Dr. Zhanmin Zhang is Associate Professor in transportation engineering and Fellow of the Clyde E. Lee Endowed Professorship in Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been actively conducting research in the engineering and management of infrastructure systems and the applications of advanced information systems to infrastructure management for more than 20 years in the United States and abroad.  His current research interests include: analysis and simulation of large-scale infrastructure systems with focus on transportation infrastructure, robust maintenance policies, optimal resource allocations, and innovative financing mechanisms for infrastructure systems, application of advanced information technologies for infrastructure systems, and intelligent infrastructure systems. 

Dr. Zhang earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Chang’an University in 1983 and then joined the faculty of The University.  After being a faculty member for 7 years at Chang’an University, he returned to graduate school to earn a Master’s degree and Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and 1996 respectively.  He joined the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin as a Research Associate upon receiving his doctoral degree.  Following four years of research work at CTR, he joined the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in September 2000.

As a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Zhang has conducted more than 40 major research projects sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the U.S. Department of Transportation through The University Transportation Center (UTC) in the last 5 years.   The research projects cover a wide range of issues in the engineering and management of transportation infrastructure, such as the modeling of infrastructure behavior and performance, the funding needs analysis for infrastructure preservation, and the application of advanced information systems for transportation infrastructure management.

Dr. Zhang serves as the vice-chair of the Infrastructure Systems Committee, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE).  Dr. Zhang is also an executive member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Southwest University Transportation Center (SWUTC).  He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Panel for the Research Management Committee 1 (RMC-1) of the Texas Department of Transportation.  Dr. Zhang is a member of the Pavement Management Systems committee (ADF10) of the U.S. National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board (TRB).  In addition, Dr. Zhang was also named to the National Research Council’s Committee on “Renewal of DOE Infrastructure” which serves the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in developing and implementing a corporate strategy for intelligent renewal of its infrastructure.  Dr. Zhang was selected to receive the Best Paper Award at the 8th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets 2011 (ICMPA 2011).  More recently, Dr. Zhang was selected to receive a prestigious national award, the 2012 ASCE James Laurie Prize.

Dr. Zhang is an author or co-author of more than 150 technical papers, reports, and articles and has delivered more than 100 oral presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Zhang also serves on the Editorial Board of two prestigious journals: Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies and ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems.