The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Linbing Wang, a professor in the Charles E. Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for his work to create sustainable roads and highways.
His research expertise is in characterizing, modeling, and simulating the behavior of infrastructure materials exposed to a wide variety of conditions. His work has led to major cost savings in the multi-billion-dollar U.S. highway industry.
His pioneering vision led him to receive National Science Foundation grants, Department of Defense grants, and a National Cooperative Highway Research Program project. He has led more than 50 research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Federal Highway Administration, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Department of Transportation, and other agencies.
Realizing the potential of his emerging research area, the National Science Foundation sponsored the First International Workshop on Microstructure and Micromechanics of Stone-based Infrastructure Materials, and Wang served as the chair.
Wang is a leading researcher on asphalt mechanics and the author of more than 110 journal and proceeding articles and 50 project reports; he has edited or co-edited proceedings, special publications, and special issues of journals; and has delivered many invited talks, including two keynote speeches.
His research integrates modeling and simulation with experimental measurements, with a focus on the material genome; multiscale characterization, modeling and simulation; smart and sustainable technologies; energy harvesting; civil infrastructure health monitoring; 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.
He has been a member of several National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project Panels and the Federal Highway Administration Expert Task Group on Fundamental Properties and Advanced Modeling of Asphalt.
He received his bachelor’s degree in hydraulic engineering from Hohai University, a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from Tongji University, and a doctoral degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech with a minor in engineering mechanics. 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.