Paola Bandini, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE is the Wells-Hatch Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU). She received Master and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University. She is a co-Principal Investigator and the Thrust Lead for Infrastructure Construction of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center. She has 20+ years of teaching and research experience in geotechnical engineering. She holds a patent for bio-inspired deep foundations and anchors. Her current research interests are on the development of biogeotechnologies for deep foundations and anchors, ground improvement, and erosion control, and sustainable earthen construction. She is a member of the Geo-Institute’s Technical Coordination Council (TCC) and previously served seven years in the Board of Directors (including as President) of the New Mexico Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and as chair of two standing committees of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).