Dr. Dongye Zhao to be New CCEE Department Chair

August 16, 2022
Dr. Dongye Zhao

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Dongye (Don) Zhao will be joining the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering as Professor and Chair, effective August 16, 2022.

Dr. Zhao has been a Professor and Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Endowed Chair at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Auburn University since 2019. He earned his Bachelor (in Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Masters (in Environmental Engineering) of Science degrees from Taiyuan University of Technology, China, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Lehigh University in 1998.

After a postdoctoral fellowship in Connecticut, Dr. Zhao joined Auburn University as Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in 2001 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2006. He is the recipient of numerous awards: Dr. Zhao is included in the Stanford University list of top 1% scientists in environmental sciences in the world, since 2020; and the Clarivate list of top 1% most cited scientists in the world, since 2021.

Welcome, Dr. Zhao!

We also thank Dr. Janusz Supernak for his valuable service as the CCEE Department Chair. Janusz will start his FERP on August 16, 2022, after serving SDSU for 38 years.