The ASCE Transportation and Development Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Kelvin C.P. Wang, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, of the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, as the 2024 recipient of the James Laurie Prize. The James Laurie Prize is awarded based on contributions to the advancement of transportation engineering. 

Dr. Wang is a civil engineering professor and the director of the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University. Throughout his career, Dr. Wang has worked tirelessly to help advance pavement evaluation technology both in the U.S. and internationally. A pioneer in the development of instrumented vehicles for pavement distress, he’s been invested in the automating survey of pavement distresses with funding from FHWA. FAA, NCHRP, US Army, and many state highway departments over the last 30 years. His work on pavement 3D sensors, Al solutions, and automated technologies changed the landscape of pavement survey and is closely followed by industry and researchers. Products based on his technology are used in several countries.

In 2011, he received the Frank M. Masters Award and was the 2018 recipient of the Francis C. Turner Award. He also served as T&DI President for FY 2017 and ASCE named him a Distinguished Member in 2021. Dr. Wang is a Southwest Jiatong University (B.S., 1983), Beijing Jiatong University (M.S., 1986), and Arizona State University (Ph.D., 1992) graduate.

Dr. Wang is a registered engineer in Arkansas.