Coastal and Hydraulic Engineering Expert Earns Fellow Status

January 5, 2018


Daoxian Shen, P.E., Ph.D., D.CE, F.ASCE, the U.S. coastal team leader for Han-Padron Associates/Halcrow/CH2M, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Shen, since 2012, has led his team on large international projects. He started his career at engineering firms around Japan and now has 25 years of experience in the coastal and hydraulic engineering fields. Numerical modeling, coastal structure design, engineering consulting, construction inspection, and project management, particularly specializing in coastal structure design – all are brought to bear on his research over 20 published papers to date. Since joining HPA/Halcrow/CH2M, he has worked on more than 40 U.S. and international projects in coastal engineering as principal engineer, project manager, and team leader.

He has also been active in ASCE and other organizations. He participated the Review and Edition Committee of Rock Manual (2007), which has been widely used in coastal and civil engineering projects. He has been a member of the Coastal and Estuarine Hydroscience Committee under COPRI-ASCE since 2011. Recently, he was invited for a second time by China Harbor as a coastal expert to provide a two-day training for their overseas engineers and managers in China.

Shen is most proud of two of his innovative designs, using both numerical modeling and 2D/3D physical modeling studies. One is the use of bridge piers not only for supporting a bridge but also as a wave protection structure, for Jebel Ali New Container Project. This design option was recommended to DP World, UAE, and was well-received by its clients. The other design adopts geotextile tubes as a core in a large concrete armor breakwater, this time for Carr’s Bay Port, Montserrat. The option was very valuable in cost- and time-saving while taking advantage of the abundance of dredged material and volcanic sand at the project site. Both innovations were presented at the International Conference of Coastal Structure, and the first one was awarded as Best Technical Paper in Halcrow-CH2M in 2011-12.

Shen is a licensed professional engineer in Oregon. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 1986 and 1989. In 1990-1993, he was given a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture for doctoral study at Tokyo University, where he obtained his Ph.D.

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