Scholar of the Month
Scholar of the Month
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Rui Liu is an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. His research primarily focuses on resilient infrastructure, especially in the areas of innovative construction materials, intelligent design, inspection, rating, maintenance and repair of infrastructure for sustainable development.
Since he joined Kent State in August 2013, Liu has received four seed grants as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI to develop a research program in infrastructure resilience at the university.
During the past year, Liu has four publications in peer-reviewed journals, and he presented in three international conferences. Liu also reviews for multiple journals and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Materials Science Research.
Liu was recently appointed to the board of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Research Initiative for Locals (ORIL) program, a new initiative to provide research support for local agencies to address problems specific to the local roadway system.
Liu received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver and his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeast Forestry University in China. He also is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.
About Kent State’s Scholar of the Month
Kent State’s Scholar of the Month recognizes faculty researchers and scholars whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure to the university. Each month, a different college will have the opportunity to nominate a researcher/scholar for this recognition. There is also a month when a faculty member from the Regional Campuses will be featured.
The selection process is in the hands of the dean and his or her colleagues and faculty. Hence, this is recognition by the person’s college colleagues that is then taken up by the university. The deans communicate the person’s name to the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs for recognition as Scholar of the Month.