Mien Jao, Ph.D



Undergraduate Courses:

ENGR 2301-10           Engineering Mechanics – Statics

ENGR 2301-48           Engineering Mechanics – Statics (Web-based for distance learning)

CVEN 2372                Mechanics of Solids

CVEN 3390-01           Geotechnical Engineering

CVEN 3390-10           Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory,

CVEN 4312                Civil Engineering Systems Design Project (I)

CVEN 4313                Civil Engineering Systems Design Project (II)

CVEN 4301-15           Special Topic “Mechanics Behavior of Concrete Box Culverts under Strip Footings”

CVEN 4340-10           Foundation Engineering

CVEN 4345-10           Special Topic : “Advanced Geotechnical Analysis”


Graduate Courses:

ENGR 5301-19           Special Topic : “Finite Element Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering”

ENGR 5301-19           Special Topic : “Soil Stabilization”

ENGR 5318-18           Special Topic : “Stress Analysis and Material Systems”

ENGR 5340-02           Foundation Engineering

ENGR 5387 –13         Geotechnical Engineering Systems


Teaching Honors and 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, 2002-2003

Selected Capstone Projects/Publications with my Senior Students:

  • “Stabilization of Silty Clayey Dredged Material” accepted for publication in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE (date of acceptance : 02/21/18) with Kyle Kibodeaux, Harold E. Crochet, Remington Whitt, Joshua Farrow, and Brandon Blaire
  • “Development of an Optimized Compressed Earth Block for the Southeast Texas Area” poster presentation in the 2017 Undergraduate Research Expo, Lamar University (April 2017) _ 1st Place, with Mariam Abedelwahab, Kyle Edwards, Jonita Goodman, Julie Hammond, Molly Ross, and Brandon Watkins
  • “Optimal Proportioning, Tempering, and Testing of Adobe Brick, Compressed Stabilized Earthen Block, and Rammed Earth for Low-Cost, Sustainable Construction:  A Literature Review” poster presentation in the  Joint Spring 2016 Meeting of the Texas Sections of APS, AAPT, and Zone 13 of SPS (April 2016) with LaDonna M. Waters

Selected Publications with my D.E. Students:

  • “Stabilization of Dredged Material using Bioenzyme” submitted to the ASTM, Geotechnical Testing Journal for possible publication (1st revision, date of re-submission: 02/22/18), with Saeed Rabbanifar
  • “Stability of Footings Adjacent to Pile Walls”, International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, Vol. 15, No.2, December, 2015, with Gassan Sudani
  • “Numerical Analysis of Texas Cone Penetration Test”, International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Vol.2, No.3, pp. 1-6, March 2012, with Nutan Palla
  • “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, with Suresh Gudavalli
  • “Behavior of Eccentrically Loaded Footings on Slopes”, Journal of Geomechanics and Geoengineering, Vol. 3, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 107-111, with Faisal Ahmed

Student Evaluations: Consistently excellent evaluations and comments from students for my past 20 years of teaching at Lamar