Tong Qiu poses for a headshot
Tong Qiu

The John and Marcia Price College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CvEEN) has appointed Tong Qiu as its next department chair. His term will begin July 1.

Qiu joins the department from Pennsylvania State University, where he served as a professor of Civil Engineering and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. His doctoral studies in Civil Engineering were completed at the University of California Los Angeles, and his expertise encompasses soil dynamics, fluid mechanics in porous materials, and the modeling of geological systems. Working in both theory and hands-on experimentation, Qiu also harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to address various geotechnical engineering challenges.

His work receives support from a diverse range of funding sources, including federal agencies like NSF, FHWA, DOS, FRA, and SERDP, state entities such as PennDOT and the State Police, as well as private sector partners like Google, Tensar International Corporation, Alpine Equipment LLC, and Mission Critical Solutions, in addition to backing from DOT University Transportation Centers.

Announcing Qui’s appointment, current CvEEN Department Chair Michael Barber said:

“It’s been my honor to serve as Department Chair for the past 11 years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over that time. Just a few of my privileges have included recruiting a number of excellent faculty members and seeing the growth of our department, both in the quality of education we provide our students as well as the caliber and capability of our excellent faculty and staff. I look forward to continuing as a professor in the department striving to contribute to our collective success, including offering support to Dr. Qiu as he steers our department forward.”

Read Barber’s letter in full at CvEEN News.