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

CWRU Student Earns Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Xijin Zhang, a Case Western Reserve University Ph.D. candidate advised by Dr. Xiong (Bill) Yu, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship from the Northeast Ohio WTS Chapter.

The WTS Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship was established in 1981 by WTS International in memory of Helene for her dedicated service and a spirit to engage female transportation engineers. The scholarship is awarded to women pursuing career paths in transportation or a related field.

Xijin’s study is on the development of innovative bio-mediated civil engineering materials. More specifically on incorporating advanced microbial-based materials to improve sustainability and environmentally benign transportation infrastructure.

CWRU Student Receives Outstanding Graduate Student Org Member

CEE Ph.D. student Xudong Fan of Case Western Reserve University was recently awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Organization Member. He is advised by Dr. Xiong (Bill) Yu, TriDurLE site director for CWRU.  Xudong is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the immediate past President of the Civil Engineering Graduate Student Association.  In this capacity, he worked with the CEGSA leadership team to organize a variety of activities to build the bond between its membership and with the Department, which served as the basis for the Department nomination. The award was presented by the School of Graduate Studies as part of the Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards.

Jialuo He, Ph.D., receives the Outstanding Dissertation Award

The WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently selected Jialuo He as the recipient of John Roberson Outstanding Dissertation Award. The title of his PhD dissertation is, “Development, Characterization and Modeling of Self-Healing Cementitious Materials.” Self-healing technology holds great promise in benefiting the durability and resilience of concrete infrastructure. While various external self-healing systems can improve the post-cracking recovery of mechanical properties of cementitious materials, few studies have explored their implications on concrete durability. Dr. He’s research responds to this critical gap by developing and investigating two external self-healing systems.

Dr. He’s dissertation demonstrates the great potential of self-healing technology in enabling concrete infrastructure with extended service life, which serves the interest of this nation. For instance, his study revealed that the self-healing system consisting of urea-formaldehyde microcapsules (containing calcium nitrite as the healant) and PVA microfibers could effectively reduce about 20-25% of the total shrinkage, 15-20% of the chloride migration coefficient, and 40-65% of the gas permeability of cementitious composite. Such a self-healing concrete could survive over 700 rapid freeze-thaw cycles, whereas the regular concrete counterpart could barely survive 60 cycles.

Jialuo He began his PhD program at Washington State University in August 2015. He has published nine academic papers in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his PhD research, Jialuo completed a two-year project that evaluated the performance of discrete sacrificial anodes in protecting steel rebar in salt-contaminated concrete, for which he was awarded the Simpson Strong-Tie Corrosion Research Scholarship. He also received the Richard Perteet Graduate Fellowship in Civil Engineering in 2017 and 2018. Congratulations Dr. He!

S&T Faculty Appointed to Standing Committee on Pavement Preservation of Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Dr. Jenny Liu recently has been appointed a member of  the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Pavement Preservation — AKT20 from 2021-2024. TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.  Dr. Liu has been actively involved in TRB activities. Currently she is also a member of TRB AKM80 Committee on Mineral Aggregates. She has served on other TRB committees including AFK30, AFK50, and AFH50 for years in the past.  https://www.nationalacademies.org/trb/transportation-research-board

MS&T Faculty Appointed as Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering

Jenny Liu.

Dr. Jenny Liu from the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T was invited to serve as associate editor of ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, which is a world’s leading peer-reviewed scientific journal in the general area of cold regions engineering published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Established in 1987, the topics of this journal include ice engineering, ice force, construction on permafrost and seasonal frost, cold weather construction, environmental quality and engineering in cold regions, snow and ice control, cold regions materials, and surveying and planning in cold regions. Dr. Liu has been serving as an Associate Editor for another two ASCE journals (Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and Journal of Transportation Engineering Part B: Pavements) for more than10 years.  https://ascelibrary.org/journal/jcrgei

2020-2021 CEC Dean’s PhD Scholar Award Goes to Jun Liu

Dr. Jenny Liu’s Ph.D. student, Jun Liu, from the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T has been awarded the 2020-2021 CEC Dean’s PhD Scholar Award in recognition of his scholarly productivity. The college of Engineering and Computing at Missouri S&T implemented the Dean’s Ph.D. Scholar award in the 2020-2021 academic year to honor its most productive Ph.D. students. There are eight awardees from six engineering departments within the college.

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 Best Dissertation Award from both the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and the Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture at Washington State University. Congratulations Mehdi!