National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF) Endowment
In the mid-1980s, NAPA’s members initiated their quest for better pavement technology with a fund-raising campaign that resulted in the creation of an endowment whose principal objective was to support the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University, Alabama. The NAPA Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF) raised over $10 million for the endowment.
What the endowment has accomplished:
Thanks to NAPA’s advocacy efforts, Congress has also directed $12 million for HMA research on highway and airfield pavements to NCAT and Auburn University. Altogether, industry’s efforts have provided more than $26 million directly to NCAT and Auburn University.
Some NCAT accomplishments:
Why do we need research?
Innovation is not about the latest technology for its own sake. Rather, it is about versatility, safety, durability, and performance – all the things that have made asphalt the pavement material of choice.
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|Energy Savings||Noise Reduction|
|Cleaner Water||Traffic Relief|
|Public Safety||Recycled Asphalt|
What is Asphalt?
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