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Wen named ASCE fellow

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Haifang Wen

Haifang Wen, associate professor and Director of Washington Center for Asphalt Technology in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Society fellows are recognized for their engineering contributions with only three percent of its membership holding the title, according to the ASCE website. The ASCE, which is the US’s oldest engineering society, includes more than 150,000 members from 177 countries. 

Wen has conducted research in numerous sustainable infrastructure materials, including waste cooking oil, recycled asphalt pavement, recycled concrete, steel slag, fly ash, recycled asphalt shingle, recycled carbon-fiber composites, and warm mix asphalt. He pioneered the development of bio-asphalt using waste cooking oil. 

His research on the catastrophic failure of I-90 in Chicago associated with the use of recycled asphalt pavement grindings led to a revision of construction specifications of the Illinois tollway. He also holds an international patent on the use of recycled carbon-fiber composites in permeable asphalt pavement. 

His research on recycled concrete was named by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officialsas a high-value research project. A few of his papers have been listed by the National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB) as practice-ready papers that “make a contribution to the solutions of current or future problems or issues for practitioners,” according to the TRB website. 

He has received a WSU outstanding mentor award and a Voiland College outstanding researcher award. He also served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geological Engineering, as well as committees of ASCE Institutes. 

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