Dr. Adrijana Savic the woman who changed American Arema Standards for Railway Engineering

Dr. Adrijana Savic was born in Leskovac, Serbia. She finished her high school in Leskovac and graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree (diplomirani Gradjevinski Inzenjer) in October 2005. She was working at the Directorate of Urban Planning and Construction as a Head of the Supervising Department of Construction sector from 2009-2012. In the meantime, she obtained a Master of Science Degree at the University of Skopje, Department of Civil Engineering.

In August 2009 she enrolled in Ph.D. studies at Kansas State University where she was working on Developing a qualification test procedure to ensure adequate splitting resistance in pre-tensioned concrete railroad ties. The test purpose was to identify tie designs that may be susceptible to end-splitting cracks. Since the splitting resistance of a given tie design is a complex function of the prestressing reinforcement geometry, initial force per tendon, the edge distance, concrete mixture, and the maturity of the concrete at de-tensioning, the system Qualification test will serve to identify tie designs that have an increased risk of developing end-splitting cracks.This test was formally adopted as section 4.2.4 in Chapter 30 of the 2021 AREMA Manual for Railway Engineering. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy-Civil Engineering degree in August 2019.

Currently, she lives in Germany-Frankfurt am the Main working as a Bridge Designer.Simultaneously she presents her research in Serbia and Bulgaria explaining the innovation in prestressed concrete tie designs. In the future, she will continue working as a researcher.Currently, her colleague from Visokagrađevinsko – geodetskaškola Beograd and she write the proposal for applying for a grant from the Russian Science Foundation. The focus of the proposal will be on the concrete made with recycled glass… She told us that they still didn’t finalize the topic of the research.

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