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Washington State University National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE)
Xianming Shi
Xianming Shi


Dear sponsors, students, colleagues, and friends,

Welcome to the website of TriDurLE. I am glad that you’re here to find out more about what we do, and more importantly, how we can work together to maintain longer-lasting transportation infrastructure and to preserve a durable and resilient transportation system. TriDurLE was established in 2019 as one of the seven National UTCs funded by the University Transportation Center Program of U.S. Department of Transportation, and the only National Center focusing on “Improving the Durability and Extending the Life of Transportation Infrastructure.”

At TriDurLE, we believe that durability is a cornerstone of sustainability. The partnerships underlying this National UTC is based on the shared vision of “cost-effective innovations and holistic solutions to enhance multimodal infrastructure durability.” The Consortium universities represent diverse geographic and climatic regions, and are thus well positioned to explore cost-effective and whole-life-cycle solutions to infrastructure durability and life-extension.

TriDurLE will significantly impact multiple modes of surface transportation system and the quality of life of its users. Transportation infrastructure has a direct impact on the long-term economic growth in terms of GDP, employment, household income, and our global competitiveness. Yet much of our transportation infrastructure was built over fifty years ago and is in deteriorating conditions or simply overwhelmed by demand. Both the White House’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America and the USDOT Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 identify and call for investment in rebuilding the Nation’s infrastructure to ensure safety, mobility and accessibility and to stimulate economic growth, productivity and competitiveness for American workers and businesses. The TriDurLE team has the expertise, skills, and collaborative background to take these challenges head on and provide effective solutions.

On behalf of all Center staff from our eleven Consortium universities, I welcome you to visit us or contact us for ways to collaborate in research, education, workforce development, or technology transfer opportunities. If you have an infrastructure durability challenge that we might be able to address or an idea for potential partnership, please call me at 509-335-7088 or email me.


  • CEE Awards

    Zhipeng Li has received the 2021 Outstanding Research Assistant Award within Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Washington State University. Congratulations Zhipeng

    Ph.D. Candidate Mehdi Honarvarnazari has received the 2021 … » More …

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  • UTC Student of the Year

    WSU doctoral student Yan Zhang has been named the University Transportation Center (UTC) Student of the Year. Congratulations Yan!

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Previous announcements

NEW! Waheed Uddin Diversity Graduate Research Fellowship

NEW! Waheed Uddin Diversity Travel Grants for Students

NEW! Waheed Uddin Diversity Travel Grants for Faculty, and Staff

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  • Most Cited Paper Award

    A paper by Xianming Shi and Gang Xu titled “Characteristics and applications of fly ash as a sustainable construction material: state-of-the-art review” (published in 2018) was awarded the 2020 Most … » More …

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  • Dr. Issam Harik wins prestigious ACI Design Award

    Professor Issam Harik, a member of the TriDurLe Advisory Committee, won the prestigious ACI Design Award bestowed by the American Concrete Institute: “Improving The Durability Of Impact Damaged Pc Bridge … » More …

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  • ACI National Convention Presentation

    Dr. Chris Pantelides recently made a presentation at the ACI National Convention on Oct. 25 2020, whose theme was Emerging Connections for Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). The presentation was web-based.

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Contact us:

Xianming Shi, Director
National UTC Center TriDurLE
Washington State University
Sloan Hall
Pullman, WA 99164-2910

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TriDurLE Consortium

Alabama A&M University
Case Western Research University
Florida Atlantic University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
South Dakota State University
Tennessee State University
Texas A&M University
University of Colorado Denver
University of Mississippi
University of Utah
Washington State University