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Spring 2021 Newsletter
Volume 2  Issue 1
TriDurLE Prioritizes Diversity
Overall TriDurLE Diversity Priorities

In an effort to improve awareness of the field of transportation and more specifically the work in areas related to transportation infrastructure durability and life-extension to diverse audiences, the TriDurLE center has implemented intentional efforts at all levels from proposal submissions to outreach and engagement. For proposal submission for 2021, principal investigators are required to submit a diversity/outreach plan, indicating their intentional efforts throughout the year to increase diversity in their laboratories and classrooms. During the fiscal year, the TriDurLE diversity team will gather demographics of research participants, students in courses taught by researchers that relate to the topic of the center, and participants of monthly webinars in order to access the population we are engaging and develop mechanisms to increase the diversity of the population. 

Specific Initiatives to Increase Diversity:
  • In order to increase the number of diverse undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research at the collaborating institutions in the TriDurLE UTC, consortium member Tennessee State University is willing to provide funded students to collaborate on other researchers’ projects. TSU will either support a student conducting summer research at one of the institutions, or have a student conducting components of the research at the TSU campus during the semester or summer to support the efforts at another institution. TriDurLE researchers should contact Diversity Director Catherine Armwood for more information.
  • Catherine Armwood gave a Black History Month presentation at Harpeth Hall, an all-girl's school in Nashville, titled, “Service: The Path to Success” on February 8, 2021
  • In celebration of Women's History Month, TriDurLE's March webinar featured speaker Carmen Swanwick of the Utah Department of Transportation to talk about insights into her career as a bridge engineer.
  • In collaboration with Vanderbilt University and University of Memphis, TSU organized and executed Tennessee Department of Transportation's first ever Innovation to Implementation Forum and Peer-Exchange April  5-6, 2021.
  • TriDurLE director of diversity Catherine Armwood will be a panelist at the Women Transportation Seminar (WTS) Virtual Annual Conference May 10-14, 2021 titled “Secrets to Retaining Diverse Engineering Students” 
  • TSU was awarded a National Summer Transportation Institute from TDOT for summer 2021. The program will target high school students grades 9-12 and will involve two, two-week camps. The first two weeks of camp will be in-person, and will target 20 students and the second two-week session will be virtual with a target population of 50 students. The program will include approximately four days dedicated to transportation materials and infrastructure such as bridges and dams. The TriDurLE UTC will be invited to support these particular topics and engagement of activities in the NSTI summer camps.
  • TriDurLE established funding opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in diversity initiates through travel grants (see more information below on the application process)
  • TriDurLE established of funding opportunities for diverse students to engage in TriDurLE research (see more information below on the application process)
  • TriDurLE established work study opportunities for diverse high school, undergraduate and graduate students at WSU to participate in TriDurLE research activities

NEW! Waheed Uddin Travel Grants for Students, Faculty, and Staff to Increase Diversity

In honor of the late Dr. Waheed Uddin, TriDurLE is awarding travel grants to students, faculty, and staff, who meet the criteria of the travel. Visit the websites below to find out how to apply for these grants. 
NEW! TriDurLE Creates Funding Opportunities for Diverse Students 
Waheed Uddin Diversity Graduate Research Fellowship

The TriDurLE Diversity Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) intends to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for students from under-represented and under-served communities, and to increase graduate student diversity in the UTC TriDurLE. Selected research assistants will work with TriDurLE researchers to conduct research relevant to the USDOT strategic priority of “Improving the Durability and Extending the Life of Transportation Infrastructure.” Open to master's and doctoral students. Find out more about this opportunity here:
TriDurLE Presenters at the TRB 100th Annual Virtual Meeting in January 2021

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 100th Annual Meeting was held virtually this year from January 5-29, 2021. Several TriDurLE faculty and students presented their research on infrastructure sustainability and life extension. Dr. Xianbiao Hu from the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T was appointed as an at-large member of the Transportation Research Board Committee Research Coordinator Leadership Council during the meeting to provide guidance and training to the CRCs, and to act as the liaison between TRB and the CRCs. 
Presentations by Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Anyou Zhu, Hanli Wu, Jenny Liu: “Feasibility study on novel fire-resistant coating materials” presented at the Emerging Concrete Technology section, Jan 29.
  •  Xiaolong Xia, Xiong Zhang, Sara Fayek, and Zhaozheng Yin: “A table method for coded target decoding with application to 3-D reconstruction of soil samples during triaxial testing” presented at the Improving Site Characterization and Reliability with Innovative Laboratory and Field Testing section, Jan 26.
  • Beshoy Riad, and Xiong Zhang: “A consistent three-dimensional elasto-plastic model to study unsaturated soil behavior with considerations of coupled hydro-mechanical hysteresis” presented at the Effect of Moisture on Subgrade Soil section, Jan 25.
  • Sara Fayek, Xiong Zhang, and Xiong Zhang: “A critical assessment of soil disturbances during triaxial testing using a photogrammetry-based method” presented at the Improving Site Characterization and Reliability with Innovative Laboratory and Field Testing section, Jan 26.
  • Yajuan Deng, Sanghuiyu Yan, Peng Zhang, and Xianbiao Hu:  “Mining route set distribution range and affecting factor threshold based on GPS data” presented at the Mining Data Deeper to Understand Travel Behavior section, Jan 26. This paper has also been accepted for publication in Transportation Research Record (TRR).
 Presentations by Washington State University
  • Nazari, M.H., Shi, X. "Bio-based Renewable Additives for Anti-icing Applications."
  • Ji Yun Lee. Poster presentation. Structural Safety “Instantaneous-Resilience Metric Concerning the Robustness and Redundancy” and “Work-Zone Crash Severity Analysis: Development and Use of the Joint Distribution of Crash-Related Variables.”
 Presentations by University of Colorado Denver
  • Coppola, Nick. and Wes Marshall. "Static Obstructions and the Impact on Functional Sidewalk Width."  
Presentations by University of Utah
  • Pedro Romero,  "Correlation between Laboratory and Natural Aging Using the Low-Temperature Performance Test with Bending Beam Rheometer’ by ASM Asib and P. Romero. 
Shi Delivers Technical Writing Training
Dr. Xianming Shi delivered a training seminar on January 22 titled "Six Key Elements of High-quality Technical Writing." His audience of more than 60 included WSU Civil & Environmental engineering students and some non-WSU researchers. The recording is available here

2020 Missouri Science & Technology Faculty Research Award 
Dr. Xiong Zhang, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering and TriDurLE researcher, received the 2020 S&T Faculty Research Award. The Faculty Research Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship.

IACIP Outstanding Graduate Student Award 

Jun Liu, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T, has been awarded the first place Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals (IACIP) for his outstanding academic performance. Jun's advisor is Dr. Jenny Liu.

Most Cited Paper for 2020
A paper by Xianming Shi and Gang Xu of Washington State University titled “Characteristics and applications of fly ash as a sustainable construction material: state-of-the-art review” (published in 2018) was awarded the 2020 Most Cited Paper Award by Resources Conservation & Recycling! Read the paper.

Outstanding Associated Editor Award 
Dr. Xianbiao Hu from the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T received the Outstanding Associated Editor Award from the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. The Journal is a forum for researchers to disseminate innovative research that enhances the safety, efficiency, reliability, resilience, and sustainability of person and freight transportation. 

International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals  Poster Awards

Two Ph.D. students, Anyou Zhu and Hanli Wu from the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T, recently have been awarded the Second Place and Third Place IACIP Best Poster Awards, respectively, during the International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals (IACIP) Student Poster Contest at the 11th Annual IACIP Workshop (online) held on January 9th and 16th, 2021. The aim of the poster presentations and competition is to promote the engagement of students and young professionals in the activities of the IACIP. Anyou Zhu’s advisor is Dr. Jenny Liu and Hanli Wu’s advisors are Dr. Jenny Liu and Dr. Xiong Zhang

New Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering

Dr. Xiong Zhang 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. Journal topics 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. Zhang was also nominated to serve as chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute Shallow Foundation Committee, which provides leadership in applying engineering principles related to the design, construction, and maintenance of shallow foundations. 
Recent Publications by TriDurLE Researchers
Coppola, N. and Marshall, W. 2021. Sidewalk Static Obstructions and the Impact on Clear Width. Transportation Research Record (

Du, S., Ge, Y., Shi, X. Multi-phase Sphere Modeling of High-Volume Fly Ash Concrete: Freezing-thawing Performance. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2021, in press. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0003813.

 Li, Z., Fei, M., Huyan, C., Shi, X. Nano-Engineered, Fly Ash-Based Geopolymer Composites: An Overview. Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 2021, 168, 105334. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105334.

Tang, Z., Li, Z., Fan, L., Gong, J., Zhong, J., Shi, X.  Effect of Surface Tension, Foaming Stabilizer, and Graphene Oxide on the Properties of Foamed Paste. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2021, 21(5), 3123–3133. DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2021.19282.

Wright, J.W., and Pantelides, C.P. (2021). "Axial compression capacity of concrete columns reinforced with corrosion-resistant metallic reinforcement." J. Infrastruct. Preserv. Resil. 2, 2 (2021).

Sayed Hooman Ghasem and Yun, Ji., (2021) "Reliability-based indicator for post-earthquake traffic flow capacity of a highway bridge." Structural Safety, Vol. 89, March 2021. 

TriDurLE 2021 Webinar Series
February 11
Dr. XB Hu, assistant professor at Missouri S&T, kicked off our 2021 webinar series in February with his talk on "Development and Testing of Autonomous Vehicle Technology for Transportation Infrastructure Maintenance." Dr. Hu discussed the use Autonomous Vehicle technology for work zone maintenance for the purpose of protecting DOT maintenance workers from potential crashes. If you missed this opportunity, you can 
View a Recording of This Webinar.

March 30

Speaker: Carmen Swanwick, Director of Construction, Utah Department of Transportation
Title: Insights into a career as a bridge engineer

View a recording of this webinar

April 22
Speaker: Dr. Henry V. Burton, Associate Professor and the Englekirk Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Title: Seismic Risk and Resilience Modeling of Distributed Infrastructure
Find out more and register

May 6
Speaker: Dr. Xianming Shi
Title:  Durability of Concrete Materials in Cold Regions: Emerging Challenges and Countermeasures

Find out more and register
About TriDurLE
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The National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE), led by Washington State University, is one of seven National University Transportation Centers (UTCs) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and  serves as the only National UTC with a focus on the USDOT strategic priority of “Improving the Durability and Extending the Life of Transportation Infrastructure.” TriDurLE is a consortium of 11 universities, forming a collaborative team with unique strengths and credentials. We collectively offer multidisciplinary programs engaged in innovative research, education, and technology transfer.

The TriDurLE consortium includes:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Case Western Research University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • South Dakota State University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Utah
  • Washington State University (Lead)
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