Qingli Dai

Qingli Dai


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  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • PhD, Applied Mechanics, University of Rhode Island
  • MS, Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University, China
  • BS, Engineering Mechanics, China Institute of Metrology


Dr. Dai’s material-related research has mainly dealt with material design, characterization, test and analysis for sustainable civil infrastructure applications, especially on self-healing abilities, damage mechanism diagnosis and multi-physical interactions in asphalt mixtures or concrete.  Her material research integrates design, processing and characterization, computational analysis, experimental testing and sensor techniques to investigate asphalt mixtures, concrete, geopolymer and fiber-reinforced polymer composites. Her material research has been involved with other multidisciplinary areas: micromechanics, finite element method, discrete element method, fracture mechanics, molecular dynamic simulation, image-based computation, characterization and sensing for damage mechanism, self-healing materials, alternative and recycled infrastructure materials.

Dr. Dai’s structure-related research has conducted 1) active material-based actuator design, wind-structure interaction, aerodynamic-aeroelastic simulation, dynamic blade vibration reduction, 2) structure resilience on energy storage and power distribution system, and 3) mechanical analysis of CLT panels and performance-based design of CLT structure components subjected to structural loads. She has taught classes including Structure analysis, Matrix structural analysis, Finite element analysis, Advanced concrete materials and Advanced mechanics of materials.

Dr. Dai has been one of the principle investigators of research projects funded by National Science Foundation, State Department of Transportation and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). She has authored and co-authored more than 120 peer reviewed papers including 98 journal articles in prestigious national and international Journals such as  ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Structure Engineering, ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Elsevier Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier Journal of Mechanics of Materials, Elsevier Journal of Construction & Building Materials, Elsevier Journal of Cement and Concrete Research, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Fuels, International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Journal of Transportation Research Board, ACI Journal of Materials, Journal of Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, and Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. She is an Associate Editor for ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. She is a member of ASCE granular material committee, bitumen committee, pavement Mechanics committee, and geophysics Committee. She is also a member of ACI technical committee 555, 241 and 236.

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Teaching Interests

  • Matrix structural analysis, Finite element analysis, Civil engineering materials and Computational transportation materials

Research Interests

  • Computational analysis for material research: multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, multiphysical modeling, fracture simulation and molecular dynamics
  • Self-healing and accelerated healing of asphalt mixtures, micromechanical modeling
  • Internal curing concrete, early-age properties and concrete durability
  • Self-healing construction materials, alternative and sustainable infrastructure materials
  • Active-material actuator design, wind-structure interaction, vibration reduction
  • Acoustic and ultrasonic measurement, advanced X-ray and neutron scattering characterization.