Outstanding Research Menor - Dingxin Cheng
Dr. DingXin Cheng, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, obtained his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in civil engineering in 2002. Since he joined the department of Civil Engineering in 2006, Dr. Cheng has exemplified the teacher-scholar modal, making significant contributions to the Department, College, and particularly to his students.
Dr. Cheng is an outstanding research mentor, giving his students invaluable internship opportunities and research experiences. Since he started as faculty at Chico State in 2006, he has hired more than 30 graduate and undergraduate student research assistants. Dr. Cheng has authored or co-authored more than 60 papers and technical reports, and most of his research reports are co-authored with student assistants. He has produced 8 computer programs in the field of civil engineering either directly or by supervising students.
Dr. Cheng supports the career development of his students, working with them in the lab and in the field to help them gain solid technical skills and knowledge of current industry standards. He also provides them with opportunities to interact with engineers, managers, and other leaders in the industry. Dr. Cheng also invests considerable time in his advising capacity with the student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He is also working on the establishment of a student organization with California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA).
Dr. Cheng has capitalized on his exemplary research and project management skills to secure several large grants to make important contributions to the Department and to the field of Civil Engineering as a whole. Since 2007, he has served as the Principle Investigator or Co-Principle Investigator for projects that have generated more than $3 million in external funding support. With support from the College and Department, he established an asphalt pavement lab with more than $400,000 worth of equipment at CSU, Chico. These achievements led CSU, Chico to provide Dr. Cheng with the Professional Achievement Honor in 2009 and the Outstanding Project Director award in 2011. In 2010, he was also honored as the Professor of the Year by the Chico State Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dr. Cheng serves as the director of the California Pavement Preservation Center (CP2 Center), which is funded by California Department of Transportation. In his role as director of the Center, he collaborates with faculty within the department of Civil Engineering and throughout the College of ECC and with highly respected researchers of the CP2 Center and nationwide. He has also established a strong relationship between the College and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). These on- and off-campus collaborations recently resulted in the production of the first edition of Tire Derived Aggregate Handbook for CalRecycle.