is the Opal J. and Richard A. Vanderhoof Professor of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. His research emphasizes the use of interdisciplinary approaches to address the engineering problems in geosystem and civil infrastructure. His research activities include multiscale and multiphysics processes in geomaterials, smart sensors and materials, intelligent infrastructure and systems, bio-inspired engineering. He is the PI of over 40 research projects funded by federal, state agencies and private industry. He is a recipient of a NSF CAREER award in 2009. He has published around 300 papers in journals and referred conference proceedings, a number of which received awards and recognitions. He is committed to graduate student mentorship with large number of students successfully launched academic career, including 2 received NSF CAREER awards. He was elected as Fellow of ASCE in 2015. Among the awards and recognitions, he is a recipient of Case School of Engineering Faculty Research Award in 2019 and 2012 respectively, and Faculty Innovation Award in 2018. For professional service, he serves on the editorial board of a few journals, as chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute Engineering Geology and Site Characterization committee, as president/immediate past president of the International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals, as Chair of Case School of Engineering Executive Committee. He currently serves as the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.