Technical Interests

  • Thermomechanics and constitutive modeling
  • Bifurcations and instabilities in geomechanics
  • Microstructure characterization and simulation of geomaterials
  • Pore-scale modeling of fluid flow
  • Micropiles
  • Fundamentals of soil behavior: critical state soil mechanics, micromechanics of soils, and physico-chemical behavior of clays

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 1991 – Purdue University, Indiana
  • M.S.C.E., Geotechnical Engineering, 1987 – Purdue University, Indiana
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, First Class Honors, 1984 – University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Professional Experience

  • 2004 – present, Professor, Civil Engineering, Washington State University
  • 2005, Visiting Professor, Engineering Science Department, University of Auckland
  • 1997 – 2004, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Washington State University
  • 1998 – 1999, Visiting Professor, Engineering Department, Cambridge University
  • 1991 – 1997, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Washington State University
  • 1992, Visiting Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Awards

  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Leon Luck Most Effective Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University (2003, 2008)
  • Crampton Prize, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK (2004)
  • Outstanding Research Faculty, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University (2002)
  • International Research Fellowship, US National Science Foundation (1998)
  • Overseas Fellowship, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK (1998)
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty, Voiland College of Engineering, Washington State University (1997)
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University (1997)

Publications

  • Li, X., H. Wen, B. Muhunthan and J. Wang. 2015. Modeling and prediction of the effects of moisture on the unconfined compressive and tensile strength of soils. ┬áJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 141(7).