Shiho Kawashima promoted to Associate Professor

Shiho Kawashima has been promoted to Associate Professor in the 
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department


Shiho Kawashima joined the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics as an Assistant Professor in January 2013. Kawashima’s research interests are in the area of cement and concrete materials, in particular rheology and processing. Many of Kawashima’s projects have involved investigating the specific rheological aspect of thixotropy, which can be a useful property for concrete mixes in a number of applications where high flowability is needed during casting but then a high rate of fresh-state stiffening is needed after placement.

She has worked on a number of projects to investigate and utilize thixotropy to advance applications. Through a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), she studied the rheology of oil well cement slurries under elevated temperatures and pressures to simulate performance under down-hole conditions. One of the aims was to investigate how thixotropy can be used to reduce loss circulation during the cementing process. Through a project funded by U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, thixotropy was utilized to facilitate the application of fresh concrete coatings onto pipeline surfaces. Most recently, Kawashima has received an NSF CAREER award on the topic of 3D concrete printing, where part of the work will be on utilizing thixotropy to enhance the shape stability of printed layers upon deposition.

Kawashima is an active member in American Concrete Institute (ACI) committees 238 (Workability), 237 (Self-consolidating concrete), 236 (Materials Science) and 241 (Nanotechnology). She is an associate editor for American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University and M.S. and PhD in Structural Engineering and Materials from Northwestern University.


Kawashima group 2016 (from left to right: Dr. Seungmin Lim (Research Professor, Hanyang University, Korea), Siwei Ma (PhD student, Columbia), Dr. Ye Qian (Postdoc, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Dr. Sujin Lee (Associate Research Scientist, Columbia), and Shiho Kawashima.


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