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Xianming Shi, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE,  Professor

Xianming Shi, PhD, PE

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

Dr. Shi has more than 20 years of experience in conducting engineering and science research, with a demonstrated publication record (Google H-index: 42, citations >7,000), 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. Two of his projects won the AASHTO 2016 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project award and the AASHTO 2020 High Value Research award, resp. 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 won the Most Cited Paper Award 2020 by the Resources, Conservation & Recycling journal and another one was the Best Paper 2011-2012 by the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering.

Dr. Shi is a Fellow of ASCE and 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.

Cheryl Reed, M.A.

 Education and Outreach Coordinator



M.A. English, University of Idaho, 2004

B.A. English, University of Idaho, 2002

Cheryl is the education and outreach coordinator for the National University Transportation Center (UTC), National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE). She has spent the majority of her career in higher education. She is an award-winning author of five non-fiction books, as well as numerous published short stories and journal articles. Cheryl is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society and has served on the WSU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, Administrative Professional Advisory Committee, IT Strategic Advisory Committee, and WSU CRM steering committee. She joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2020.

Yong Deng,Ph.D.

 Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2020

M.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017

B.E., Civil Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 2015

Before joining WSU, Dr. Deng studied at Texas A&M University for five years. His previous research includes laboratory characterizations of pavement materials such as asphalt mixtures and unbound aggregates, numerical simulations of pavement materials and structures, mechanistic-empirical (ME) models of pavement materials and structures, nondestructive testing (NDT) on pavements, etc. His current research focus and interests are finite element (FE) model updating of pavement materials and structures, data-driven models for pavement performance evaluation and prediction, applications of artificial intelligence algorithms, etc.

Liang Fan, Ph.D.

 Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2019
M.S., Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, 2014
B.S., Civil Engineering, , Southwest Jiaotong University, 2012

Dr. Fan is currently a post-doctoral research associate in Washington State University. His previous research includes applying distributed sensors, grating sensors, and interferometer sensors to monitor steel rebar corrosion and pipeline corrosion, investigating hyperspectral imaging for chemical analysis of concrete properties, studying corrosion mechanism of steel rebar in steel fiber reinforced concrete and ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), and developing chemically-bonded enamel coatings for steel pipeline to improve corrosion protection while reducing pressure loss. His current research focuses on self-healing, smart cementitious construction materials and impact of deicer salts on the durability of concrete.

Mehdi H. Nazari, Ph.D.

 Ph.D. Candidate; 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.