Dr. Yildirim is the director of the Texas Pavement Preservation Center. He received his Masters (1998), and Ph.D. (2000) in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his studies at UT, Dr. Yildirim was involved with the South Central Superpave Center at UT and then served as the project manager of the Superpave and Asphalt Technology program at UT. In addition to conducting research at the center, Dr. Yildirim has also taught courses on Superpave mix design and Superpave binder testing and characterization. Dr. Yildirim has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at UT including “Pavement Preservation”, “Modern Pavement Materials”, “Design of Bituminous Mixtures”, and “Special Research Studies” in the area of Pavement Materials. Dr. Yildirim has also served as the Director of the Engineering Education Research Center (EERC), where he has been conducting research regarding new developments in model-based learning activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.