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Xianming Shi, PI








Dr. Shi is currently the Chair and a Professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman. He also serves as the Founding Director of the National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability and Life-Extension (TriDurLE) and the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Infrastructure Preservation & Resilience. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), he has more than 20 years of experience in conducting engineering and science research, with a demonstrated publication record, especially in the fields of sustainable materials, infrastructure preservation and  transportation resilience in cold climates. He is a member of several expert committees under the Transportation Research Board (TRB), of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Dr. Shi is trusted by numerous research sponsors and has provided extensive professional services. Two of his projects won the AASHTO Sweet Sixteen Award and Supplementary Award, over the last five years, respectively. He won the Outstanding Research Award from the MSU College of Engineering in 2005. 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 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Cold Regions Engineering.

Research Staff

Yong Deng

Research Assistant Professor
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. Yong 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.
Jialuo He

Assistant Director
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Washington State University, 2019
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2015
B.S., Polymer Materials and Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, 2013
Following his Ph.D. graduation at WSU, Jialuo worked as a postdoctoral researcher on “Understanding the Protecting Mechanisms and Long-term Performance of Soybean based Sealant in Concrete Exposed to CaCl2” at Drexel University, and then worked as a Lab Manager at Capitol Development Design, Inc. in Beltsville, MD. In November 2021 he was hired as the Assistant Director of UTC National Center of TriDurLE. His research interests include concrete durability and maintenance, self-healing cementitious materials, cement chemistry and supplementary cementitious materials, and application of nanomaterials in civil engineering.
Mueed Jamal

Research Associate
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2021, Washington State University

M.S., Advanced Metallurgy, 2012, The University of Sheffield, UK.
B.S., Metallurgy and Materials Science, 2009, University of the Punjab, Pakistan.
Mr. Jamal has two years of experience in a well-established ordnance manufacturing setup as an Assistant Manager, R&D (Technical). He also has one year of experience as a Research Assistant at CEE, WSU, under the supervision of Prof. Xianming Shi, on projects of evaluating several lab-based and commercial deicers by ice melting capacity (IMC) test, freezing point tests (ASTM D1177), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) test, field operating tests (FOTs), and beaker test (in a Sub-zero lab) . He is continuing to support TriDurLE on projects related to new anti-corrosion coating development, corrosion mitigation for deicing vehicles, effects of deicers’ migration through soils, Nano anti-icing coating for pavements and development of green fish waste-based deicers.


Postdoctoral Researcher

Jie Zhao

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2022, Washington State University
M.S., Structural Engineering, 2016, Chang’an University, China
B.S., Civil Engineering, 2013, Chang’an University, China
Jie Zhao obtained her master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Chang’an University, China, and studied on structural anti-collapse design under seismic events. Then, Jie completed her Ph.D. study at WSU by extending her direction to the field of risk management and resilience assessment. Her research interests primarily focus on risk and resilience assessment of communities, supply chains, and infrastructure systems, as well as quantitative decision-making methodology to develop effective resilience-enhancing strategies. Her current research is on the life-cycle resilience assessment of RC bridges under the combined effect of chloride-induced corrosion and seismic event.
Ayumi Manawadu

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Washington State University, 2022
M.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University, 2019
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2015
Ayumi Manawadu is a postdoctoral researcher and a scholarly assistant professor in civil engineering at Washington State University (WSU). Her research interests lie in the general fields of integrated intelligent structural systems; mechanics and durability of novel bi-layer material interfaces; and multiscale characterization of high-performance, sustainable materials. For her master’s study, she has developed a contact mechanics-based testing technique to detect low-velocity collisions on concrete using smart piezoelectric sensors. Her Ph.D. work has focused on the mechanics and durability of concrete-shotcrete interface bonds, for which she has developed a novel fracture mechanics-based test to analyze the quality of cementitious bi-material interfaces. Her current research focuses on freeze-thaw durability and multiscale characterization of more sustainable concrete material.


PhD Candidate/Student

Zhipeng Li

Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering, 2019 – Present, Washington State University

M.S., Civil Engineering, 2017, Wuhan Polytechnic University, China.
B.S., Civil Engineering, 2014, Wuhan University of Sci and Tech, China.
Zhipeng Li obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering in China, with a focus on sustainable cementitious materials. His research interests include but are not limited to the recycling of hazardous solid waste, the development of nano-modified cementitious materials, and interdisciplinary application in civil engineering. After joining WSU, Zhipeng Li mainly focused on the development, characterization, application, and life cycle assessment of nano-engineered fly ash-based geopolymer composites and nano-modified high-performance concrete sealers.
Mehdi Honarvar Nazari

Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering, 2017 – Present, Washington State University
Ph.D., Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, 2010, University of Tehran, Iran
Dr. Mehdi Honarvar Nazari worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Laboratory Manager at the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) ‒ Montana State University (MSU) and Washington State University (WSU). He is currently pursuing his second Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Environmental Engineering at WSU, and his research ranges from bio-based deicers, anti-corrosion coatings, to modeling the environmental fate and transport of roadway deicers and their implications on buried pipes.
Seth Tawiah

Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering, 2020-Present, Washington State University
M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, 2019, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Seth Tawiah is originally from Ghana in West Africa and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering with a focus on Geotechnical Engineering. He joined WSU in 2019. Prior to that Seth studied and obtained his master’s degree in the same field from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His current research is focused on experimental and modeling studies that seek to improve self-healing in cement-stabilized unsaturated soils. In 2022, Seth volunteered as judge for Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at Washington State University.
Chuang Chen

Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering, 2021-Present, Washington State University
M.S., Business Analytics, 2020, University of Texas at Dallas
M.S., Material Science and Engineering, 2009, Dalian University of Technology, China.
B.S., Material Science and Engineering, 2006, Dalian University of Technology, China.
Prior to joining WSU, Chuang has worked as a R&D engineer with more than 8 years of hands-on experience in developing road materials and industrial scale-up application. His research interests lie in the fields of data-driven modeling of transportation resilience, with particular emphasis on development of climate-change informed preservation strategies for life-cycle sustainability of flexible pavement. The projects that he has conducted focused on modeling the macroscopic effects of winter road maintenance operations on traffic mobility and incorporating connected vehicles technologies into emergency evacuation during winter weather in the Pacific Northwest.
Zhiliang Zhou

Graduate Teaching Assistant. 
Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering, 08/2021~present, Washington State University 
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, 09/2017~06/2020, University of Jinan, China. 
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, 09/2013~06/2017, University of Jinan, China.
Mr. Zhou focused on the manufacture of smart concrete composites during his master’s program. His topic was incorporating carbon materials into concrete with the purpose of enhancing the electrical properties of the concrete. After joining WSU, his main focus is using sacrificial anodes to provide protection for the cathodic steel rebars in concrete, which are often threatened by chloride ingress. Currently he is trying to solve the potential problems of using sacrificial anodes and increase the stability and durability of the sacrificial anodes.
Ali Mahmoodigahrouei

Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering, 2022-Present, Washington State University
M.S., Polymer Engineering, 2021, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran.
The research of Ali Mahmoodi explores bio-inspired materials, dyes, pigments, paints, and organic coatings. His PhD dissertation studies biological approaches to the valorization of waste plastics to use in constructing materials. The project takes the advantage of microbial species such as algae, bacteria, and fungi to enable recycled polymers to be employed in civil engineering materials such as concrete and asphalt pavement. Prior to arriving at WSU, Ali examined bio-based nanopigments and their application in pavement marking paints and protective coatings. He has also worked on other projects including fluorescent chromophores and white-light-emitting compounds.
Amir Ali Shahmansouri

Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering, 2022 – Present, Washington State University
M.S., Civil Engineering, 2022, University of Mazandaran
B.S., Civil Engineering, 2016, Shomal University
Before joining WSU, Amir Ali obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering in Iran. His previous research includes laboratory characterizations of concrete elements and materials (CEM) such as natural zeolitic concrete, pozzolanic geopolymer concrete, PET aggregate concrete, rubberized concrete, recycled aggregate concrete (RAC), oil palm shell concrete, steel tube-confined concrete (STCC), concrete-filled steel tube (CFST), fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC), and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), post-fire assessment of CEM, durability and life-cycle assessment (LCA) of eco-friendly concrete, machine learning/soft computing modeling of CEM, RC members, and concrete rocking walls. His current research focus and interests are data-driven models for CEM, durability and LCA of engineered cementitious composite (ECC).
Rahman Mohammadkhani


Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering, 2022 – Present, Washington State University
M.S., Polymer/Corrosion Science Engineering, 2018, Sharif University of Technology
B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2015, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
Before his PhD program at WSU, Rahman completed his B.Sc in Chemical Engineering at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM). Then, he did M.Sc in Polymer/Corrosion Science engineering at Sharif University of Technology (SUT). His M.Sc thesis was about anticorrosion coatings reinforced by nanoparticles. Synthesis of nanoparticles which have high potential to demonstrate anticorrosion properties along with working on polymer coatings such as Epoxy and Epoxy Ester to improve the corrosion protection performance of steels are some skills have been obtained by him during the former education. Besides, he did some studies about Metal Organic Framework (MOF) which has been considered as a good candidate for nano-carrier or nano-reservoir and investigated their application in smart anticorrosion and selective Dye adsorption. Currently, he is working on the “rebar corrosion behavior of biochar concrete”. He is also expected to do stochastic service life model of reinforced concrete considering the risk of rebar corrosion.
Akinleye Taiwo Olawale


Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering, 2021 – Present, Washington State University
M.S., Civil Engineering, 2021, Washington State University
M. Eng., Civil Engineering, 2018, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Taiwo’s current research is in geomechanics with an emphasis on understanding geochemical interactions and flows in the subsurface while adopting novel experimental and numerical modeling techniques. He also has a vested interest and experience in the testing and characterization of porous engineering materials


Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alpha Cooper Jr

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2019 – present, Washington State University
Alpha Cooper is currently pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University in Pullman. His relevant course work includes both material Science and civil engineering. In the summer, he worked in construction engineering, and his current work in SGI mainly focuses on the structural monitoring of FRP-tube composite filled with geopolymer material.
Jan Mislang

B.S. Civil Engineering,  2019 – Present, Washington State University
Jan is currently pursuing a BS in civil engineering at Washington state university, Pullman, with an emphasis on structural engineering. From September 2020 to May 2021, he worked as an undergraduate technical assistant focusing on using the mechanical rocker test method for ice melting test (MRT-IMC) and the standard test method for the freezing point of aqueous engine coolants. Currently, he works in SGI and focuses on the mask/textile fiber-concrete project.
Sydney Beauvirage

B.S., Environmental Engineering, Expected May 2024, Washington State University
B.S., Environmental Studies (minor: Geology) 2018, Iowa State University
Sydney is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering. Before coming to Washington State University, she attended Iowa State University, and she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines for two years as a Coastal Resource Manager.
Ahmad Ali Alnajjar

B.S., Mechanical Engineering (minor: Materials Science), 2019 – Present, Washington State University
Ahmad Alnajjar is a senior student pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Material Science Engineering and Business Administration at Washington State University. Since January 2022 Ahmad is working as a Teaching Assisting for Integrated CAD Design course. In the summer of 2022, Ahmad had his internship at W. R. Grace & Co. Maintenance and Engineering. Ahmad enjoys outdoor activities and volunteer.
Thy Nguyen

B.S., Civil Engineering, 2019 – Present, Washington State University
My name is Thy Nguyen, and I am from Vietnam. I’m a Junior student in Civil Engineering at WSU and I am working as an undergraduate research assistant. I am interested in Sports and things that related to civil engineering in general. “Work hard, play hard”