Outreach and Service


Conference Organizing

  • Organizing Committee, The 7th Annual IACIP Workshop, January 8, 2017, Washington, D.C.
  • Co-Chair Student poster competition, The 4th Annual IACIP Workshop, January 12, 2014, Washington, D.C
  • Co-Editor Geotechnical Special Publication Volume 240, Geo-Shanghai 2014, May 26-28, 2014
  • Session Chair Technical Session on “Scour at Bridge and Structures: Mechanism, Prediction, and Countermeasures”, GeoChicago 2016

National Professional Committees

  • Committee Secretary, ASCE Geo-Institute Committee on Geotechnics of Soil Erosion
  • Committee Member, ASCE Geo-Institute Committee on Engineering Geology and Site Characterization Committee
  • Member, TRB Standing Committee on Transportation Earthworks
  • Young Member, TRB AFS40 Committee on Subsurface Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Young Member, TRB Standing Committee on Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Quality
  • Young Member, TRB AFD35 Committee on Bridge Management
  • Young Member, TRB AFD20 Committee on Pavement Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Committee Chair, Committee on Slope Stability and Retaining Structures, World Transport Convention (China)

Editorial Board

  • International Journal of Geotechncial Engineering

Reviewing Service for Agencies, Journals or Conferences

  • National Science Foundation
  • ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems
  • ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal
  • ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluations
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Construction and Building Materials
  • Smart Structures and Systems, An International Journal
  • Sensors
  • International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering (Editorial Board Member)
  • GeoChicago 2016, Geo-Shanghai 2014, Geo-Congress 2014, TRB 2014, IACGE2013, ASCE GeoRisk 2011, ASCE GeoFrontiers 2011, GeoShanghai 2010, GeoFlorida 2010

University Service

  • Chair, Computer Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Akron
  • Co-Chair, Seminar Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Akron
  • Committee Member, Faculty Research Committee, The University of Akron


HS Summer Research Academy fellows 2016
HS Summer Research Academy fellows 2016
Science fair
NEOHSTEM Science Fair
  • August 5, 2016           Congratulations to the HS Summer Research Academy fellows Brandon Leap and Nick Robinson on their successful poster presentation on bio-inspired infrastructure! Proud of what you’ve achieved in the very short eight weeks! Congratulations to Junhong Li as well! Junhong did a great job advising these young researchers.
  • June-Aug, 2016         Brandon Leap and Nick Robinson join the research group as HS Summer Research Academy fellows.
  • Oct. 3, 2015               Northeastern Ohio STEM (NEOHSTEM) Science Fair project mentor (, Hudson High School)
  • “Introduce a Girl into Engineering”, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH