Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Professor Xianming Shi has accepted the role of Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE).

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the selection that was defined by the WSU Faculty Senate Manual. While several faculty members were nominated, Xianming received broad and enthusiastic support and I’m very pleased that he’s willing to continue in this role.  Over the past year, while serving as interim chair, he worked with other CEE faculty members to create a leadership team that supports the needs of the students, staff and faculty.  He’s expanded corporate engagement and is leading efforts to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students studying in CEE.

Dr. Shi is also known around for his research in the area of infrastructure durability and sustainability. He directs the National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension, a U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation center focused on infrastructure durability that includes researchers from 11 universities around the U.S. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Infrastructure Preservation & Resilience.

Shi is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In addition to awards by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and from ASCE, he has received several Department of Civil and Environmental awards, including the Outstanding Researcher Award and the Leon Luck Most Effective Professor Award.

Please join me in congratulating Xianming!

Go Cougs!

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Mary Rezac (she/her/hers)
Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Washington State University
Phone: 509-335-5593