Keynote Speakers & Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers
Nicholas J. Garber
Transportation Engineering and Management
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of Virginia

Dr. Garber, the Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Civil Engineering, has served on the faculty since 1980. He has authored over 80 refereed publications and reports and has co-authored a textbook. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a chartered engineer of the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers of the United Kingdom. He is the recipient of the Transportation Research Board's D. Grant Mickle Award. He is also the recipient of the University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Garber is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Academy membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice," and those who have demonstrated accomplishment in "the pioneering of new fields of engineering, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." Dr. Garber was recognized for "significant contributions to national and international engineering education and research in traffic operations and safety."

Dr. Garber served for several years as chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Traffic Safety in Maintenance and Construction Operations. He is a member of the ASCE's Committee on Highway Safety and Traffic Operations and a member of the editorial board of ASCE's Journal of Transportation Engineering. He has served as the principal investigator for many research projects sponsored by federal, state, and private agencies. He has also served on several Transportation Research Board Policy Studies on speed management, and size and weight of large trucks. Before joining the University of Virginia faculty, he taught at the University of Sierra Leone and the State University of New York at Buffalo and worked as an engineer in London and Sierra Leone. More..

Adrian FL Hyde
University of Sheffield
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Chairman of Geotechnical Engineering Group

Main Research themes:

• Cyclic loading of clays and silts
• Liquefaction and seismic stability
• Micromechanics and soil crushability
• Modeling of composite geomaterials
• Rapid load testing of piled foundations
• Geotechnics applied to archaeological resources

More about Professor Adrian FL Hyde .

Invited Speakers
Dato' Prof. Ir. Dr. Azmi Bin Hassan
Highway Planning Unit
Ministry of Works Malaysia.
Kenichi Soga
Professor of Civil Engineering
University of Cambridge
Kenichi Soga is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He studied Civil Engineering at Kyoto University and obtained B.Eng. and M. Eng. in 1987 and 1989, respectively. In 1989, he was awarded a two-year scholarship from the Murata Overseas Scholarship Foundation to continue his study at the University of California at Berkeley. At Berkeley, he worked as a Research Assistant between 1991 and 1994 and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1994. His current research activities are modelling of geotechnical construction processes, development of innovative monitoring techniques and investigation of up-scaling from laboratory to field conditions. He has published more than 180 journal and conference papers. He is co-author of “Fundamentals of Soil Behavior, 3rd edition” (John Wiley and Sons) with Professor James K. Mitchell. He is recipient of several awards including the George Stephenson Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers (2006) and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (2007).
Picture Hamid R. Soleymani,
Senior Materials and Pavements Engineer,
EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd, Edmonton, Alberta

Hamid obtained his Ph.D. from University of Saskatchewan in 1997. After graduation, he worked as a research engineer at the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University, USA for three years. He was the main research engineer for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 9-12 titled “Incorporation of Reclaimed Asphalt pavement with Superpave”. He Joined to Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta as an assistant professor in 2000. He taught civil engineering materials, transportation engineering, and pavement management systems and was involved in several research studies for Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation and City of Edmonton in these areas. He joined EBA as a senior pavements and materials Engineer in 2006 and is continuing his academic collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta as an associate adjunct professor and is teaching courses for graduate students. Dr. Soleymani has published more than 30 papers in technical journals and conferences. His expertise and research interest areas are: asphalt and concrete, Superpave, pavements design and maintenance, materials characterization and modeling, pavement performance evaluation, and pavement management systems.

Picture Kazuya Yasuhara
Department of Urban and Civil Engineering,
School of Engineering,
Ibaraki University, Japan

Dr. Kazuya Yasuhara is Professor of Ibaraki University,Japan (Department of Urban and Civil Engineering, School of Engineering). He obtained his first degree and Ph.D. degree from Kyushu University. Dr. Yasuhara was the recipient of JSSMFE’s Award (1978), ASCE’s Best Paper, Development of Innovative Light-weight Geomaterial (1999), JGS’s Awards (1999, 2004, and 2008), and Groundwater Science and Technology Award (2000). In 1993, he was dispatched to Mexico by the Japanese Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs to serve as an expert for earthquake geotechnical engineers at Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters (Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres, or CENAPRED) for six months.