Xinbao Yu is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2009 from Case Western Reserve University. Before joining UTA, Dr. Yu was a research associate at Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC). Dr. Yu’s research interests include geothermal energy applications, deep foundations, bridge scour, expansive soils, and Time-Domain Reflectometry (TDR) soil sensors. Dr. Yu’s research sponsors include NSF, NCHRP, CALTRANS, TXDOT, ODOT, and private industries. Dr. Yu has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers. Dr. Yu is a member of the Geo-Institute Technical Committee on unsaturated soils and Scour and Erosion. Dr. Yu received Excellence in Research Award in 2021 from the College of Engineering at UTA.