Clemson fans celebrated in March when the men’s basketball team made the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 21 years.

A group of Tigers has made the Sweet Sixteen again, except this time it was in the lab instead of on the basketball court.

Brad Putman, left, and Jennifer Ogle were co-principal investigators on research that won the AASHTO Sweet Sixteen Award from the American Association of State Highway and. Transportation Officials.

Brad Putman, left, and Jennifer Ogle were co-principal investigators on research that won the AASHTO Sweet Sixteen Award from the American Association of State Highway and. Transportation Officials.

A team from Clemson University’s Glenn Department of Civil Engineering and the state Department of Transportation are bringing home an AASHTO Sweet Sixteen Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

The award honors the nation’s top high-value research projects and will be published in “Research Impacts: Better – Faster – Cheaper,” a reference for transportation officials nationwide.

Brad Putman and Jennifer Ogle, both associate professors at Clemson, were co-principal investigators on the project. The state Department of Transportation was the sponsor.

Terry Swygert of the state Department of Transportation presented the project at the association’s annual meeting. The project will also be highlighted in January at the Transportation Research Board’s poster session.

The project title is, “Ranking of Pavement Preservation Practices and Methods.”

This is the third time that a collaboration between Clemson researchers and the state Department of Transportation has won a Sweet Sixteen Award, according to records on the association’s website.

Ronald Andrus, interim chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, congratulated the team on the latest award.

“This is a great honor for the department, the university, the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the state as a whole,” Andrus said. “The team’s work will be seen by top transportation officials around the country, thereby enhancing our reputation for high-quality research and collaboration.”

Authors were Putman, Ogle, Yongxi Huang and Logan Reed. Huang was an assistant professor of civil engineering at Clemson at the time of the research. Reed worked on the project as a graduate research assistant under Ogle and received his master’s degree in civil engineering in 2015.

In addition to his service as associate professor, Putman is associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

More information about the program can be found here, and you can read about the research here.