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Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Technology

Pictured is Yan Liu, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering.Contact Information

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Material Science and Engineering, Tongji Univeristy 
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Tongji Univeristy 
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Courses Taught

  • Dynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Foundation Design
  • Highway and Bridge Design

Background

Yan Liu, Ph.D., P.E., is an associate professor of civil engineering technology at Point Park University. Prior to joining Point Park, Liu was an assistant professor at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

Certificates and Licenses

  • Professional Engineer
  • PDCA Pile Testing Efficiency Certificate (Advanced)
  • Project Management Professional

Research Experience

  • The National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • National Science Foundation
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Federal Highway Administration

Selected Publications

  • "Time Domain Reflectometry for Indirect Measurement of Soil Volume Change during Freeze-thaw Process", 2019 International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure and Materials, Jinan, China, 2019.
  • "Time Domain Reflectometry for Indirect Measurement Change during Freeze-thaw Process of Soil Volume," GeoShanghai 2018 International Conference, Shanghai, China, 2018.
  • "Characterization of Early Stage Concrete by Non-destructive Testing," 2017 International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure and Materials, Qingdao, China, June 2017.
  • "DES modeling of erosional forces around streamlined piers and implications to scour countermeasure," International Journal of Geomechanics, June 2017.
  • "Streamlining of Bridge Piers as Scour Countermeasures: Insights from CFD modeling," ASCE Geotechnical special publication, 2016.
  • "Advanced Ultrasonic Technology for Freezing Damage," International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, 2013.
  • "Investigation of Internal Frost Damage in Concrete with Thermodynamic Analysis, Micro-Damage Modeling and Time-Domain Reflectometry Sensor Measurements," Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2013.
  • "A new TDR sensor for accurate freeze-thaw measurement," International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 2012.
  • "Measurement of Soil Matric Suction Change during Freezing-thawing Process with the Aid of An Innovative Time Domain Reflectometry Sensor", Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2011.
  • "Ultrasonic Technology for Characterizing Multi-Scale Pore Structure of Concrete", First International Conference in North America on Nanotechnology in Cement and Concrete, 2010.

Selected Presentations and Awards

  • "Evaluation of Early Stage Concrete by Multiple Non-destructive Methods", oral presentation and publication for World Transportation Convention 2019, Beijing, China, June 2019.
  • "NDT of Soil Volume Change during Freeze-thaw Process," oral presentation, Excellent Paper Award and publication for World Transportation Convention 2018, Beijing, China, June 2018.
  • "Characterization of Early Stage Concrete by Non-destructive Testing," oral presentation and Best Paper Award for 2017 International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure and Materials, Qingdao, China, June 2017.
  • "Characterization of Freezing Fresh Concrete by Multiple Non-destructive Methods," oral presentation for the 4th GeoChina International Conference, Jinan, China, July 2016.
  • "Development of Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) Instrument for Fresh and Early Stage Concrete," poster presentation for the 89th Transportation Research Board annual conference, Washington, D.C., January 2010.
  • "Modeling of Ultrasonic Wave Propagation in Infrastructure Material", oral presentation for the 20th ACBM/NIST Computer Modeling Workshop, Gaithersburg, MD, August 2009.
  • "Innovative Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) Sensor for Fresh and Early Stage Concrete," poster presentation for the 2009 NSF CMMI Research and Innovation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2009.
  • "Instrument-Assisted Mechanistic Criteria to Prevent Freezing Damage of Early-Stage Concrete", oral presentation for the 88th Transportation Research Board annual conference, Washington, DC, January 2009.

Selected Professional Activities 

  • Organizing committee, 4th International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure and Materials, July 2019
  • Technical committee, World Transport Convention, June 2019
  • Technical committee, 3rd International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure and Materials, June 2018
  • Technical committee, World Transportation Convention, June 2018
  • Organizing committee, Early Career Geotech Faculty Workshop, May 2018
  • Technical committee, World Transport Convention, June 2017
  • Technical committee, 2nd International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure and Materials, June 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • American Society of Non-destructive Testing
  • American Concrete Institute
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals
  • World Transportation Congress

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