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Xianming Shi, Ph.D., P.E.

 Associate Professor

Xianming Shi, PhD, PE

Ph.D., Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1999

Ph.D. Student, Environmental Engineering, Montana State University, 1999-2000

M.Sc., Industrial & Management Engineering, Montana State University, 2002

M.Sc., Applied Chemistry, Tianjin University, 1996

B.Sc., Corrosion & Protection, Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology, 1993

Dr. Xianming Shi is an Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Washington State University and the Founding Director of a new USDOT National University Transportation Center, National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE). He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for a new Springer Nature Journal, Journal of Infrastructure Preservation & Resilience.

Dr. Shi has more than 20 years of experience in conducting engineering and science research, with a demonstrated publication record (Google H-index: 38, citations >5,000), especially in the fields of sustainable materials and infrastructure preservation. He has served as the Site Director for two Tier 1 University Transportation Centers, CESTiCC and CAMMSE. One of his projects won the AASHTO 2016 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project award. Dr. Shi was presented the Outstanding Researcher Award and Leon Luck Outstanding Faculty Award by the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2018.
Two of his papers were the Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2012 & 2013). One of his papers was the Best Paper 2011-2012 by the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering.

Dr. Shi is a member of several expert committees under TRB, NACE, ASCE, and ACI.
He is trusted by numerous research sponsors and has provided extensive professional services (NSF invited panelist; Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Infrastructure Preservation & Resilience; Invited Panel Member/Expert by ACRP, NCHRP, TCRP, and FHWA; Chair and Session Organizer at International Conferences; Chair of TRB Subcommittee; etc.). He won the Outstanding Research Award from the MSU College of Engineering in 2005.

Aya Shatanawi

 Ph.D. Student

Aya Shatanawi


M.Sc., Transportation Engineering, The University of Jordan, 2019

B.Sc., Civil Engineering, The University of Jordan, 2017

Aya’s senior year project in her bachelor study was in the field of transportation engineering, which was entitled “Evaluating Alternative Traffic and Geometric Design for Akef Al Fayez Corridor”. Her master thesis is in the field of aviation, entitled “Evaluation of Public Private Partnerships: The Case Study of Queen Alia International Airport”. She worked as a Transport Planner/Traffic Engineer at SETS Intl. company (Amman, Aug 2018- Aug 2019). Ms. Shatanawi is currently a Ph.D. student at WSU and her research focuses on Connected Vehicle Technologies for Improved Resilience of Surface Transportation in Winter Weather.

Mehdi H. Nazari, Ph.D.

 Ph.D. Candiate; Graduate Research Assistant



Ph.D., Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (concentration: Corrosion), University of Tehran, 2010

M.Sc., Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, 2003

B.Sc., Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, 2000

Dr. Nazari has extensive research experience in corrosion science, protective coatings, advanced materials, and environmental impacts of deicers. He has hands-on experience in the field of sweet and sour corrosion as well as fabrication and characterization of nano-particle ceramics. Prior to joining WSU, he worked as a Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at the Western Transportation Institute where he applied his corrosion electrochemistry expertise and surface analytical skills to a host of industry-funded projects. At the WSU CSEE laboratory, his research focuses on:  electrochemical testing and evaluation of "green" corrosion inhibitors and coatings; use of bio-derived additives in deicers and in hydraulic concrete; in situ monitoring and non-destructive testing of localized corrosion of metals. He is pursuing his 2nd PhD in Environmental Engineering, with a focus on the modeling of fate and transport of roadway deicers/anti-icers into adjacent soils as well as modeling and mitigating their corrosive impacts on buried pipes.