On July 28, 2020, the Geo-Institute Board of Governors has nominated Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, to join the G-I Board for a term beginning in October 2020.
Dr. Jie Han is the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. He received his BS and MS degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from Tongji University in 1986 and 1989, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997. His research has focused on geosynthetics, ground improvement, pile foundations, buried structures, and roadways.
Prof. Han is the author of the book “Principles and Practice of Ground Improvement.” He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. Prof. Han is the past president of the International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals, the current chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute Soil Improvement Committee, and a council member of the International Geosynthetics Society. He serves as an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, and as an editorial board member for ten other international journals. He was the technical co-chair for the ASCE/IFAI GeoFrontiers Conference held in Dallas, Texas in 2011.
Dr. Han has been invited to give more than 200 keynote/invited lectures and short courses around the world, including the State of the Practice Lecture at the 21st Annual George F. Sowers Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia in 2018 and the 18th UK IGS Lecture in London in 2018. He has received numerous awards from the profession, including but not limited to, two US Transportation Research Board Best Paper Awards in 2008 and 2017, the 2011 Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice of Geotechnical Engineering, the 2014 International Geosynthetics Society Award, the 2014 Associate Editor of the Year Award from the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, the 2017 ASCE Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award, and the 2018 ASCE Kansas City Section Engineer of the Year Award. Dr. Han was elected an ASCE Fellow in 2014.
Petition Candidacy for the Board of Governors
At this time, any G-I member wishing to serve or nominate another member has 45 days to declare a petition candidate.
To add candidates to the ballot via petition, signatures expressing support for a candidate must be obtained from a minimum of 150 GI members in good standing with the following distribution requirements:
At least fifteen signatures shall be obtained from each of at least five different ASCE Geographic Regions for a total of 75 signatures from five of the ten ASCE Geographic Regions (i.e., 15 signatures/region x 5 regions = 75 signatures).
The balance of the remaining signatures necessary to reach the minimum requirement of 150 may be obtained without consideration of ASCE Geographic Region distribution. The Geo-Institute Member Identification number shall be provided for each signee. G-I staff shall check the validity of all petitions. Once verified, the candidate(s) shall be added to the ballot. No petitions will be accepted after the specified deadline has passed.
For more information on the Board’s nomination process and how to nominate a petition candidate, see the Geo-Institute Policies and Procedures document at https://geoinstitute.org/about-us/mission-vision-strategic-plan