Hao Wang

Hao Wang

Assistant Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office:CoRE 608

Dr. Wang’s general research is in the field of sustainable and resilient built environment. His recent research focuses on: 1) multi-scale modeling and characterization of pavement material and development of multi-functional infrastructure material; 2) vehicle-pavement-environment interaction for long-lasting pavement in highway and airfield; 3) life-cycle analysis and assessment and pavement management system. His research has been sponsored by a number of Federal, State, and Local transportation agencies. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 journal and conference publications on pavement engineering and infrastructure material research. He has served in a number of ASCE and TRB technical committees. He is the Editorial Board Member of Journal of Testing and Evaluation published by ASTM. He was the recipient of Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from FHWA and the First Prize winner in Airport Operation and Maintenance Design Challenge from FAA. His recent research work sponsored by South Dakota DOT has received AASHTO High Value Research Award in 2014.



Ph.D., Civil Engineering; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana: 2011 
M.S., Civil Engineering; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg: 2006 
M.S., Transportation Engineering; Southeast University, Nanjing, China: 2004 
B.S., Civil Engineering; Southeast University, Nanjing, China: 2001 


  • AASHTO High Value Research Award (Principal Investigator of the winning project), 2014
  • ASCE ExCEEd Fellowship, ASCE, 2012
  • Yee Memorial Fund Fellowship, College of Engineering, UIUC, 2010
  • Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 2008
  • First Prize, Airport Operation and Maintenance Design Challenge, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 2008
  • Runner-up, K. B. Woods Award for Best Paper in Design and Construction Group, Transportation Research Board of National Academies, 2008
  • Outstanding Service Award, Virginia Tech ARTBA Student Chapter, 2006
  • Kenneth E. Wilkinson Scholarship, Institute of Transportation Engineering (ITE) Virginia Section, 2005
  • PRATT Fellowship, Virginia Tech, 2004

Professional Affiliations

Young Member of TRB AFK40 Committee on Characteristics of Asphalt-Aggregate Combinations to Meet Surface Requirements, 2011 - present Member of TRB AFD90 Committee on Surface Properties - Vehicle Interaction, 2007-present American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), Associate Member American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Member Society of Pavement Engineer at Illinois, Founding Member

Research Interests

  • Vehicle-pavement-environment interaction
  • Multi-scale and multi-physics modeling
  • Sustainable infrastructure material
  • Life-cycle assessment and analysis

Selected Publications

  • Wang, H.*, M.Y. Li, and N. Garg, Airfield Flexible Pavement Responses under Heavy Aircraft and High Tire Pressure Loading, Transportation Research Record, TRB, 2015 (Accepted)
  • Wang, H.* and M.Y. Li, Evaluation of Flexible Pavement Performance Due to Variations in Aggregate Base Layer Properties, Transportation Research Record, TRB, 2015 (Accepted)
  • Wang, H.,* I.L. Al-Qadi and D. Huft, Pavement-Dependent Load Limits and A Case Study in South Dakota for Different Tire Configurations, Transportation Research Record, TRB, 2014 (In Press)
  • Wang, H.*,J. Wang, and J.Q. Chen, Micromechanical Analysis of Asphalt Mixture Fracture with Adhesive and Cohesive Failure, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, No. 132, 2014, pp 104-119
  • Wang, H.* and J. Wang, Analysis of Surface Initiated Crack Propagation in Flexible Pavements using Extended Finite Element Method and Cohesive Zone Model, International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, Vol.7, No. 3, 2014, pp. 178-184
  • Ge, Z.S., H. Wang; Y.Y. Wang; X.Q. Hu, Evaluating Fatigue Behavior of Asphalt Mixtures under Alternate Tension-Compression Loading Model using New Alternate Biaxial Splitting Method, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 54, 2014, pp. 106-112
  • Xu, T., H. Wang, Z.D. Li, Y.L. Zhao, Evaluation of Permanent Deformation of Asphalt Mixtures Using Different Laboratory Performance Tests, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 53, 2014, pp 561-567
  • Wang, H.*, and Z.L. Wang, Effectiveness of Preservation Treatments on Pavement Surface Friction, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 48, 2013, pp. 194-202
  • Wang, H.*, I.L. Al-Qadi, S. Portas, and M. Coni, Three-Dimensional Finite Element Modeling of Instrumented Airport Runway Pavement Responses, Transportation Research Record, No. 2367, TRB, 2013, pp. 76-83
  • Wang, H.*, H. Ozer, I.L. Al-Qadi, and A.C. Duarte, Analysis of Near-Surface Cracking under Critical Loading Conditions Using Uncracked and Cracked Pavement Models, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 139, No. 10, ASCE, 2013, pp. 992-1000
  • Wang, H.* and I.L. Al-Qadi, “The Importance of Nonlinear Anisotropic Modeling of Granular Base for Predicting Maximum Viscoelastic Pavement Responses under Moving Vehicular Loading,” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 1, 2013, pp. 29-38
  • Wang, H.*, I.L. Al-Qadi, and I. Stanciulescu, “Simulation of Tire-Pavement Interaction for Predicting Contact Stresses at Static and Rolling Conditions,” International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Vol. 13, No.4, 2012, pp. 310-321
  • Al-Qadi, I.L., and H. Wang*, “Impact of Wide-Base Tires on Pavements: Results from Instrumentation Measurements and Modeling Analysis,” Transportation Research Record, No. 2304, TRB, 2012, pp. 169-176 (Selected by TRB as Practice-Ready Paper)
  • Al-Qadi, I.L., H. Wang*, J. Baek, Z. Leng, M. Doyen, and S. Gillen, “Effects of Curing Time and Reheating on Performance of Warm Stone Matrix Asphalt,” Journal of Material in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 24, No. 11, 2012, pp. 1422-1428
  • Ozer, H., I.L. Al-Qadi, H. Wang, and Z. Leng, “Characterization of Interface Bonding Between Hot Mix Asphalt and Concrete Pavements,” International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Vol. 13 No. 2, 2012, pp.181-196