September 6, 2010

Dr. Steve C.S. Cai, P.E., professor and Edwin B. and Norma S. McNeil Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has been elected a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE is the largest association in civil engineering in the world. According to the ASCE website "Fellows are practitioners, educators, mentors, and most of all leaders. They have distinguished careers that have contributed significantly to the Civil Engineering profession. The accomplishments of Fellows have left their marks on their communities, society, and future engineering professionals."

Cai's expertise is structural and bridge infrastructure, and his areas of specialization include bridge engineering, prestressed concrete, wind engineering, structural dynamics, structural performance evaluation and rehabilitation. The Fellow status is a prestigious honor held by fewer than five percent of ASCE members.

"The ASCE Fellow rank identifies an engineer who has attained a notable grade of distinction and who is responsible for significant engineering achievements in their areas of expertise," said Dr. George Z. Voyiadjis, CEE department chair and LSU Boyd Professor. "Dr. Cai, by joining the Fellow rank, is a testament that our Department and College provide an environment which encourages the highest level of faculty achievement."

Before Cai joined LSU in 2001, he worked for a consulting firm, state government, and other institutes for eight years in the U.S., in addition to a few years as an instructor in China. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of Maryland. Cai co-chaired an international conference "International Symposium on Life-cycle Performance of Bridges and Structures" on June 27-29, 2010, in Changsha, China. The main scope of the conference focused on bridge structures ­­- covering the life-cycle performance of bridges, namely from design, to construction, to service, to extreme events, and to next generation of bridges. More details are available at


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Article by Mimi LaValle, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706,



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