Travis Hosteng

TITLE

Co-Director, NCWTS

PHONE

515-294-7197

EMAIL

kickhos@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Bridge Research Specialist, Bridge Engineering Center

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, BEC, MTC, NCWTS

About Travis

Mr. Hosteng is the Director of the National Center for Wood Transportation Structures (NCWTS), which is housed at Iowa State University through a partnership between the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Federal Highway Administration, and the National Park Service. In addition, Mr. Hosteng is also a veteran research engineer with the Bridge Engineering Center. Mr. Hosteng has directed and contributed to numerous bridge-related research projects funded by local, state, federal, and industrial clients. His specialty areas include timber bridge design/testing, high performance material behavior, structural health monitoring, bridge rating through physical testing, bridge behavior and testing, and accelerated bridge construction and testing. Overall, he has nearly 14 years of experience with nearly 13 years of experience designing, inspecting, instrumenting, and full-scale load testing bridges and other transportation structures. 

Education


  • MS, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2004 
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2002 

Professional Experience


  • Director, Natl. Ctr. for Wood Transp. Structures, InTrans, 2013–present 
  • Assistant Director, Natl. Ctr. for Wood Transp. Structures, InTrans, 2012–2013 
  • Engineer IV, Bridge Engineering Center (BEC), InTrans, 2010–present 
  • Engineer III, Bridge Engineering Center (BEC), InTrans, 2006–2010 
  • Research Scientist II, Bridge Engineering Center (BEC), InTrans, 4/04–2006 
  • Research Scientist II, Natl. Ctr. for Wood Transp. Structures, InTrans, 12/09–2012 
  • Intern, City of Ames, 5/01–9/01 
  • Intern, Story County Engineers, 5/00–1/01 
  • Intern, Kuehl & Payer, Ltd., 5/98–9/98 

Selected Research


  • Covered Bridge Rating Through Load Testing–Phase II, FHWA, 2013–2017  
  • Field Performance of Timber Highway Bridges: A National Study, FHWA, 2011–2013 
  • Development of a Smart Timber Bridge–Phase IV, FHWA, 2011––2014
  • Development of a Smart Timber Bridge–Phase V, FHWA, 2012–2015
  • Laboratory Investigation of Grouted Coupler Connection Details for ABC Bridge Progjects, IHRB, Iowa DOT, 2012–2014
  • Laboratory Investigation of Concrete Beam End Treatment Details, IHRB, Iowa DOT, 2012–2014
  • Evaluation and Testing of a Light-Weight Fine Aggregate Concrete Bridge Deck. IHRB, Iowa DOT, 2012–2016
  • Pilot Project–Demonstration of Capabilities and Benefits of Bridge Load Rating Through Physical Testing, IHRB, Soy Transportation Coalition, 2012–2013
  • Strength, Durability, and Application of Grouted Couplers for Integral Abutments, ABC-UTC, 2014–2016
  • Laboratory Investigation of Bridge Strip Seal Joint Termination Details, Iowa DOT, 2014–2015
  • Investigation of Techniques for Accelerating the Construction of Bridge Deck Overlays, Iowa DOT, 2014–2015
  • Improved Analytical Techniques for Historic Covered Bridges, FHWA, 2009–2012
  • Covered Bridge Rating Through Load Testing, FHWA, 2009–2012
  • Development of a Security Manual for Historic Covered Bridges, FHWA, 2009–2012
  • Wind Loads on Digital Message Sign Panels and Behavior of Supporting Trusses, IHRB, 2009–2011
  • Preservation of Four Covered Bridges by Prevention of Vandalism and Arson, FHWA, 2008–2011
  • Field Monitoring of Curved Girder Bridges with Integral Abutments, Iowa DOT, 2008–2013 

Selected Publications


  • Hosteng, T. K., B. M. Phares, T. J. Wipf, J. Dahlberg, and D. L. WoodEvaluation of Fleet Management Techniques for Timber Highway Bridges, published by the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (In Press).  
  • Hosteng, T. K. and Wacker, J. 2010. Field Testing and Evaluations of a Demonstration Timber Bridge. Proceedings of the 2010 ASCE Structures Congress, Orlando, FL, May 2010.  
  • Lee, Y. S., T. Hosteng, U. Deza, J. Nelson, T. J Wipf, B. Phares, and D. Wood. 2009. Structural Field Testing and Evaluation of Two Demonstration FRP Deck Bridges: Case Studies on FRP Panel Deck Bridge and Temporary Bypass Bridge. Transportation Research Board 88th Annual Meeting, Compendium of Papers, DVD, Washington, DC, 2009, pp. 19. 
  • Bigelow, J., T. Hosteng, T. J. Wipf, and B. Phares. 2009. Laboratory and Field Evaluation of the 24th Street Bridge. Proceedings of the 2009 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium, Ames, IA, August 20–21.  
  • Hosteng, T. K., B. M. Phares, T. J. Wipf, M. Ritter, and D. L. Wood. 2007Laboratory Evaluation of Design Details for Minimizing Differential Panel Deflections on Glued-Laminated Timber Girder Bridges, published by the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory.
  • Hosteng, T., B. M. Phares, T. J. Wipf, D. L. Wood, and M. Nahra. 2007. Evaluation of a Timber Bridge for the Secondary Road System Using FRP Reinforced Glued Laminated Girders. Proceedings of the 2007 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium, Ames, IA, August 16-17.
  • Hosteng, T. K., T. J. Wipf, M. Ritter, B. M. Phares and D. L. Wood. 2006. Laboratory Evaluation of Design Details for Minimizing Differential Panel Deflection on Glued-Laminated Timber Bridges. Transportation Research Board 85th Annual Meeting, Compendium of Papers, DVD, Washington, DC, 2006, pp. 21.
  • Hosteng, T. K., B. M. Phares, T. J. Wipf, M. Ritter, and D. L. Wood. 2005. Live Load Deflection of Glued-Laminated Timber Girder Bridges. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1928, p. 174–182.
  • Wipf, T. J., B. M. Phares, and T. K. Hosteng. 2005. Field Testing of an FRP Temporary Bypass Bridge, paper published on the Symposium CD for the Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium, Ames, IA, August 18–19.
  • Hosteng, T .K., B. M. Phares, T. J. Wipf, M. Ritter, and D. L. Wood. 2004. Live Load deflection of Timber Bridges: 1. Badger Creek. Longitudinal Glued-Laminated Girder Bridge, published by the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory. 

Completed Research


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