CTS Scholar Jia-Liang Le, an assistant professor in the U of M’s Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering (CEGE), was named Young Engineer of the Year for 2015 by the American Society of Civil Engineers-Minnesota.
The award honors the contributions of young members in the Minnesota section of ASCE. Le is an active member of ASCE and of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and he is involved with many technical committees and conferences.
Le teaches CEGE structures courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and he performs research on fracture and failure behaviors of engineering structures.
In one of his recent projects, Le led a team that developed an innovative asphalt mixture containing a powder made of graphene nano-platelets (GNP). Including GNP doubles the asphalt’s strength at cold temperatures and improves its strain tolerance and creep stiffness, helping to prevent low-temperature cracking. Le and his team were granted a patent for the mixture last year.
More information about Le and the award is available on the CEGE website.