Dr. Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the new president of the Geo-Institute (G-I) Board of Governors for 2023-24. He took office at the October 2023 board meeting.
Han is a Roy A. Roberts University Distinguished Professor in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 and then worked as a design engineer, senior engineer to manager of technology development at Tensar Earth Technologies, Inc. from 1997 to 2001.
Han joined in Widener University as a faculty member in civil engineering from 2001 to 2004. His research has focused on geosynthetics, ground improvement, pile foundations, buried structures, and roadway design. He has published more than 450 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.
Han is the treasurer of the International Geosynthetics Society and the chair of the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Transportation Earthworks Committee. He serves as the chief editor of the Geotechnical Engineering Section of the Frontiers in Built Environment journal, an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering and Geotextiles and Geomembranes, and an editorial board member for more than 10 other international journals.
Han has been invited to give more than 200 keynote/invited lectures and short courses around the world, including the 18th UK IGS Lecture in London in 2018. He has received numerous awards from the profession including but not limited to the 2011 Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice of Geotechnical Engineering, the 2014 International Geosynthetics Society Award, the 2017 ASCE Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award, and the 2021-2023 GMA Robert M Koerner Award. He was elected to the ASCE Fellow in 2014. Learn more about the Geo-Institute here.