Hai Huang, assistant professor of civil engineering, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a doctorate in the area of railroad civil engineering. His research focuses on advanced computational modeling, evaluation and maintenance, and sustainable materials for railroad infrastructure. He also has research experience in fatigue and healing of materials and geosynthetic reinforcement. He has conducted his research in China, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has multiple publications in the Journal of Transportation Research Record as well as other engineering journals. He will make significant contributions to the railroad research and education at Penn State Altoona and will be a contributor to bring the new RTE degree on board.