What is MAPIL?

Advanced Solutions that Stick

At MAPIL we seek out advanced solutions that stick by thinking outside the box, focusing on resilient problem solving, and creating solutions to improve our world.

Established as the permanent home for multilevel trans-disciplinary smart surface research, the Mizzou Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab is a research and collaboration center located on the David R. Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in the College of Engineering.

Our Team

The Minds Behind MAPIL

Our lab members, academics, graduate and undergraduate students work with professionals across multiple industries to design products and publish on asphalt materials, flexible and composite pavements, and innovative, intelligent, and sustainable transportation infrastructure.



Full-Time Staff


Collaborators & Visiting Scholars


Convergence Research

Merging Diverse Approaches to Foster New Paradigms

The Legacy of Glen and Polly Barton
Philanthropy and Stewardship
Investing in Missouri’s Future

The Missouri Asphalt and Paving Association (MAPA) recognized the need for a centrally-located world-class asphalt program. Supporting MAPIL not only connects students to jobs and employers to prospects, it also ensures Missouri’s asphalt and paving industry will remain positioned at the forefront of emerging green and recycled materials technology.

Through the generosity of MAPA’s members, the Barton family, and the University of Missouri/State of Missouri, MAPIL is equipped with the facilities, technology and facility it needs to place among most comprehensive asphalt programs in the world.

We’re just getting started

Ramping Up for Sustained Success

As a young organization, MAPIL has already achieved several notable accomplishments:

  • Formal Grand Opening Event and Asphalt Symposium on Monday, March 27, 2017
  • Began Multi-year Project with Illinois Toll Way
  • Published First MoDOT Report
  • Started Two New Projects with MoDOT


Get more information on what MAPIL has been up to:

View our Latest Projects

Learn more about MAPIL’s roots.

Visit the MAPIL Facility

Come see for yourself what sets MAPIL apart from other infrastructure material labs: schedule a guided MAPIL tour.

Email Jim Meister to set up a tour of our facility