InTrans / Jun 07, 2022

CP Tech Center’s Peter Taylor earns award from Expanded Shale, Clay, and Slate Institute

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Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor, the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) director, recently earned the Frank G. Erskine Award from the Expanded Shale, Clay, and Slate Institute (ESCSI).

The recognition is given to recipients to recognize their tireless efforts to enhance the lives of citizens through the use of expanded shale, clay, and slates, per the ESCSI. Nominees are individuals or organizations that recognize the unique properties of expanded shale, clay, and slates and have demonstrated their use through design, promotion, or implementation.

“I am honored to have been selected to receive this award and to join the ranks of the prominent people that have been honored in this way in the past. I am also indebted to my colleagues and students who have helped conduct the work,” said Taylor.

Work at the CP Tech Center has shown that internal curing using these materials can have a significant benefit in reducing the risk of cracking in bridge decks and pavements. More information about the research that the CP Tech Center has done in the area of internal curing can be found at

Taylor, who is also a research professor with the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University, attended the organization’s Mid-Year Meeting last month, where he accepted the award.

The ESCSI, founded in 1952 as an international trade association for manufacturers of the materials, promotes the extensive use of expanded shale, clay, and slates and works closely with other technical organizations to maintain product quality, life-safety, and professional integrity throughout the construction industry.