Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

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Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, August 2010 – present; Associate Professor, August 2004 – August 2010

Research Topics

  • Behavior of geosynthetic-reinforced soil-integrated bridge systems
  • Internal reinforcement for bridge abutments
  • Rehabilitation of corroded steel pipes in soil
  • Reduction of soil moisture by wicking geotextile
  • Composite behavior of geosynthetic-reinforced soil systems
  • Reduction of soil moisture by wicking fabric
  • Calibration of Mechanistic-empirical Design Guide
  • Load rating of bridge culverts
  • Behavior of steel-reinforced HDPE plastic pipes
  • Capacity of bridge pile foundations under scour conditions
  • Behavior of geocell-reinforced bases
  • Laterally loaded drilled shafts in MSE walls
  • Properties of recycled asphalt pavements
  • Micromechanical analyses of geotechnical problems
  • LRFD analysis for drilled shafts based on O-cell tests
  • Reinforcement-drainage geosynthetics in embankment/wall construction with marginal backfill
  • Geosynthetic-reinforced pile-supported embankments
  • Numerical and limit equilibrium methods for reinforced earth structures
  • Tolerable strains of asphalt overlays
  • Moisture sensitivity of HMA (Superpave) mixtures
  • Geomechanical model for recovery of coalbed methane

Affiliated Faculty, Center for Global and International Studies, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, August 2009 - present

Courtesy Faculty, Environmental Studies, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, August 2005 - present

Professor, Center for East Asian Studies, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, August 2010 – present; Associate Professor, October 2004 – August 2010

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, WIDENER UNIVERSITY, August 2001 – August 2004 (promoted to Associate Professor)

Research Topics

  • Geosynthetic-reinforced pile-supported embankments
  • Analysis and design of multi-tier mechanically stabilized earth wall systems
  • Geosynthetically reinforced embankments on deep mixed columns
  • Design of geosynthetic reinforced earth walls in limited space
  • Tensile stiffness effects on performance geosynthetic-reinforced slopes
  • Consolidation characteristics of soil-cement column foundations
  • Load transfer mechanisms in underpinned foundations using micropiles
  • Design of geosynthetic-reinforced unpaved roads
  • Influence of curing conditions on soil-cement strength
  • Permeability of floor concrete
  • Development of a geotechnical testing box

Visiting Associate Professor, Lowland Institute, SAGA UNIVERSITY, JAPAN, August 2002 – September 2002

Research Topics

  • Embankments over deep mixed columns
  • Influence of deep mixing on properties of surrounding soil

Design Engineer, Senior Engineer, Manager of Research & Technology Development, TENSAR EARTH TECHNOLOGIES, INC., April 1997 – August 2001


  • Management of research and technology development projects
  • Development of design methodologies and software for geosynthetics related applications: reinforced foundations, geosynthetic reinforced/piled embankments, subgrade improvement and base reinforcement, surficial slope stability, and service state design methods of MSE walls
  • Principal contact to governmental agencies (NSF, FHWA, State DOTs, etc.), professional organizations (ASCE, NCMA, NAGS, etc.), and university professors for research collaborations and technical support
  • Technical support or training for design engineers, salespersons, and clients
  • Technical presentations to graduate and undergraduate students at universities, engineers at governmental agencies including State DOTs, and consulting firms

Research Assistant, GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, September 1993 - March 1997

Research Topics

  • A study of fiber reinforced polymeric piles and pile-sand interactions (NSF CMS 9457549)
  • The influence of geomembrane surface roughness on interface strength
  • Optimum design of Stone Matrix Asphalt Mixes (GDOT Research project No. 9217)
  • Membrane penetration in triaxial tests

Lecturer, TONGJI UNIVERSITY, P. R. OF CHINA, March 1989 - September 1993

Research Topics

  • Soil-structure interactions of underpinned foundations using micropiles
  • Selection of soil improvement techniques in Shanghai
  • Experimental and theoretical studies of composite grounds
  • Soil improvement for soft clays using stone columns and deep soil mixing columns
  • Quality control in the construction using the dynamic compaction method
  • A feasibility study of subgrade improvement for an airfield
  • Controlling of displacements induced by pile driving in the construction of a 38-story building
  • The Shanghai soil improvement design and construction code
  • Prevention grouting for protecting existing buildings during the excavation and sheetpiles pulled out
  • Properties of cement-treated soils


Licensed P.E. in Civil Engineering in Georgia since 1998 (License No. 024539)

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