Closeup of Xianming Shi
Xianming Shi

Xianming Shi, associate professor in WSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

ASCE fellows make up only three percent of the approximately 150,000 members of the organization, which is the oldest engineering society in the U.S. Fellows are recognized for their contributions and solutions that change lives around the world, according to the ASCE website.

Shi has been recognized for his significant contributions to civil engineering research, teaching and professional service. He directs the Laboratory for Advanced and Sustainable Cementitious Materials and the Laboratory of Corrosion Science and Electrochemical Engineering at WSU. His research contributions include more than 140 scholarly journal articles, several books, one international patent and numerous other publications, with more than 6,000 citations by peers. His research has resulted in mechanistic understanding of how both nanoscience and nanoengineering can benefit infrastructure durability.

Shi has provided vision and leadership on three university transportation centers, and he has served as a control member for the ASCE Construction Institute Bituminous Materials Committee since 2016.

He has more than 20 years of experience in use-inspired and multidisciplinary research. He is the director of the National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension. He led the effort to establish this national center last year, receiving a $7.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The new center is the only national university transportation center focused on the state of infrastructure repair, and the consortium includes researchers from 10 universities around the U.S.

Shi has received about $20 million in research funding from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, National Academies, U.S. DOT, state DOTs, and from the private sector. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Infrastructure Preservation & Resilience by Springer Nature.

He has received several teaching and research awards, including the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Outstanding Researcher Award in 2017 and 2019 as well as the Leon Luck Outstanding Faculty Award.

Shi holds a PhD in polymer chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing as well as a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering from Montana State University. He also holds a master’s degree from Tianjin University and a bachelor’s degree from Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology in China.