Warda Ashraf, UT Arlington (IMAGE) University of Texas at Arlington Caption An assistant professor of civil engineering will access the ancient worlds of Rome, Greece and other European sites that have buildings, structures and roads that have endured for centuries. Her goal: to determine why these ancient materials have lasted so long and if they can be recreated synthetically in a laboratory. Credit UT Arlington Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.