Plenary speakers for BEI-DURABILITY (alphabetical order)


Issam Harik

Dr. Issam Elias Harik is the Raymond-Blythe Professor of Civil Engineering, and Manager of the Structures Program at the Kentucky Transportation Center, University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1982 and joined the University of Kentucky the same year. Dr. Harik's research interests are in the areas of fiber reinforced polymer composite components and structures, structural evaluation and retrofit of bridges, natural and man-made hazard management of highway structures, field testing of bridges, and structural health monitoring and remote sensing of highway structures. Since joining the University of Kentucky in August 1982, he has directed or co-directed the research of more than 110 funded projects and is currently directing 13 projects. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 refereed Journal articles and 160 refereed conference articles, and more than 100 other technical publications including chapters in books. He has directed or is currently directing the research of more than 55 Post Docs and visiting professors and scholars, 160 graduate students, 60 undergraduate students, and 25 high school students. He currently serves as a member of 9 societies and 9 committees. He has organized, co-organized, and chaired national and international conferences, workshops, and technical sessions.


John Myers

Dr. John J. Myers, P.E., Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, joined Missouri S&T (MST) under the University's Infrastructure Mission Enhancement Program. Dr. Myers has been actively involved in high performance materials from a research standpoint for the past twenty-nine years. In particular, his focus has concentrated on high-strength / high performance concrete (HS/HPC) behavior and durability performance; fiber-reinforced polymers in structural repair and strengthening applications including their durability behavior; development of environmentally sensitive construction materials; and blast resistance of structures. He also has research interests in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) and instrumentation related to NDE of structures. He has been involved in nearly fifty field deployment projects that demonstrate innovative materials for structural application including HPC, HSC, HS-SCC, HVFAC, UHPC, HCB Bridges, CFRP, GFRP, FRCM, SRP, SRG, and others. These projects often include field load testing and monitoring for long-term performance and durability. Professionally, he is an active member in ACI, ASCE, ASEE, PCI, TMS, TRB, and NSPE and serves on numerous technical and educational committees within these organizations including committee chairmanship duties. Dr. Myers is a Society Fellow of F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.IIFC, and F.TMS. He is also a registered P.E. in three states and has over 10 years of professional experience in industry.


Xianming Shi

Dr. Xianming Shi is an Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Washington State University and the Founding Director of a new USDOT National University Transportation Center, National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE). He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for a new Springer Nature Journal, Journal of Infrastructure Preservation & Resilience. Dr. Shi has more than 20 years of experience in conducting engineering and science research, with a demonstrated publication record (Google H-index: 38, citations >5,000), especially in the fields of sustainable materials and infrastructure preservation. He has served as the Site Director for two Tier 1 University Transportation Centers, CESTiCC and CAMMSE. One of his projects won the AASHTO 2016 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project award. Dr. Shi was presented the Outstanding Researcher Award and Leon Luck Outstanding Faculty Award by the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2018. One of his papers was the Best Paper 2011-2012 by the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. Dr. Shi is a member of several expert committees under TRB, NACE, ASCE, and ACI. He holds his Ph.D. in Chemistry (Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1999), M.S. in Applied Chemistry (Tianjin University, 1996), a 2nd M.S. in Industrial & Management Engineering (Montana State University, 2002) and B.S. in Corrosion & Protection (Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 1993).