Campus from the Hancock side of the canal









































Qingli Dai

Barbara Dai Associate Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Dow 805
Phone: +1(906)487-2620








Ph.D. Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (2000-2004)
Dissertation:Micromechanical Modeling of the Constitutive and Damage Behavior of Heterogeneous Asphalt Materials”
M.S. Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University, China (1997 –2000)
Thesis: “Boundary Element Analysis of Fracture Behavior in Transversely Isotropic Piezoelectric Materials”
B.S. Engineering Mechanics, China Institute of Metrology (China Jiliang University), Hangzhou, China (1993 – 1997)



Dr. Dai’s primary professional and scholarly contributions have dealt with material design, characterization, test and analysis for sustainable civil infrastructure applications, especially on self-healing, self-regulation, damage mechanism diagnosis and multi-physical interactions in asphalt mixtures, concrete or geopolymer. Her sustainable material-related research incorporated municipal solid waste such as scrap tire rubber or glass into concrete for improved durability and bio-processed waste Kraft lignin as adhesives or coating materials. Her structure resilience-related research has been conducted on smart actuator design, test and simulation for structural vibration reduction and power distribution structure resilience simulation under multi hazard loading conditions.
Her research has been involved with other multidisciplinary areas: multiphysics, computational simulation, molecular dynamic simulation, image-based computation, advanced material characterization methods, nondestructive testing, damage detection and mechanism,  smart polymer chemistry, alternative and sustainable infrastructure materials, active-material based actuator design, aerodynamic and aeroelastic simulation, and structural resilience for cross-laminate timber building, energy storage and power distribution system.
She has taught class including Statics, Structure Analysis, Matrix Structural Analysis, Finite Element Analysis and Advanced Concrete Materials.
Dr. Dai has been a Principle Investigator of research projects funded by National Science Foundation and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Other sponsors of her research program include State Department of Transportation and Michigan Space Grant Consortium. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers including 81 referred journal articles in ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Elsevier Mechanics of Materials, Elsevier Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier Materials and Structures, Elsevier Journal of Clean Production, Elsevier Journal of Materials Characterization, Elsevier Journal: Composites Part B: Engineering, Elsevier Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, MDPI Applied Science, IOPscience Materials Research Express, Springer Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, Smart Structures and Systems, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Fuels, International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Journal of Transportation Research Board, Journal of Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, and Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. She has given 23 seminars to different universities. She has also presented 49 papers in international and national conferences including Transportation Research Board Meeting and ASCE conferences.

Research Interests

Material Related Research

  • Computational analysis for material research: multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, multiphysical modeling, fracture simulation and molecular dynamics
  • Advanced material characterization: micro or nano x-ray CT, SEM, (U)SANS, SAXS, PDF
  • Self-healing asphalt mixtures, self-regulation concrete with pH sensitive hydrogels
  • Internal curing concrete, early-age properties and concrete durability
  • Nlternative and sustainable infrastructure materials with recycled produces including scrap tire rubber and glass, and bio-waste materials such as lignin
  • Nondestructive testing methods and damage detection and mechanisms

Structure Related Research

  • Active material-based actuator design, wind-structure interaction, dynamic blade vibration reduction
  • Structure resilience on energy storage and power distribution system
  • Mechanics analysis and Performance-based design of CLT shear wall subjected to structural loads