I would like to thank those who made it possible for me to attend MIT, for their great support and 
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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