Acknowledgements 
I would like to thank those who made it possible for me to attend MIT, for their great support and 
inspiration: 
Mr. Ivan Karlin of Holderbank Engineering, Canada 
Prof. Dr. Ing. Stefan Holzer of the University of Stuttgart, Germany 
MIT is an amazing place to be, and I am very grateful for the fantastic year I have spent here. 
My special thanks go to: 
Dr. George Kocur of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
The case study presented in Chapter 4 was conducted in close collaboration with the 
Department of Public Works of the Town of Arlington. Special thanks to: 
Mr. Ron Santosuosso of the Engineering Division 
Special thanks to my family and my girlfriend Grace for their ongoing support and love! 
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