Mien Jao, Ph.D

About Me

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Dr. Mien Jao, P.E.
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.O. Box 10024
Lamar University

Tel: (409) 880-2356
Fax: (409) 880-8121
Email: mien.jao@lamar.edu

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, 1998 – Present
  • Project Engineer/Geotechnical Engineer, GTS Technologies, Inc. Harrisburg, PA / Fairfax, VA, 1995 – 1998
  • Graduate Assistant/Lab Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1990 – 1994
  • Project Engineer, South Link Railway Engineering Project Office, Department of Transportation, Pingtung, Taiwan 1987-1988
  • Civil Engineer, Giasan Engineering Project Office, Hualian, Taiwan, 1985 - 1987

Areas of Expertise

  • Foundation design and analysis
  • Numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering
  • Soil testing/evaluation/improvement
  • Slope stability analysis

Education

  • Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1995
  • M.Eng. in Geotechnical/Structural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1991
  • B.S. in Civil and Hydraulic Engineering, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, 1985

Experience

  • Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, 1998 – Present
  • Project Engineer/Geotechnical Engineer, GTS Technologies, Inc. Harrisburg, PA / Fairfax, VA, 1995 – 1998
  • Graduate Assistant/Lab Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1990 – 1994
  • Project Engineer, South Link Railway Engineering Project Office, Department of Transportation, Pingtung, Taiwan 1987-1988
  • Civil Engineer, Giasan Engineering Project Office, Hualian, Taiwan, 1985 - 1987

Teaching Awards

  • Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society, James M. Robbins Excellence-in-Teaching National Award , 2003
  • Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society, James M. Robbins Excellence-in-Teaching Award for the Southwest District, 2003
  • University Merit Award, Lamar University, 2003

Selected PUblications with Students*:

  • Thuy Minh Nguyen, Saeed Rabbanifar*, Nicholas A. Brake, Qin Qian, Kyle Kibodeaux*, Harold E*. Crochet, Soheil Oruji, Remington Whitt*, Jashua Farrow*, Brandon Blaire*, Paul Bernazzani, and Mien Jao “Stabilization of Silty Clayey Dredged Material” accepted for publication in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE (date of acceptance : 02/21/18)
  • Jao, F. Ahmed*, G. Sudani*, S. Gudavally*, T.T.M. Nguyen, and M. C. Wang, “Interaction between Strip Footings and Sheetpile Walls”, Electronical Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Bundle 6, 2017
    http://www.ejge.com/2017/Ppr2017.0160ma.pdf
  • Gassan Sudani*, Nicholas Brake, and Mien Jao, “Stability of Footings Adjacent to Pile Walls”, International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, Vol. 15, No.2, December, 2015
  • Nutan Palla*, Suresh Gudavalli*, Liang Chao, Jao,and M.C. Wang, “Numerical Analysis of Texas Cone Penetration Test”, International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Vol.2, No.3, pp. 1-6, March 2012
  • Jao, F. Ahmed*, G. Muninarayana*, M. C. Wang, “Behavior of Eccentrically Loaded Footings on Slopes”, Journal of Geomechanics and Geoengineering, Vol. 3, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 107-111.
  • Gudavalli*, N. Palla*, C. Vipulanadan, A. J. Puppala, M. Jao, X. Fang, S. Yin, and M.C. Wang, “Development of Correlation between TCP Blow Count and Undrained Shear Strength of Low Plasticity Clay”, Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization, April 2008 Taylor & Francis Group, London, pp. 1401-1404.
  • Jao, M. C. Wang, H. C. Chou*, and C. J. Lin, “Behavior of Interacting Parallel Strip Footings” Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 7, 2002.

Selected Funded Research Projects:

  • Co-PI : “Wake Wash in Sabine-Neches Waterway”, Phase _II, Sabine-Neches Waterway Navigation District10/01/2017-9/30/2018, $99,742, PI: V. Zaloom
  • Co-PI: “Evaluation and Remediation of Water Contaminants Originating from Dredge Waste“, CAWAQ Grant Program, Lamar University, 03/01/2016 – 05/30/2017, $25,000, PI: Dr. T. Thuy Minh Nguyen
  • Co-PI: “Wake Wash in Sabine-Neches Waterway”, Sabine-Neches Waterway Navigation District, 11/01/2015-06/30/2017, $99,742, PI: V. Zaloom
  • PI: “Effect of Biomaterials on the Behavior of Expansive Soils”, funded by Lamar Research Enhancement Grant, 09/1/12-08/31/13, $5,000.
  • Co-PI: “Evaluation of Superheavy Load Criteria for Bridges”, Texas Department of Transportation, 09/01/09-08/31/11, $181,189/$110,395, PI: Dr. Mark Bourland
  • Co-PI: “Pavement Repair Strategies for 2R and Routine Maintenance Project”, Texas Department of Transportation, 09/01/09-08/31/10, $135,000/$30,000, with Dr. Mark Bourland
  • PI: “Correlation of Texas Cone Penetrometer Test Values and Shear Strength of Texas Soils ”, Texas Department of Transportation, 09/01/04-08/30/06, $25,000/$175,000
  • PI: “Jefferson County Highway 87 Shore Protection - Clay Sediment Characterization”, funded by Jefferson County, Texas/ Pacific International Engineering, 02/15/03-08/15/03, Dr. V. Zaloom (PD), $10,000
  • Co-PI: “Design of Confined Placement Areas for Sabine-Neches Waterway Dredged Spoils ” funded by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $53,631, Dr. V. Zaloom (PD), 9/1/02-8/31/03
  • PI: “Sabine-Neches Waterway Feasibility Study – Pipeline/Facilities Relocation and Removals” funded by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $38,771, Dr. V. Zaloom (PD), 9/1/01-8/31/02

Professional Activities and Affiliations:

  • Faculty Advisor for Engineers without Borders (Fall 2015 to present)
  • Faculty Advisor for Chi-Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society ( Fall 1999 to Fall 2011)
  • Graduate Advisor for students majoring in civil engineering (2003-present)
  • Lamar’s Representative on the TSPE Executive Committee of the professional Engineers in Education (PEE) Practice of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), (2010-2012).
  • Committee member of the Technical Advisory Panel in the area of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering for the Research Management Committee 5 (RMC-5) of the Texas Department of Transportation (1999 to present)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.