The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships support outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing. Philip’s research aims to develop a high performance fiber reinforced asphalt concrete (HPFRAC) for pavement application. The innovative use of randomly oriented discrete steel fibers is expected to improve mechanical performance and electrical conductivity of asphalt concrete. Improved mechanical performance can extend the service life of pavements while electrical conductivity has potential for various multifunctional applications such as self-healing, self monitoring, and snow and ice removal on the pavement surface. Professors Sherif El-Tawil and Professor Antoine E. Naaman are the academic advisors of Philip.