INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE

In order to facilitate international collaborations, the SPTC has formed the International Collaboration Coordinating Committee.

Dar-Hao Chen (Chair)
After receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma in civil engineering (geotechnical), Dar-Hao Chen has been working for the Texas Department Transportation’s headquarter in Austin, Texas for more than 15 years. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma, Shandong University in China and Changsa University in China. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE. Chen also serves on the editorial board of a number of highly prestigious journals including the Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM; International Journal of Geomechancis, ASCE; International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, and the Journal of Innovative Infrastructure Solution. He serves on several Transportation Research Board committees, namely, AFH30: Emerging Technologies for Design and Construction; AFS90: Chemical and Mechanical Stabilization, and AFS50: Modeling Techniques in Geomechanics. He is the founding president of GeoChina Civil Infrastructure Association, USA. He served as a co-chair and secretary general of 2009 and 2011 GeoHunan International Conference, 2014 GeoHubei International Conference, and 2016 GeoChina International Conference. He has published more than 45 papers in SCI-indexed journals, edited six ASCE Geotechnical special publications, and holds five patents in China related to material testing, rehabilitation, and construction of pavements.   

Zhanyong Yao (Member)
Zhanyong Yao is a professor in the School of Civil Engineering at Shandong University, Qianfoshan Campus. He is the department head of Road and Bridge Engineering and the associate dean of the Institute of Engineering and Technology at Shandong University. He also serves as the deputy director of the academic council in the School of Civil Engineering and also the director of the Highway Engineering Technology Center at the same university. He serves as a national committee member for College Textbooks in Road Engineering of Transportation and Engineering in China and a member for Shandong Highway Engineering Experts Committee. He is the member of China Civil Engineering Society and the council member in Shandong Civil Engineering Society. He serves as editors for three professional journals in China including the Journal of Shandong University. From 1996 to 2008, Yao served as the associate dean for research, graduate programs and laboratories in the School of Civil Engineering at Shandong University. During his 20 plus years of service at SDU, his research areas are mainly focused on investigations of distress mechanisms of pavements and embankments. He also works on new pavement materials. Yao has conducted innovative and fundamental research in highway engineering and technology on the Yellow River silt plain punch and prevention technology, embankment filling technology and pavement functional materials based on several key road construction projects in China. He has been responsible for more than forty completed projects. He has published eighty plus peer-reviewed journal papers and four books. He is the holder of 23 national patents and received 5 provincial/ministerial level awards. Yao is the major founder of Department of Road and Bridge Engineering at Shandong University. Under his supervision, it is now the key discipline in Shandong Province. He has made significant contributions to road constructions in China, especially for highway engineering in Shandong Province which is the long-term leader in China. Under his plan and organization, in 2007, a close collaboration between Shandong Hi-Speed Group Company and Shandong University established the Shandong Hi-Speed Engineering Technology Center, supported by 75 million Chinese Yuan. Yao serves as the director of this center. He has supervised more than seventy master theses and doctoral dissertations to completion, and has been recognized with more than ten teaching awards.

Dharamveer Singh (Member)
 
Dharamveer Singh is an assistant professor of civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. He received his bachelor of engineering in civil engineering from M.B.M. Engineering College, Jodhpur, India, and Master of Technology in Transportation Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He obtained his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests spans a variety of topics such as pavement materials, asphalt binder rheology, performance characterization of asphalt mixes, recycling of asphalt mixes, warm mix technology, and pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. He was instrumental to attracting funding for several research projects during his stay at OU. Singh is closely associated with several professional organizations including Indian Roads Congress, the Institute of Urban Transport, India, ASCE, and ASTM. He is an associate editor of Innovative Infrastructure Solutions, published by Springer. He has published over 16 referred international journal papers, 20 international conference papers and 12 technical reports. He is a member of the H-6 Committee on Road Maintenance and Asset Management, Indian Road Congress. He also was an editor of ASCE, GSP 244 – one of the proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Civil Infrastructure; Geo-Hubei 2014.

Hany Farouk Shehata (Member) 
Shehata is the founder and CEO of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt “SSIGE.” He is a partner and vice-president of EHE-Consulting Group in the Middle East, and managing editor of the “Innovative Infrastructure Solutions” journal, published by Springer. He worked in the field of civil engineering early, while studying, with Bechtel Egypt Contracting & PM Company, LLC. His professional experience includes working in culverts, small tunnels, pipe installation, earth reinforcement, soil stabilization, and small bridges. He also has been involved in teaching, research, and consulting. His areas of specialization include static and dynamic soil-structure interactions involving buildings, roads, water structures, retaining walls, earth reinforcement, and bridges, as well as, different disciplines of project management and contract administration. He is the author of an Arabic practical book titled “Practical Solutions for Different Geotechnical Works: The Practical Engineers’ Guidelines.” He is currently working on a new book titled “Soil-Foundation-Superstructure Interaction: Structural Integration”. He is the contributor of more than 50 publications in national and international conferences and journals.