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Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

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Ph.D. Students

  • Jie Huang, August 2004 to December 2007, dissertation “Coupled Mechanical and Hydraulic Modeling of Geosynthetic-reinforced Column-supported Embankments”
  • Anil Bhandari, August 2007 to May 2010, dissertation “Micromechanical Analysis of Geosynthetic-soil Interaction under Cyclic Loading”
  • Xiaoming Yang, August 2006 to August 2010, dissertation “Numerical Analyses of Geocell-reinforced Granular Soils under Static and Repeated Loads”
  • Sanat Pokharel, August 2006 to October 2010, dissertation “Experimental Study on Geocell-reinforced Bases under Static and Dynamic Loading”
  • Cheng  Lin,  May 2008 to May  2012,  dissertation  “Evaluation  of  Lateral  Behavior  of  Pile-supported Bridges under Scoured Conditions”
  • Jitendra K. Thakur, January 2011 to May 2013, dissertation topic “Geocell-reinforced Unpaved and Paved Roads with Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Bases: Experimental Study and Damage Model Development”
  • Deep  Khatri,  January 2012 to  May  2014,  thesis  “Laboratory  and  Field  Performance  of  Buried  Steel- Reinforced High Density Polyethylene (SRHDPE) Pipes in a Ditch Condition under a Shallow Cover”
  • Xiaohui Sun, August 2011 to May 2015, dissertation “Resilient Behavior and Permanent Deformations of Triaxial Geogrid Stabilized Bases over Weak Subgrade”
  • Ryan Corey, January 2009 to August 2015, dissertation “Protection of Underground Pipelines using Geosynthetics – An Numerical Study”
  • Fei Wang, January 2014 to May 2016, dissertation “Analyzing Field Performance of Steel-Reinforced High Density Polyethylene (SRHDPE) Pipes during Installation and Under Traffic Loading”
  • Yan Jiang, August 2013 to May 2016, dissertation “Evaluating the Performance of Hybrid Geosynthetic-Reinforced Retaining Walls”
  • Shaymaa Kadhim, August 2012 to May 2016, co-advised with Prof. Robert L. Parsons, dissertation “Stability Analysis of Geotextile Encased Sand Column”
  • Jun Guo, January 2015 to August 2017 (defended on August 24), dissertation “Evaluation and Design of Wicking Geotextile for Pavement Applications”
  • Jamal Ismail Kakrasul, August 2013 to January 2018 (defended on January 16), dissertation “Geosynthetic-Reinforced Retaining Walls with Limited Fill Space under Static Footing Loading”
  • Madan Neupane, January 2015 to May 2018 (defended on May 10), dissertation “Load Distribution of Geosynthetic Stabilized Layers over Weak Subgrade”
  • Mustapha Rahmaninezhad, August 2016 to May 2019 (defended on May 15th), with honor, dissertation “Geosynthetic-Reinforced Retaining Walls with Flexible Facing Subjected to Footing Loading”
  • Mahdi Al-Naddaf, August 2017 to June 2019 (defended on June 10th), with honor, dissertation “Investigation of Soil Arching under Different Modes of Soil Movement and Surface Loading”
  • Saif Mohammed Jawad, January 2014 to December 2019 (expected), dissertation “Evaluating Behavior of Laterally Loaded Piles within MSE Walls under Static and Cyclic Loading by Model Tests”
  • George A. Tannoury, January 2014 to December 2019 (expected), dissertation “Laboratory and Field Evaluations of Soil Cement Subgrade and Microcracking for Pavement Applications”
  • Tanya Walkenbach, August 2016 to May 2020 (expected), dissertation “Evaluation of recycled aggregate base courses stabilized by geosynthetics”
  • Luke Schuler, expected to graduate in May 2020, dissertation “Behavior of Drilled Shafts and Augered Cast Piles”
  • Hao Liu, August 2018 to August 2022 (expected)

M.S. Students

  • Yuze Zhang, August 2005 to August 2007, thesis “Investigation of Geosynthetic-soil Confinement Using Asphalt Pavement Analyzer”
  • Harihar Shiwakoti, August 2006 to December 2007, thesis “Development of A Rapid Test to Determine Moisture Sensitivity of HMA (SuperPave) Mixtures”
  • Ryan Corey, August 2006 to December 2008
  • Ashwani Gautam, August 2007 to May 2009, thesis “Tolerable Strains for HMA Overlays over Concrete Pavements”
  • Yu Qian, August 2008 to December 2009, thesis “Experimental Study on Triangular Aperture Geogrid- reinforced Bases over Weak Subgrade under Cyclic Loading”
  • Subhash Thakur, August 2008 May 2010, thesis “Laboratory Evaluation of Physical Characteristics of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in Kansas”
  • Jitendra Thakur, August 2009 to January 2011, thesis “Experimental Study of Geocell-reinforced Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Bases under Static and Cyclic Loads”
  • Bhagaban Acharya, August 2010 to December 2011, thesis “Experimental Study of Geocell-reinforced Flexible Pavements with Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Bases under Cyclic Loads”
  • Deep Khatri, August 2010 to May 2012, thesis “Experimental Evaluation of the Behavior of Steel- Reinforced High Density Polyethylene (SRHDPE) Pipes”
  • Raju Acharya, August 2011 to December 2012, thesis “Improved Load Distribution for Load Rating of Low-fill Box Structures”
  • Omar Ismael, August 2012 to May 2014, thesis “Evaluating the Behavior of Laterally Loaded Piles under a Scoured Condition by Model Tests”
  • Patrick Schaub, August 2010 to May 2014, project “Cranberry Bend River Mitigation Project”
  • Jun Guo, August 2012 to December 2014, thesis “Experimental Studies on Geocells and Mat Systems for Stabilization of Unpaved Shoulders and Temporary Roads.”
  • Mehari Weldu, August 2014 to December 2015, thesis “Pullout Resistance of MSE Wall Steel Strip Reinforcement in Uniform Aggregate”
  • Ghaith Abdulrasool, August 2014 to December 2016, thesis “Effect of Column Stiffness on Consolidation Behavior of Stone Column-Treated Clay”
  • Wessam Mohammed, January 2014 to December 2016, thesis “Factors Influencing Performance of A Laterally Loaded Pile with An MSE Wall System”
  • Mahdi Al-Naddaf, January 2014 to May 2017 (defended on March 10, 2017), thesis “Investigation of Soil Arching Stability Under Static and Cyclic Surface Loading Using Trapdoor Model Tests”
  • Hao Yuan, September 2015 to August 2017 (defended on July 25, 2017), thesis “Effectiveness of Wicking Geotextile in Mitigating Freeze-thaw Problems of Aggregate Bases with Fines”
  • Zexia Li, January 2017 to August 2018 (defended on August 31, 2018), thesis “Performance Evaluation of Virgin and Recycled Aggregate Bases Stabilized with Geotextiles”
  • Md Rejwanur Rahman, August 2019 to December 2020 (expected)

Visiting Scholars

  • Dr. Sadik Oztoprak, Istanbul University, Turkey, July 2006 to March 2007
  • Dr. Jungjo Yuu, KGI, South Korea, August 2006 to July 2007
  • Dr. Jianfeng Chen, Tongji University, China, August 2007 to February 2008
  • Dr. Fayun Liang, Tongji University, China, October 2007 to October 2008
  • Prof. Xianzhi Huang, Engineering College of Shanxi University, China, February 2009 to February 2010
  • Lei Chen, Ph.D. student, Southeast University, China, September 2007 to August 2008
  • Fei Wang, Ph.D. student, Southeast University, China, September 2007 to August 2008
  • Yong Li, Ph.D. student, Shandong University, China, October 2007 to October 2008
  • Yanli Dong, Ph.D. student, Taiyuan University of Technology, China, August 2008 to March 2010
  • Dr. Fen Li, Wuhan University of Technology, China, August 2009 to August 2010
  • Yan Jiang, Ph.D. student, Tianjin University, China, October 2009 to October 2010
  • Dr. Shanhong Liu, Chongqing Jiaotong University, China, February 2010 to February 2011
  • Dr. Gang Jiang, Nanjing University of Technology, China, March 2010 to March 2011
  • Dr. Chengzhi Xiao, Hebei University of Technology, China, August 2010 to August 2011
  • Prof. Wei Shi, Qingdao Technological University, China, September 2010 to March 2011
  • Prof. Songyu Liu, Southeast University, China, December 2010 to January 2011
  • Dr. Walid El Kamash, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June to July 2011
  • Zhen Zhang, Ph.D. student, Tongji University, China, August 2011 to September 2013
  • Dr. Jingshan Jiang, Jiangsu Transportation Research Institute, China, October 2011 to February 2013
  • Dr. Xiaoming Liu, Hunan University, China, August 2012 to August 2013
  • Dr. Zhigang Cao, Zhejiang University, China, September 2012 to September 2013
  • Weihua Li, Deputy General Manager, Heibei Research Institute of Construction & Geotechnical
  • Investigation Co., LTD, China, November 2012 to November 2013
  • Hongguang Jiang, Ph.D. student, Zhejiang University, China, December 2012 to December 2013
  • Dr. Huayang Lei, Tianjin University, China, February 2013 to February 2014
  • Prof. Wuyu Zhang, Qinghai University, China, August 2013 to February 2014
  • Dr. Chunyong Luo, Shanghai Jiaotong University, August 2013 to August 2014
  • Mustapha Rahmaninezhad, Iran University of Science and Technology, September 2013 to February 2015
  • Dr. Hongguang Zhang, Chang’An University, February 2014 to March 2015
  • Meixiang Gu, Hunan University, August 2014 to August 2016
  • Dr. Junli Gao, Shanghai University, August 2014 to August 2015
  • Dan Chang, Beijing Jiaotong University, September 2014 to September 2015
  • Dr. Hongbo Zhang, Shandong University, November 2014 to November 2015
  • Dr. Fulin Li, China University of Mining and Technology, February 2015 to February 2016
  • Gampanart Sukmak, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand, April 2015 to August 2015
  • Yanxia Ma, Qinghai University, China, August 2015 to August 2016
  • Lijun Chang, Qinghai University, China, August 2015 to August 2016
  • Dr. Haifeng Huo, Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin, China September 2015 to June 2016
  • Dr. Walid El Kamash, Suez Canal University, Egypt, October 31 2015 to January 31 2016
  • Prof. Wuyu Zhang, Qinghai University, China, January 26, 2016 to July 25, 2016
  • Panpan Sun, Tongji University, February 12, 2016 to February 2018
  • Dr. Ping Hu, Jinan University, May 2016 to May 2017
  • Prof. Xiuguang Song, Shandong University, October 2016 to July 2017
  • Dr. Rui Rui, Wuhan University of Technology, September 2017 to November 2017
  • Tingyu Wu, Zhejiang University, September 2017 to September 2018
  • Dr. Yuan Cheng, Zhengzhou University, September 2018 to September 2019
  • Fengjuan Tao, Tongji University, September 2018 to September 2020

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