Ming Xiao, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Xiao’s research areas include performances of civil infrastructure and permafrost coastal erosion due to permafrost degradation in the Arctic, and their sociodemographic impacts; soil erosion; geosynthetics and their applications; geotechnical earthquake engineering, particularly on shake-table testing and liquefaction; flow in porous media; geotechnical in situ testing; and geoenvironmental engineering.
He has led collaborative and cross-disciplinary research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Interior, state Departments of Transportation, and industry to address infrastructure systems’ challenges. He has published two books and over 100 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as conference proceedings and technical reports.
Xiao was chair of the Geotechnics of Soil Erosion Committee in the ASCE Geo-Institute from 2011 to 2017. In 2020 he is the chair of the 10th International Conference on Scour and Erosion. He is also associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and an editorial board member of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. He has received the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award and the Harry West Teaching Award in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State.
He earned his B.S. in civil engineering at Shandong University, China, an M.S. in geotechnical engineering at Zhejiang University, China, and his Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering at Kansas State University. Xiao is a licensed professional engineer in California and Ohio.