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Linbing Wang 2020 Election Information

Friday, June 5, 2020

Linbing Wang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Lingbing Wang Statement of Service

Ut Prosim (That I May Serve, the Virginia Tech Motto)

Summary of My Involvement with EMI/EMD: I attended my first EMI conference in 2001 and have attended almost every annual meeting ever since. Currently I am the immediate past chair of the Nanomechanics and Micromechanics committee, a member of the Granular Materials committee, and a member of the Mechanics of Pavement committee. As the founding committee chair for the Mechanics of Pavement committee, I led the establishing of a Task Committee on Pavement Mechanics in 2008, and turned it into a formal committee in 2011 after successful efforts in growing the task committee, and organizing sessions and mini symposiums. I also served as the vice chair (2015-2017) and chair (20172019) of the Nanomechanics and Micromechanics Committee. In almost 20 years, I have actively served as session and mini symposium chairs every meeting I attended, and also served the organizing committee of the EMI annual meetings twice and the local organizing committee of the EMI annual meetings three times (Baton Rouge and Blacksburg). Among the many mini symposiums that I have organized I would like to specially mention the mini-symposiums including one in 2005 in Louisiana in Honor of Bob Lytton, one in Boston in 2011 in Honor of Dallas Little, and one in Stanford in 2015 in honor of James S. Lai. The professors being honored are internationally recognized researchers in pavement mechanics and pavement engineering. Having their honorary symposiums at the EMI annual conferences has impactful effects of EMI to the pavement mechanics and pavement engineering community. Around 2000, only very few participants were from the pavement areas. Today, about 30 active members are regularly involved in activities by the pavement committee thanks to the consistent efforts by succeeding chairs including Drs. Zhanping You, Yong-Rak Kim, and Hao Wang. Meanwhile, I would like to especially mention the 2011 mini-symposium at Boston; the pavement mechanics committee had attracted 35 participants from the pavement engineering community, accounting for a large percentage of all participants of that year. In addition, I am one of the four co-editors to lead the efforts to publish the first EMSP special publication containing the proceedings of the mini symposium organized at the EMI annual meeting at University of Southern California, which has also important advertising effects for EMI.

Focus Activity Areas Envisioned: Inspired by the vision developed by our past and current EMI leaders, I would concentrate on the following areas via collaborations with the EMI board and committees to better serve EMI. 

Recruiting Graduate Students and Young Faculty Members: Engineering mechanics departments in almost all US universities have merged into departments of mechanical, civil, aerospace, and bio engineering. This means engineering mechanics has become an inherent part of its hosts: there is no one single place (engineering mechanics department) where the majority of our future members can be recruited. The boundaries and job markets have also become smeared among these disciplinary areas.  When students and young faculty members select their hosting institutes (other ASCE institutes), we are facing competitions from the construction institute, the transportation development institute, however, we do have an advantage in that many members in these institutes can have interest in applied mechanics and become a member of EMI. I would be interested in student and young faculty member recruiting activities and will try to work productively and effectively with the board to achieve the goal via promoting the development of workshops and short courses on timely critical theme topics with younger faculty members and graduate students in different disciplines.

Tightening Industrial and Agency Partnerships: Although engineering mechanics departments have merged into other departments, it has also presented us with new opportunities, which may require rational analysis and plan development. Due to the merging, faculty members in engineering mechanics and applications in any of these departments may not be able to individually find resources or gain joint forces to approach industrial and agency partners for a large scope support, or to bring upon an event of significant scope and influence. Research activities are often independent and lack of well-coordinated national or regional efforts or programs. I will work with the board and committees to develop plans to approach large industrial partners and agencies to investigate potential service, education, workshop, and other needs for EMI if the board also envisions the importance of the partnerships and needs for improvements or strengthening.  This might be also jointly tied into the fund-raising activities for workshops, and augmented-reality teaching.

Strengthening International Collaborations: EMI has a sound reputation worldwide and been successful in organizing international conferences; even the domestic annual meetings have a large percentage of international participants. My tight collaborations with researchers in mechanics of pavements, civil infrastructure materials, multiscale modeling and simulation will allow me to support or lead activities such as joint conferences and workshops in countries such as UK, Germany, the Netherlands and China, offering joint short courses and organizing special publications.

Short Bio

Dr. Linbing Wang is a professor in civil engineering materials and pavement and the Director of the Center for Smart and Green Civil Systems at Virginia Tech. He is also an adjunct professor of University of Science and Technology Beijing. Dr. Wang has led more than 65 research projects (+$18 million) funded by NSF, DoD, DoA, NCHRP, FHWA, DoTs, MOST and CNSF. His research areas include mechanics of paving materials and pavement, sensing and infrastructure monitoring, and pavement related geotechnical solutions. Specific focus of his research includes material genome, multiscale characterization, modeling and simulation; smart and sustainable technologies; energy harvesting; civil infrastructure health monitoring and predictive analytics; innovative infrastructure assessment and performance predictions; high performance and multifunctional materials; pavement testing and mechanistic pavement design; infrastructure preservation and management; and application of remote sensing and imaging techniques. Dr. Wang's research integrates modeling and simulation with experimental characterization. He has established a Multiscale Characterization Lab with equipment including an AFM, a micro CT, a Nano CT, Laser Scanners, optical microscopes, and macro testing devices; and an Impact Lab with equipment including an 80-mm One-Stage Gasgun with launching speed up to one Km/s, and a speed camera capable of capturing images at one million frames per second.

Dr. Wang is the author of the Mechanics of Asphalt, Microstructure and Micromechanics, McGraw Hill, which is first of its kind to systematically address mechanics of asphalt. He has published more than 220 journal and proceeding articles, and edited or co-edited 18 proceedings, special publications, and special issues of journals, and given many invited talks including the prestigious Kent lecture and Sun Jun lecture. Dr. Wang has advised 21 Ph.D. and 23 MS to completion in the past 20 years. He has led a number of international student/faculty exchanges with universities in China and Europe and was awarded a Honoria professorship by College of Engineering of Aston University, UK. Dr. Wang has been serving the editorial boards of four journals. He has served as a member of technical committees of TRB, ASCE, panels of NCHRP and NSF; as a founding member of the APSE (Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering); and as a founding member of the International Association of the Chinese Infrastructure Professionals and served as its founding Vice President and 2nd President. In addition to serving the professional community, Dr. Wang also served as the President of the Engineering Faculty Organization (EFO) of Virginia Tech. In this position, Dr. Wang led the normalization of EFO leadership transition, establishment of the EFO-O grant program for large team collaborations, and launched the EFO Inspiration Seminar Series. Among the very many conferences, symposiums and workshops that Dr. Wang has organized, it is worthwhile mentioning that Dr. Wang has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator for five grants by National Science Foundation to support international workshops on Microstructure and Micromechanics of Stone Based Infrastructure Materials, on Genome of Stone-based Infrastructure Materials, and on Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Transportation Infrastructure. These workshops have been widely participated and have had significant impact on multiscale and multi-physics modeling and simulation, genome-based material design of stone-based infrastructure materials, and building smart, sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure.

Dr. Wang had a BS in hydraulic engineering from Hohai University in 1984; an MS in geotechnical engineering from Tongji University in 1991; and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech with a minor in engineering mechanics in 1998. In between, he worked in industry as a design engineer and a consulting engineer for nine years, involved in wide areas in hydraulic engineering planning, geotechnical and structural engineering for power plants, and material testing and evaluations for highways. In 2000, he became an assistant professor jointly appointed at both Louisiana State University and Southern University at Baton Rouge. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, Professor in 2010 at Virginia Tech. Dr. Wang also served as Director (2008-2013), Center for Smart Infrastructure and Sensing Technology, and Associate Director (2006-2008), Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.