Hong Hao received BEng from Tianjin University, MSc and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He is John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Director of Research Centre for Infrastructure Monitoring and Protection in Curtin University. He has won two dozen research, research publication and research supervision awards, and has been invited to give more than 50 keynote presentations in international conferences in many countries. His research results are included in textbooks, adopted in design codes, and used in construction projects around the world. He is the chief editor of International Journal of Protective Structures, chief editor of International Journal of Lifecycle Performance Engineering and serves in the editorial boards of another 10 journals. He is the Deputy President of the International Association of Protective Structures, Australian Rep in the International Association of Earthquake Engineering, Advisory Board member of Australian Network on Structural Health Monitoring. He chaired or co-chaired 14 international conferences, and served in more than 100 international conference committees. He has published more than 400 journal articles and is one of the most highly cited researchers in civil engineering in the world. He is fellow of Australian Academy of Technical Science and Engineering, fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia, fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, and fellow of International Society of Engineering Asset Management.
Dr. Louay Mohammad is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and holder of the Irma Louise Rush Stewart Distinguished Professorship and the Transportation Faculty Group Coordinator at Louisiana State University (LSU). He also serves as the director of the Engineering Materials Characterization and Research Facility (EMCRF) at Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC).
Dr. Mohammad is a national and international leader in fundamental characterization and modeling of highway construction materials, particularly flexible pavement interlayers including development of test methods and specifications. Dr. Mohammad has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on more than 62 research projects totaling over $22.7M sponsored by NCHRP, FHWA, LADOTD, WisDOT, FLDOT, CODOT, NSF, and industry. He has authored/coauthored more than 314 publications in pavement engineering including over 189-refereed papers, and delivered over 187 keynote and invited presentations at national and international conferences.
Dr. Mohammad was the chair for NCHRP Panel Project 9-36 on Improved Procedure for Laboratory Aging of Asphalt Binders in Pavements and member of NCHRP Panel Project 1-42 on Top-Down Fatigue Cracking of Hot-Mix Asphalt Layers and 1-42A on Models for Predicting Top-Down Cracking of Hot-Mix Asphalt Layers. He is an active member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Mohammad is a member of FHWA Expert Task Group (ETG) on Asphalt Mixtures and Construction. He is past Chair of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees AFK40: Surface Requirements of Asphalt Mixtures, past Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Bituminous Materials Committee, Chair of ASTM subcommittee D 4.25 on Bituminous Mixture Analysis, and member of National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine TRB committees AFK30: Non-Binder Components of Asphalt Mixtures, AFK 40: Surface Requirements of Asphalt Mixtures, and AFK50 on Structural Requirements of Asphalt Mixtures. Dr. Mohammad currently serves as the Flexible Pavement Section Editor of ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Research and International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology.
Dr. Bjorn Birgisson currently seves as a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished Research Professor and Professor in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Formerly, he served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Infrastructure Renewal. He has published over 190 technical papers in journals and proceedings and been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of over 50 million dollars in research funding during his academic career. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he served as a Pro Vice-Chancellor for Aston University and the Executive Dean for the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor of Transport Science at Aston University from January 2014 to August, 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Bjorn Birgisson was the vice president responsible for research and Professor of Highway and Railway Engineering at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Birgisson has served on over 20 boards of centers, institutes and companies during the last 10 years.
Birgisson was a member of the faculty at the University of Florida, where he earned his tenure in 2004, co-established the Center for Pavements and Infrastructure Materials (CPIM) and the Florida Center for Pavement Excellence (FCPE), both in 2001. Between 2006 and 2010, Birgisson led the development of the U.S. National Roadmap for Nanotechnology for Concrete-Based Materials. Dr. Birgisson led the creation of the TRB Task Force (AFN15T) for Nanotechnology-Based Concrete, the RILEM Technical Committee on Nanotechnology for Bituminous Materials, and most recently co-established the new Academy for Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE), which includes over 40 universities from all over the world, for which he serves on the executive board.
Professor Jay Sanjayan is the Director of Swinburne’s Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure and Professor of Concrete Structures (https://www.swinburne.edu.au/research/our-research/access-our-research/find-a-researcher-or-supervisor/ researcher-profile/?id=jsanjayan).
Professor Jay Sanjayan’s current funded research projects include 3D printing of concrete, low carbon concretes, geopolymer concretes, use of phase change materials in construction and monitoring the performance of geopolymer concrete in the field. He has published extensively in these topics (with an H-index 39 in Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=hIY4l3gAAAAJ&hl=en ) and is involved in a number of consulting projects related to concrete materials technology and structural design.
Jay is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Honorary Member of Concrete Institute of Australia and was the 2015 Honorary President of RILEM.
Dr. Linbing Wang is a professor and Director of the Center for Smart and Green Civil Systems at Virginia Tech, and an adjunct professor at the National Center for Materials Service Safety (NCMS) of China. He is the founding chair of the Mechanics of Pavement Committee, and the current Chair of the Nanomechanics and Micromechanics committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE. Dr. Wang has led more than 60 research projects funded by NSF, DoD, DoA, NCHRP, FHWA, DoTs, MOST and CNSF. Specific focus of his research includes material genome, multiscale characterization, modeling and simulation; smart and sustainable technologies; energy harvesting; self-powered sensor wireless development; IoT based technologies for civil infrastructure health monitoring; innovative infrastructure assessment and performance predictions; high performance and multifunctional materials; pavement testing and mechanistic pavement design; infrastructure preservation and management; and infrastructure safety assessment.
Dr. Tahar El-Korchi is a Professor and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department. He was also the Interim Head of the Fire Protection Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the past three years. Dr. El-Korchi is an expert in the areas of Materials, structures, pavement engineering, and resiliency in the built environment. He is author of over 100 publications, 1 textbook on Pavement Engineering and 5 book chapters. He has lead a large number of funded research and educational grants supported by the federal government and industry. Dr. El-Korchi is the founder and co-director of the WPI-Morocco Project Center. The purpose of the WPI global projects is to encourage WPI students to learn the value of collaborative inquiry at the interface of sciences and community. A successful outcome of this experience is achieved when graduates actively develop experiential, sensitive, and cooperative relationships with their hosts to solve global problems. Dr. El-Korchi is also the founder and co-director of the WPI-Panama project center that supports students to complete IQP-junior level projects at the intersection of science, technology and societal need and MQP-senior capstone design projects in their area of study. The centers host approximately 30 students and faculty for a seven week period working with sponsors such as the Panama Canal Authority, Copa Airlines. The Panama project center is funded in part through the US-National Science Foundation and local support from Panamanian industry and organizations. Dr. El-Korchi served as the inaugural Co-director of the newly launched WPI-Tsinghua Center for Global Public Safety to promote research, academic exchange, industry engagement and sharing public safety knowledge with underserved global communities in the areas of community resilience, hazard mitigation, fire safety, and safety at the nexus of water-air-food. Dr. El-Korchi was the team project leader for the Solar Decathlon Competition held in Datong China-2013 that involved a three university team including WPI-Ghent University-NYPolytech. The solar house competition is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate net-zero solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Dr. El-Korchi has an appointment as a visiting faculty scholar at Hebei University of Science and Technology in Tianjin, China. Dr. El-Korchi was the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator Award from NSF.
Dr. Dongping FANG is a Professor at Tsinghua University, China. He is the Chair of School of Civil Engineering, the Executive Director of Institute of Future Cities and Infrastructures. Prof Fang is a former Vice President of CIB（International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction）and the current leader of CIB priority theme - Resilient Urbanization. He has been sitting on boards and committees of many international and national organizations of government, industry and academics. He has been honored as Visiting Professors in Australia, Sweden and the UK, and invited as keynote speakers for many international conferences such as CIB World Building Congress and Urban Transitions Global Summit.
Dr. Han received his BS and MS degrees in geotechnical engineering from Tongji University in China in 1986 and 1989, respectively and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995 and 1997, respectively.
Dr. Han’s research and practical experiences have dealt with geosynthetics, ground improvement, pile foundations, buried structures, and roadways.
Dr. Han has published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and is the sole author of the book entitled “Principles and Practice of Ground Improvement” published by Wiley. He served as the technical co-chair and proceedings chief editor for the ASCE Geo-Institute Annual Conference – GeoFrontiers 2011 held in the USA and the technical co-chair for the first GeoShanghai International Conference in 2006. He is the chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute Soil Improvement Committee and the past president of the International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals. Dr. Han has received numerous awards from the profession including but not limited to two US Transportation Research Board Best Paper Awards in 2008 and 2017, the 2011 Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice of Geotechnical Engineering, the 2014 International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Award, the 2014 Associate Editor of the Year Award from the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, and the 2017 ASCE Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award.
Lily Poulikakos is a senior scientist at Empa, the Swiss federal laboratories for materials science and technology. Her research interests are on using multi scale characterization methods to study innovative bituminous materials chemically, microstructurally and mechanically. Currently, she is leading the research focus area of multi scaling and microstructure at the Road Engineering and Sealing components lab at Empa. In this role she has made a significant impact in the activities of Empa in the area of characterization of bituminous materials, using various microstructural investigative tools such as environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and multi scale computer tomography and has published extensively in the field. Furthermore, She has cooperated extensively with the industry fulfilling the Empa mandate to bridge the gap between science and industry in Switzerland. The current projects on 100% recycled mixtures and crumb rubber modified mixtures are prime examples where the partners from asphalt mixing plants, a plant producer, Empa and ETHZ are cooperating under her leadership to use and re-use the reclaimed asphalt pavement and crumb rubber from waste tires. She is a leading member of Rilem as secretary of the technical committee on chemo mechanical characterization of bituminous materials and chair of the TC on waste and marginal materials for roads.
Prof. Dr. Shui-Long Shen received his Bachelor of Enginneirng in Tunneling and Underground Space Technology from Tongji University in 1986 and his MSc in Structural Engineering from the same university in 1989. He obtained his PhD. in Geotechnical Engineering from Saga University, Japan, in 1998.
After Dr. Shen received his PhD, he worked in the Institute of Lowland Technology (ILT) as a lecturer from 1998 to 2001. During this period Dr. Shen served as an Associate Editor of Lowland Technology International-an International Journal. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Shen worked in National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba-the Science City of Japan. In 2003, he joined the Department of Civil Engineering (DCE) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) as a faculty member. He is now the Department Head of DEC. From 2005 to 2018, Dr. Shen has been keeping collaboration with other international organization, e.g. Saga University, Virginia Tech, The University of Kansas, The University of Hong Kong, Suranaree University of Technology Thailand, Ecole Centrale de Nantes France, Swinburne University of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Australia as a guest/visiting/adjunct professors.
Dr. Shen’s research interests focus on groundwater control induced by underground construction, soft soil improvement, tunneling. He published/edited six books, of which three conference proceedings published by ASCE. Dr. Shen published more than 300 technical papers in Journals and International conferences, in which over 150 papers were published in International Journals with total citation over 3000 times. Eight ESI highly cited papers form Journal citation report. Dr. Shen’s H-Index in SCOPUS is 34, in Web of Science is 30. Dr. Shen also serves as an Editor/Editorial board member of following International Journals, e.g., Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Computers and Geotechnics, Elsevier; Marine Georesources and Geotechnology, Taylor and Francis; Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering; Lowland Technology International, and Geotechnical Engineering – SEAGS etc. and domestic journals, e.g. Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dawei Wang, is the professor in the School of Transportation Science and Engineering Harbin Institute of Technology, the Recruitment Program of Global Experts (known as “the Thousand Talents Plan”) initiated by Chinses government in 2016 and the Young Scientist (Class A) issued by the Harbin Institute of Technology in2017. At the same time, he is also served as the lecturer and the visiting professor of the Institute of Highway Engineering in RWTH-Aachen University and the leader of the group of “Pavement Analysis and Modelling”. Before returning to serve in China in 2017, he was the professor and director of Institute of Highway Engineering(W2), the director of the Road Materials Testing Center in University Siegen. Prof. Wang is also selected as the BOTAP (Beijing Overseas Talent Aggregation Project) specialists, Beijing University of Technology distinguished experts, visiting professor of Chongqing Transportation University. In 2003 he graduated from Department of Civil Engineering in Tsinghua University. In 2007 and 2011 he received his Diploma's and Doctor’s degree in RWTH Aachen University, respectively, and in 2017, he was granted Habilitation based on the research and effort he contributed to highway engineering in Germany. His main areas of experiences can be summarized as the research on road materials, micromechanics, pavement management system, road safety, construction management, pavement functional testing and evaluation. Over the last years, he has published nearly 150 journal articles, more than 60 of which are SCI indexed. He has also published 4 monographs published by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and he was involved in the preparation of 5 course books for civil engineering. So far he has directed or participated in more than 20 government-aided scientific research projects, among them, 1 key project and 2 general projects are funded from the German Research Foundation (DFG),2 projects are from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, 13 projects are from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, 2projects are from the German Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as many industry projects.
Dr. Hao Wang is currently Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His researches focus on multi-scale and multi-physics mechanism of infrastructure materials and sustainable and smart highway and airport pavements. His researches have been sponsored by a number of federal and state agencies in U.S. He has authored more than 100 peer reviewed journal and conference papers. He is associate editor of Journal Transprtation Engineering Part B: Pavements and editorial board member of Journal of Testing and Evaluation and Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environement. He is the vice chair of pavement mecahnics committee in Engineering Mechanics Institue of ASCE and board member of International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals. His recent research work as PI has received AASHTO High Value Research Award in 2014. Dr. Wang receveid PhD degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011), M.S degree from Virginia Tech (2006) and Southeast Univeristy (2004), and B.S. Degree from Southeast University (2001).
Dr. Wang started his professional career at the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in 1989 as a traffic studies analyst and later on as a data analysis supervisor for pavement management. In 1993 Dr. Wang started his faculty career as an assistant professor at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He became a tenured associate professor in 1998, and full-professor in 2002. In 2011 Dr. Wang became a chair professor of civil engineering at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Wang has been tackling the problem of automating survey of pavement distresses for nearly 20 years with funding from FHWA, State Highway Agencies of Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma and others, US FAA, and many other agencies. Technologies developed by Dr. Wang on automated pavement distress surveys are being used in several countries, including the US, China, South Africa, and Brazil. The 2011 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award by ASCE was given to Dr. Wang for his "innovative research on automated pavement survey and data analysis technologies".
Since the mid-1990’s he led or helped lead over 10 international conferences both in the US and abroad. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Rail Transportation by Taylor and Francis. Dr. Wang became ASCE T&DI president in 2016. ASCE T&DI is a 17,000-member agency. He is the lead faculty in transportation at OSU and an associate director for a regional University Transportation Center.