C+S January 2020 Vol. 6 Issue 1 (web)

Rising stars in structural engineering

Jian Li Chair’s Council Assistant Professor University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas

Li is a Chair’s Council Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) at the University of Kansas and has been selected for promotion to Associate Profes- sor. His research focuses on both theoretical and experimental developments of advanced sensing and health monitoring techniques to improve the resiliency and sustainability of civil infrastructure under op- erational and extreme loading conditions. His specific research interests include vibration-based damage detection, uncertainty quantification, innovative sensing techniques and wireless smart sensor networks, computer vision, fatigue and fracture, earthquake risk assessment and mitigation. Accomplishments: • Since 2013, has served as principle investigator of research projects with a total funding of $1.52 million, of which he is responsible for $1.06 million as PI. • Has made significant contributions to advanced structural inspection by creating innovative algorithms for detecting various structural defects such as fatigue cracks and bolt loosening using computer vision. This work has so far led to three provisional patents and one international patent application. • Has published 38 journal papers and 37 conference papers, and has delivered 13 invited seminars and 25 conference/workshop presentations. Public/Professional Service: As the secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-China Earthquake Foundation, Li has been actively involved in promoting cooperation between the U.S. and China in earthquake engineering. The foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2002 in Pasa-dena, California. Education: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne | MS, Civil Engineer- ing, Harbin Institute of Technology | BS, Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology Lujan joined CTL | Thompson in 2006 while still a student at the Colorado School of Mines and is now a project engineer and manager in its Denver office. He performs preliminary and design-level geologic and geotechnical investigations and consultations, as well as post-construction geo- technical engineering consultations. During his tenure, he has authored more than 1,000 engineering reports for a variety of structures and has been the engineer of record on nearly 30 significant CTL projects, designing structural engineering solutions that have improved geotechnical project design and management practices. Accomplishments: • Successfully co-managed the effort, that included a team of geotechnical and environmental engineers, to transform a city block into the foundation for 1144 15th, a 42-story, 603-foot-high office tower in Denver. • Helped design a passive dewatering system for a new development at the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball stadium that saves the team $200,000 per year throughout the life of the building. • Denver-area projects include: Denver World Trade Center; Globeville Landing Park/40th Street Outfall; Latino Cultural Arts Center; Metro State Sports Complex; Colorado School of Mines Elm Hall; and CU Systems Biotechnology Building. Public/Professional Service: Lujan is actively involved in causes supporting Hispanics and Hispanic- owned businesses. He is a member of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and works alongside the Latin-American Educational Foundation and the Denver Hispanic Coalition. He is the geotechnical Benny Lujan Project Manager CTL | Thompson Denver, Colorado

engineer for the new six-story Denver Latino Cultural Arts Center. Education: BS, Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines


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