RMRC Leadership

Angela Pakes Ahlman's professional portrain

Angela Pakes Ahlman, Technical Director

Email: angela.pakes@wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 890-4966
Title: Professor of Practice
Department: Geological Engineering
Office: 2204 Engineering Hall

Angela Pakes is the Assistant Director for the UW College of Engineering, Grainger Institute for Engineering. Angela earned her BS in Geological Engineering with a BS in Geology/Geophysics at UW-Madison in 1996, and her MSE in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1997. She joined the Grainger Institute for Engineering at UW-Madison in August 2016. Prior to that, Angela led two research centers in the College of Engineering, held a leadership position as the external relations manager for the UW Office of Sustainability, and led the green building design and development of several major building projects for UW-Madison including Union South, the Wisconsin Energy Institute, Human Ecology and the School of Education Building. Prior to joining the UW, Angela was Senior Engineer for Ford Motor Company Land Development Corporation. At Ford, Angela managed construction and engineering aspects of various Ford Motor Company facility projects worldwide utilizing Lean engineering, Six-sigma and LEED design principles and practices. She also led a revitalized branding and marketing design development for retail facilities worldwide. Prior to working at Ford, Angela was the Midwest Regional Director for ENTRIX where she built a consulting operation from the ground up while becoming a well-established expert in environmental due diligence and large facility and infrastructure decommissioning. Since joining UW-Madison, Angela became an Adjunct Professor of Geological Engineering where she has developed and led classes as well as supervised student researchers.




Tuncer Edil, Research Director Tuncer Edil's Professional Portrait

Email: tbedil@wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 262-3225
Title: Professor Emeritus
Department: Geological Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Office: 2226 Engineering Hall



Tuncer B. Edil, Ph.D., P.E., D. GE, Distinguished Member, ASCE

Tuncer Edil received his BS and MS degrees from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, all in civil engineering.  He is a member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals and a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.  Prof. Tuncer B. Edil has been an active researcher and educator for nearly 40 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prof. Edil is currently serving as Director of the new Recycled Materials Resource Center (RMRC-3G). He has undertaken several projects relating to highway construction and has been actively involved in the use of a large variety of recycled materials, including scrap tires, foundry sands, coal combustion products, recycled pavement materials, recycled concrete aggregate, and recycled asphalt shingles.  Recently, he is involved in the development of a quantitative rating system for sustainable highway construction named BE2ST in Highways. He has published nearly 400 papers in the fields of geotechnical, geoenvironmental, geosynthetics, and pavement engineering.  He was appointed as founding Chair of newly formed ASTM Subcommittee D18.14 on Geotechnics of Sustainable Construction.  He is a member and Research Coordinator of TRB ADC60 Committee on Waste Management and Resource Efficiency.  Dr. Edil is a former Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE’s Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and current Editor-in-Chief of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering journal.  He organized the ASTM symposium and edited Testing and Specification of Recycled Materials for Sustainable Geotechnical Construction, ASTM STP 1540 in 2012.  He served as President of the U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Education & Research and President of the ASCE Wisconsin Section.


He is a recipient of numerous personal and team/project awards from ASCE, ASTM, and other organizations.  In 1972 he received the Student Award of the Year from the ASTM, in l977 the Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award, in l988 Merit Award for Individual Achievement as an Engineering Educator, and in 2010 Distinguished Service Award from the ASCE‑Wisconsin Section, in l989 The ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering Award for the Best Paper Published, in 1999 Outstanding Civil Engineer Award in ASCE Wisconsin SW Branch, in 1980 Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award from the American Society of Engineering Education, in 1972 Outstanding Instructor Award from the UW Polygon Engineering Council, and in 1992, 1996 and 2013 Standard Development Awards, in 1997, 2001 and 2013 Special Service Awards, and in 2013 Technical Editors Award from the ASTM, in 2003 Industrial Fabrics Association International, International Achievement Award in geosynthetics projects category, in 2004 Blue Pencil Award in technical report category for the USGS professional paper on Coastal Cliffs from the National Association of Government Communicators, and in 2007 Distinguished Service Award and in 2008 Distinguished Researcher Award from the U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Education & Research.  He is a holder of 2007 Special Science Award from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and 2010 The Award of Excellence as the Outstanding Geotechnical Engineering Educator in the Great Lakes Region.  He received 2013 Terzaghi Award and the rank of Distinguished Member from ASCE.  Additionally, he has received six team and project awards and several paper awards.

Student Research Assistants


Graduate Students

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Morgan Sanger

Title: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department: Geological Engineering
Desk: M1056C Engineering Centers Building

Morgan Sanger is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be graduating in December 2017 with a dual B.S. in Geological Engineering and Geology & Geophysics and two certificates in Engineering for Energy Sustainability and Environmental Studies. Currently, she is working on determining the benefits of using cold-in-place recycling in highway resurfacing using life-cycle assessment (LCA). Her results will assist the state DOTs and to make environmentally- and economically- mindful decisions for highway construction. Additionally, Morgan and Renee Olley received the 2017-2018 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship to conduct an outreach project through the RMRC in partnership with the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association and the Madison Metropolitan School District. For this project, Morgan and Renee will teach interactive STEM lessons over the course of a semester to middle school girls. The goal of this project is to inspire young girls to consider STEM careers, with specific emphasis on civil engineering and the benefits of using recycled materials in concrete.

 Undergraduate Students


Renee Olley

Title: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department: Geological Engineering
Desk: M1056C Engineering Centers Building

Renee Olley is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering. Primarily, she uses LCA tools to quantify environmental savings for highway maintenance projects, comparing traditional and newly developed methods. State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) can use this information to make environmentally conscious decisions in future projects. Future projects she will be involved in are the LCA and LCCA analysis of polyurethane injection, a ground stabilization method, and a semester-long community outreach project working with middle school girls to engage, excite and educate young women about potential STEM career fields, particularly civil engineering. These will both commence in the Fall of 2017.


RMRC ProfileTyler Klink

Title: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department: Geological Engineering
Desk: M1056C Engineering Centers Building

Tyler Klink is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a sophomore pursuing a dual B.S. degree in Geological Engineering and in Geology, expecting to graduate May 2019. Currently, Tyler implements life cycle assessment techniques to evaluate the environmental and economic benefits of utilizing ground granulated blast furnace slag as a cementitious replacement for highway construction. Work for this project will begin during the Summer of 2018.




Sydney Klinzing

Email: sklinzing@wisc.edu 
Title: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department: Geological Engineering
Desk: M1056C Engineering Centers Building

Sydney Klinzing is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a dual B.S. degree in Geological Engineering and Geoscience. Her current project starts in fall of 2018 and focuses on using life cycle assessment software to quantify environmental savings for highway maintenance projects by comparing traditional and newly innovated sustainable methods. She is currently working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to implement a new roadway with recycled materials. This project will help promote more sustainable roadway.