Environmentally Responsive Pavement Materials Webinar
- Environmentally Responsive Pavement Materials
Xiong (Bill) Yu, Ph.D, P.E.
- Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, courtesy EECS, MAE, MSE
- Case Western Reserve University
This presentation will introduce the notion and interest of my research in developing environmentally friendly materials for road construction. Instead of passively responding to the service environment as a form of load and source of deterioration, I perceive that new materials will dynamically respond to the environmental conditions and therefore exert feedback to modulate the environment into a condition that will prolong its service. An example will be given on our progress in developing solar responsive pavement materials that dynamically modulate the thermal loads on pavement, i.e., make the road cooler under hot weather and warmer under cold weather. Both aspects help to extend the service life of pavement while reducing the environmental impacts of built infrastructure.
Dr. Xiong (Bill) Yu is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University. He holds secondary appointments from EECS, MAE and MSE. Dr. Yu received a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, M.S. and B.S. degrees in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. He also took interdisciplinary training of M.S. in EECS from Purdue and B.S. in Computer Science from Tsinghua University. Dr. Yu’s research interests span a broad spectrum of topics, including geoengineering and materials,multiphysics processes, innovative sensors, structural health monitoring, smart driving and working environment, intelligent systems, and sustainable and multifunctional materials. His research emphasizes the use of interdisciplinary approaches to advance the intelligent design and durability of geosystems, civil infrastructure, energy and environmental systems. He is the PI or co-PI of over 30 research projects by federal, state agencies and private industry. He is a recipient of a NSF CAREER award in 2009. He has published over 200 papers in journals and referred conference proceedings. He holds 3 U.S. patents, a few pending U.S. patent applications and invention disclosures. Dr. Yu has graduated 6 Ph.D.s, five (5) of whom received tenure track faculty positions at U.S. institutes of higher education. Dr. Yu is an active advocate of international collaborations. He is a member of U.S. delegates for academic exchanges with China, Japan, Germany, India, and UK. He serves on the editorial board of 4 journals. He is the chair of the Geo-Institute Engineering Geology and Site Characterization committee, which received the Geo-Institute Technical Committee of the Year award in 2014.