Jackson State University Professor Earns ASCE Fellow Status

July 10, 2017


Lin Li, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Jackson State University, in Mississippi, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Li teaches geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, unsaturated soil mechanics, geoenvironmental engineering, advanced soil mechanics, advanced foundation engineering, and soil dynamics. His expertise is in the areas of innovative levee testing and protection, biomediated ground improvement, sustainable infrastructure, and geo-environment. He has been principal investigator or coprincipal investigator of more than 14 major research grants from federal and state agencies with total funding amounts of $3.6 million, the grantors including National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Transportation, Mississippi DOT, Recycled Materials Resource Center under Federal Highway Administration, and Institute for Multimodal Transportation under Federal Transit Administration, mostly in the area of geotechnical engineering.

He is vice chair of the Transportation Research Board’s AFP40 committee, chair of the ASTM D18.14 subcommittee, and a member of both the ASCE Geoenvironmental Committee and the ASCE Erosion Committee. He is an editorial board member of the international journal Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. He has also served as book reviewer, proposal reviewer, and paper reviewer for top engineering journals, and as conference session chair for TRB, GeoSynthetics, and ASCE Geo-Institute conferences.

Li has authored or coauthored more than 100 published, peer-reviewed articles. His publications on long-term performance of permeable reaction barriers have been cited over 250 times. He developed a WiscLEACH model that can predict the leaching metal concentrations in pavement systems built with recycled materials. With funding support from DHS, Li’s research focuses on levee protection during Hurricane overtopping. Thirty of his published papers are about innovative levee strengthening and testing under full-scale overtopping conditions, and his work is cited in Levees and the National Flood Insurance Program: Improving Policies and Practices, by the National Research Council of the National Academies. With funding from NSF, his research on biomediated ground improvement has led to more than 10 SCI-index journal articles. He received a Faculty Excellence Award from JSU, and was honored with the Richard S. Ladd D18 Standards Development Award from ASTM for his effort in ASTM D7762 development.

He serves as a member of JSU’s University Graduate Council Committee, University Research Advising Committee, and University Global Board of Advisors, and as University Academy Coach. Li is a registered professional engineer in the states of Mississippi and Wisconsin, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004.

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