Dr. Jie Han is a full professor at Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas in the United States. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 and has been a professional engineer in Georgia since 1998. Prior to joining the University of Kansas in August 2004, Dr. Han was an assistant professor at Department of Civil Engineering at Widener University from 2001 to 2004 and a design engineer, senior engineer, and then manager of technology development at Tensar Earth Technologies, Inc. from 1997 to 2001. Prof. Han’s research and practical experiences have dealt with geosynthetics-reinforced earth structures, ground improvement, pile foundations, and pavement applications. Prof. Han has coauthored three technical books, edited or co-edited four ASCE Geotechnical Special Publications, and published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference papers. Dr. Han has given a number of keynote or invited lectures in Australia, China, Colombia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the USA. He was one of sixteen invited Top Name Speakers for the 1999 ASCE/Pa DOT Geotechnical Seminar. Prof. Han served as the Technical Co-chair and Proceedings Editor-in-Chief for the ASCE Geo-Institute Annual Conference – GeoFrontiers 2011 held in Dallas, Texas, USA from March 13 to 16, 2011; the Secretary General and Technical Committee Co-Chair for the GeoShanghai International Conference held in Shanghai, China from June 6 to 8 2006; the co-chair of the US-China Workshop on Ground Improvement Technologies held in Orlando, the USA on March 14, 2009; an international advisory board member, technical committee member, or session chair for a number of international conferences. He is an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, a member of the Advisory Board/Editorial Panel of the International Journal of Geomechanics, the Editorial Board of International Journal of Geomechanics and Geoengineering, the ASCE Geosynthetic Committee, the ASCE Ground Improvement Committee, and TRB A2K07 Committee on Geosynthetics. Prof. Han has received a number of research grants as a principal or co-principal investigator from the National Science Foundation, the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) 2, the Federal Highway Administration, Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas University Transportation Research Institute, Delaware Transportation Institute, the University of Kansas, Widener University, and geosynthetics and other industries. His total research expenditure has been more than 2 million U.S. dollars. Prof. Han received the Short-Term Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2002. He was the recipient of the 2006 and 2009 Bellows Scholar Awards, the 2011 Miller Scholar Award, and the 2007 Miller Professional Development Award for Distinguished Service to the Engineering Profession from School of Engineering at the University of Kansas, and the best paper award in from the U.S. Transportation Research Board in 2008.