The Center for Intelligent Infrastructure is looking for a year-round Robotics Student Intern

•  Are you passionate about looking for a fully paid year around opportunity to change the world and smart city infrastructure with robotics and AI?
•  Join us if you have any experiences and or interests in:
         Flying UAV and driving robots around campus;
         3D design (SolidWorks, Inventor, AutoCAD) and printing
         Arduino, Raspberry Pi circuit for motor control;
         Programming (Python, C/C++, Matlab );
         Robotics and Robot Operating System.
•  Email INSPIRE University Transportation Center via Lisa Winstead ( and Dr . Genda Chen ( by March 15.

February 2021

Liu to Present Keynote Speech

Dr. Jenny Liu, professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering, will present a keynote speech for Aerix Industries at 1 p.m. CST on Friday, Feb. 17. Her talk is titled “The Use of Low-Density Cellular Concrete for Air Convection Embankment to Protect Permafrost Foundations in Cold Regions.” To watch the talk, register on Aerix Industries’ website.

Dr. Shamsi Receives Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Pourya Shamsi received the outstanding teaching award from the Missouri S&T campus for 2019-2020. Dr. Shamsi received his B.Sc. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 2007, and his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas, TX, in 2012.


Zhang to Serve as ASCE Committee Chair

Dr. Xiong Zhang, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, was nominated to serve as chair of the Geo-Institute Shallow Foundation Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Additionally, Zhang was invited to serve as associate editor of the association’s Journal of Cold Regions Engineering.


Hu Honored as Outstanding Editor

Dr. Xianbiao Hu, assistant professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering, received the Outstanding Associate Editor Award from the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. Hu was appointed to be an at-large member of the Transportation Research Board Committee Research Coordinator Leadership Council during the 100th annual meeting in January.


January 2021

Drs. Liu,Zhang, and Hu Present Research on Transportation

Dr. Xiong Faculty and students in S&T's civil, architectural and environmental engineering department, presented their research at the Transportation Research Board's 100th annual meeting, which was held virtually in January. Research topics included innovative sustainable materials, advanced testing techniques for geo-material characterization, and intelligent transportation engineering. Participating faculty included Dr. Jenny Liu, professor; Dr. Xiong Zhang, professor; and Dr. Xianbiao Hu, assistant professor.


Liu and Zhang's Students Win IACIP Award

Anyou Zhu and Hanli Wu, both Ph.D. students in civil, architectural and environmental engineering, won second place and third place, respectively, during the association’s student poster contest at the 11th annual IACIP workshop held online in January. Zhu’s advisor is Dr. Jenny Liu, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering. Wu’s advisors are Liu and Dr. Xiong Zhang, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering. Jun Liu won the first place IACIP Outstanding Graduate Student Award for his outstanding academic performance. His advisor is Dr. Jenny Liu.


Dr. ElGawady Aids in Investigation of Improved Bridge Repair After Collisions

Vehicle collisions with bridge supports or girders are the second leading cause of bridge collapse in the United States, with an average of three such collisions per day, according to researchers at Missouri S&T who are studying ways to improve bridge repair and cut costs for cities and states. The research will address the lack of design tools that indicate how much load-bearing strength remains after impact, ElGawady says, adding that once repairs made, there is not much current research on the load-bearing capacity of the repairs. The Missouri S&T research project could reduce those types of repair costs for municipal and state governments and enhance bridge safety by finding more efficient repair methods.