Innovative Characterization and Simulation for MGI Infrastructure Materials Design

Moderator(s): Shihui Shen, Penn State Altoona and Linbing Wang, Virginia Tech

  • Overview of MGI Approach for Asphalt Mix Design, Linbing Wang, professor, Virginia Tech
  • Concrete — Out of This World Construction Material, Aleksandra Radlińska, associate professor, Penn State
  • Particle Packing and Its Relation to Asphalt Mixture’s Compaction Characteristics, Shihui Shen, professor, Penn State Altoona
  • Quantifying Fundamental Dissolution-Precipitation Mechanisms for Cement Minerals Using In Situ Quantitative Phase Microscopy, Alexander Brand , associate professor, Virginia Tech


Linbing Wang is a professor in civil engineering materials and pavement and the director of the Center for Smart and Green Civil Systems at Virginia Tech. He is also an adjunct professor of University of Science and Technology Beijing. Dr. Wang has led more than 70 research projects  funded by NSF, DoD, DoA, NCHRP, FHWA, DoTs, MOST and CNSF. His research areas include mechanics of paving materials and pavements, sensing and infrastructure monitoring, and pavement related geotechnical solutions. He has served as the chair for the pavement mechanics committee, the chair for nanomechanics and micromechanics committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE and as a member of NCNHRP and NSF panels. He is very active in many professional organizations and chaired a number of conferences, symposiums and workshops related to transportation infrastructures and materials.

Aleksandra Radlińska is an associate professor of Civil Engineering at Penn State. She received her doctorate degree from Purdue University. Radlińska’s research focuses on developing innovative materials to enhance infrastructure durability and reducing CO2 impact. Currently, she is researching cement solidification in the microgravity environment (funded by NASA), pyrrhotite reactivity in concrete (funded by NSF), 3D printing of concrete (funded by NASA and Autodesk), and Nontraditional and Natural Pozzolan-based SCMs or Inorganic Polymers for Transportation Infrastructure (funded by FHWA).

Shihui Shen is the professor of Rail Transportation Engineering at Penn State Altoona. She earned her doctorate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana — Champaign. Shen studies pavement materials and structures for better durability, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Her work covered the characterization of asphalt related materials using innovative experimental techniques and computational modeling, as well as the long-term pavement performance monitoring and evaluation. She has served on various technical committees and project review panels for TRB, ASCE, NSF and NCHRP.

Alexander Brand received his bachelor's (2010), master's (2012), and doctorate (2015) degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2016 to 2018 he was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Materials and Structural Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He joined the civil engineering faculty at Virginia Tech in August 2018. His research focuses on materials science of civil infrastructure materials; dissolution, reaction, and hydration kinetics of minerals; advanced characterization techniques to study the micro- and nanostructure development in cementitious materials; use of recycled and by-product materials in concrete (reclaimed asphalt pavement aggregates, recycled concrete aggregates, steel furnace slag aggregates, and supplementary cementitious materials); concrete pavement engineering; fiber-reinforced concrete; two-lift concrete pavements; and roller-compacted concrete.

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Oct. 20, 2020

Noon—1:30 p.m.





The Transportation Asset and Infrastructure Management (TAIM) Conference attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. It is an outreach program of the Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS), a USDOT Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic) University Transportation Center (UTC) housed at the Larson Transportation Institute (LTI).