “Modeling Long-Term Deformation Behavior of Unbound Pavement Layers Using the Single Stage Pressuremeter Creep Test” Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM Vol. 39, No. 5, pp. 813-826.
  5. Jarushi F., Cosentino, P. J, Kalajian, E., and Dekhn H., (2015) CPT Pore Water Pressure Correlations with PDA to Identify Pile Drivability Problem”, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Environmental, Ecological, Geological and Geophysical Engineering Vol:9 No:2.
  6. Jarushi F., S. AlKaabim, and Cosentino, P. J, (2015) “A New Correlation between SPT and CPT for Various Soils”, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Environmental, Ecological, Geological and Geophysical Engineering Vol:9 No:2. (3 Citations)
  7. Jarushi F., Cosentino, P. J, and Kalajian E. H., (2013) “Piezocone Penetration Testing in Florida High Pile Rebound Soils” Deep Foundation Institute Journal Vol 7 Issue 2 pp. 28-45.
  8. Jarushi F., Cosentino, P. J, and Kalajian E. H., (2013) “Using Fines Content and Uncorrected SPT Blow Counts of Soils to Predict High Pile Rebound” Journal of the Transportation Research Board 13-2880. (3 Citations)
  9. Jarushi F., Cosentino, P. J, and Kalajian E. H., (2013) “Prediction of High Pile Rebound with Fines Content and Uncorrected Blow Counts from Standard Penetration Tests” Journal of the Transportation Research Board 13-2880. (3 Citations)
  10. Jarushi F., Cosentino, P. J, and Kalajian E. H., (2013) “Prediction of High Pile Rebound with Fines Content and Uncorrected Standard Penetration Blow Counts” Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2363 Soil Mechanics, pp., 47-55.
  11. Cosentino, P. J, Bleakley, A. M., Sajjadi, A., and., Petersen A. J., (2013) “Evaluating the Laboratory Compaction Techniques of Reclaimed Asphalt PavementTransportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2335 Geomaterials, pp., 89-98.
  12. Bleakley A. M., and Cosentino, P. J, (2013) “Improving the Properties of RAP for Roadway Base Applications through Blending and Chemical StabilizationTransportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2335 Geomaterials, pp., 20-28.

 

Articles Submitted to Refereed Journals or Books

  •  Cosentino P.J., and Misilo III Thaddeus J. (Submitted October 2019). “A Statistical Evaluation of the Strength and Stiffness Properties from Instrumented Small Diameter Pressuremeter Testing in Unbound Pavement Layers, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements Manuscript Number PVENG-590.
  • Dekhn H., Kalajian E.H., Cosentino P.J. Jarushi F., (Submitted August 2019) “Prediction of Pile Rebound Using CPT based Soil Behavior Type (SBT) Charts, Transportation Research Record, Washington D.C.
  • Cosentino P.J., and Horhota, David J., (Submitted June 2019). “Behavior of Soils Producing High Rebound During Driving of Displacement Piles,” Journal of Deep Foundations Institute Manuscript Number DFI-206.