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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Xianming Shi

Xianming Shi

Associate Professor

Laboratory of Advanced & Sustainable Cementitious Materials (ASCM)


Laboratory of Corrosion Science & Electrochemical Engineering (CSEE)


Sloan 35


(509) 335-7088


(509) 335-7632

Smart & Green Infrastructure


  • Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry, 1999 – Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • M.S., Industrial & Management Engineering, 2002 – Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • M.S., Applied Chemistry, 1996 – Tianjin University, Tianjin, China
  • B.S., Corrosion & Protection, 1993 – Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China


  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Montana, License No. 16066, 2007-present

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU-Pullman, 2014-present
  • Associate Director, USDOT Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC), 2013 – 2014; Assistant Director, 2014 – Present
  • Founding Director, Corrosion & Sustainable Infrastructure Lab, MSU-Bozeman, 2004-2014
  • Program Manager, Winter Maintenance & Effects, Western Transportation Institute, 2005–2014
  • Research Professor, Civil Engineering, Montana State University (MSU), 2012–2014
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, MSU-Bozeman, 2009-2010
  • Associate Research Professor, Civil Engineering, Montana State University, 2007–2012
  • Research Scientist/Associate/Aide, Western Transportation Institute, 2002-2005
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, MSU-Bozeman, Spring 2002
  • Graduate Research Assistant, NSF Center for Biofilm Engineering, MSU-Bozeman, 1999-2001
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1996-1999
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Materials Science & Engineering, Tianjin University, 1993-1996


  • Certificate of Scholarly Achievement, The Friends of Montana State University Library, 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions as Reviewer of the CORROSION 2013 Symposium, NACE International, March 2013, Orlando, FL.
  • Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2012 & 2013.
  • Best Paper, ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering 2011-2012
  • Winner for ITS America 2007 Award for Best “Return on Investment”.
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, Montana State University, 2005
  • Outstanding Student, Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology, 1992-1993

Research Interests

  • Durable, sustainable, and smart pavements and structures
  • Nanotechnology and green chemistry for coatings, hydraulic cement concretes, asphalt concretes, building materials, and geo-materials
  • Corrosion protection and intelligent infrastructure technologies
  • Sustainable materials and practices for transportation maintenance & operations
  • Value-added utilization of industrial or agro-based byproducts for green infrastructure

Technical Interests

  • Durable & Sustainable Pavements and Bridges
  • Concrete durability
  • Transportation Asset Management
  • Sustainable Winter Road Operations
  • Nanotechnology for Civil Engineers
  • Corrosion of Metals


  • Concrete Durability (CE 501)
  • Durable & Sustainable Pavements and Bridges (CE 498)


  • Dang, Y., Shi, X.*, Xie, N., McVey, E., Kessel, A. Accelerated Laboratory Test Suggests the Importance of Film Integrity of Sealers for the Protection of Concrete from Deicer Scaling. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2016, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001579.
  • Xie, N., Shi, X.*, Dang, Y., Pace, A. Upcycling of Waste Materials: Green Binder Prepared with Pure Fly Ash. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2015, in press. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001414.
  • Dang, Y., Shi, X.*, Mery, S., Xie, N., Benson, A., Yang, Z. Influence of Surface Sealers on the Properties of Internally Cured Cement Mortars Containing Saturated Fine Lightweight Aggregate. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2015, 27(12), in press. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001306.
  • Wang, X., Chen, J., Kong, Y., Shi, X.* Sequestration of Phosphorus from Wastewater by Cement-Based or Alternative Cementitious Materials. Water Research, 2014, 62(1), 88-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.05.021.
  • Shi, X.*, Jungwirth, S., Akin, M., Wright, R., Fay, L., Veneziano, D., Zhang, Y., Gong, J., Ye, Z. (2014). “Evaluating snow and ice control chemicals for environmentally sustainable highway maintenance operations,” ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, 2014, 140(11), in press. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000709.
  • Dang, Y., Xie, N., Kessel, A., McVey, E., Pace, A., Shi, X.* (2014). “Accelerated laboratory evaluation of surface treatments for protecting concrete bridge decks from salt scaling,” Construction and Building Materials, 55, 128-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2014.01.014.
  • Shi, X.*, Veneziano, D., Xie, N., Gong, J. (2013). “Use of chloride-based ice control products for sustainable winter maintenance: A balanced perspective,” Cold Regions Science and Technology, 86, 104-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2012.11.001.
  • • Shi, X.*, Goh, S.W., Akin, M., Stevens, S., You, Z. (2012). “Exploring the interactions of chloride deicer solutions with nanomodified and micro-modified asphalt mixtures using artificial neural networks,” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 24(7), 805–815. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0000452.
  • Xie, N., Shi, X., Feng, D., Kuang, B., Li, H. (2012). “Percolation backbone structure analysis in electrically conductive carbon fiber reinforced cement composites,” Composites Part B: Engineering, 43, 3270-3275. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.02.032.
  • Liu, Y., Shi, X.* (2012). “Stochastic modeling of service life of concrete structures in chloride-laden environments,” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 24(4), 381-390. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0000399.
  • Yang, Z., Hollar, J., He, X., Shi, X.* (2011). “A self-healing cementitious composite Using oil core/silica gel shell microcapsules,” Cement and Concrete Composites 33, 506-512. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2011.01.010.
  • Shi, X.*, Fay, L., Peterson, M.M., Berry, M., Mooney, M. (2011). “A FESEM/EDX investigation into how continuous deicer exposure affects the chemistry of Portland cement concrete,” Construction and Building Materials, 25(2), 957-966. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2010.06.086.
  • Yu, H., Shi, X., Hartt, W. H., Lu, B. (2010). “Laboratory investigation of reinforcement corrosion initiation and chloride threshold concentration for self-compacting concrete,” Cement and Concrete Research, 40(10), 1507-1516. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2010.06.004.
  • Shi, X.*, Fay, L., Peterson, M.M., Yang, Z. (2010). “Freeze-thaw damage and chemical change of a Portland cement concrete In the presence of diluted deicers,” Materials and Structures, 43(7): 933-946. DOI: 10.1617/s11527-009-9557-0.
  • Shi, X.*, Nguyen, T.A., Suo, Z., Liu, Y., Avci, R. (2009). “Effect of nanoparticles on the anticorrosion and mechanical properties of epoxy coating,” Surface and Coatings Technology, 204(3), 237-245. DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2009.06.048.
  • Nguyen, T.A., Lu, Y., Yang, X., Shi, X.* (2007). “Carbon and steel surfaces modified by Leptothrix discophora SP-6: Characterization and implications,” Environmental Science & Technology, 41(23), 7987-7996. DOI: 10.1021/es071178p.