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Xinli Wu

Associate Teaching Professor


  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design

Research Areas:

Engineering Design

Interest Areas:

Engineering design, Engineering in China, CATIA, Geotechnical engineering, Finite element analysis, Engineering and technology education.




  • BS, Civil Engineering/Mine Construction, Northeastern University, 1983
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Northeastern University, 1985
  • MED, Industrial Arts/Technology Education, Millersville University, 1991
  • Ph D, Civil Engineering, Penn State University, 2011



  • Nabil Kallas, Dhushy Sathianathan and XINLI Wu, 2005, Designing a Weighing System Using Strain Gages, 3rd Edition, Hayden-McNeil Publishing, Inc., Plymouth, MI 48170, USA

Journal Articles

  • Run Liu, Meng-meng Liu, Ying-hui Tian and Xinli Wu, 2018, "Effect of perforations on the bearing capacity of shallow foundation on clay", Canadian Geotechnical Journal, (ja)
  • Wei Cui, weishuo Yan, Huifang Song and Xinli Wu, 2018, "Blocking analysis of fresh self-compacting concrete based on the DEM", Construction and Building Materials, 168, pp. 10
  • Fengshan Han, XINLI Wu and LI Song, 2017, "Preliminary Research on Law of Migration of Carbon Dioxide for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide in Underground", Disaster Advances, 10, (6), pp. 35-39
  • Wei Cui, Tianzhu Ji, Ming Li and Xinli Wu, 2016, "Simulating the workability of fresh self-compacting concrete with random polyhedron aggregate based on DEM", Materials and Structures, pp. 5
  • Run Liu, Hao Xiong, Xinli Wu and Shuwang Yan, 2014, "Numerical studies on global buckling of subsea pipelines.", Ocean Engineering, 78, (1 March 2014)
  • Run Liu, Shuwang Yan and Xinli Wu, 2013, "Model Test Studies on Soil Restraint to Pipeline Buried in Bohai Soft Clay", Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, pp. 49-56
  • Fengshan Han and Xinli Wu, 2013, "Numerical simulation of compressive experiment of Coal Seam in deep underground for geological storage of carbon dioxide", Applied Mechanics and Materials, 387, pp. 189-192
  • Run Liu, Wugang Wang, Shuwang Yan and Xinli Wu, 2012, "Engineering measures for preventing upheaval buckling of buried submarine pipelines", Journal of Applied Mathematics And Mechanics
  • Ruihua Zhuo, Run Liu, Xinli Wu and Yangyang Zhao, 2012, "Analysis of Vertical Bearing Capacity of Single-row Pile Group of an Offshore Platform", Applied Mechanics and Materials, 188, pp. 54-59
  • Run Liu, Lei Wang, Xinli Wu and Wenbin Liu, 2012, "The Optimal Design of Sluice Chamber Connecting Tuanbo Reservoir and Inner Lake under City Road", Applied Mechanics and Materials, 212-213, pp. 831-834
  • Richard Devon, Gul Kremer, N. Nguyen, Sven Bilen, XINLI Wu and Dhushy Sathianathan, 2007, "Decision-Making Models for Choosing CAD Software", World Transactions on Engineering & Technology Education, 6, (2), pp. 227-233
  • Mingshu Wang, Xinli Wu and Mian Wang, 1998, "Rock Slope Stabilization Along Railroad at Fushun Mine", Geotechnical Engineering Journal, pp. 85-93

Conference Proceedings

  • Fengshan Han, Xinli Wu and Zhongliang Cui, 2018, "Numerical simulation of crack propagation in ceramic materials at high temperature", IOP Publishing, United Kingdom, 189, (3)
  • Fengshan Han, Xinli Wu, Xia Li and Li Song, 2018, "Numerical Simulation of Crack Propagation in Fiber Reinforced Polymer Concrete Composites in the high Temperatures", IOP Publishing, United Kingdom, 439, (4), pp. 042079
  • Kathy Jackson, Jordan Blair, Gul Kremer and Xinli Wu, 2018, "Instrument Development to Assess Design Project Appropriateness for Domain Relatedness, Ambiquity Tolerance, and Genderedness", IEEE, United States, pp. 8
  • Run Liu, Chengfeng Li and Xinli Wu, 2018, "Effect of Initial Imperfection on the Global Buckling of Submarine Pipelines With Different Length", International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers, pp. 6
  • Shubham Khoje, Elcin Günay, Gul Kremer, Kijung Park, Kathy Jackson and Xinli Wu, 2018, "An Evaluation Framework for Engineering Design Projects for Gender Bias, Domain Relatedness, and Ambiguity: Development", 2018 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2018, pp. 6
  • Fengshan Han and Xinli Wu, 2016, "Anchor truncation scheme optimization and its application", Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Mechatronics, Control and Materials (ICMCM 2016), Atlantis Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 5
  • Fengshan Han and Xinli Wu, 2016, "Determination for mine construction project time and its parameters using network planning technique", Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Machinery, Materials, Environment, Biotechnology and Computer (MMEBC 2016), Atlantis Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 5
  • Fengshan Han, Xinli Wu and S. Brennan, 2014, "Study on Rock Bolt Support of Roadway of Coal Mine using Neural network", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Trans Tech Publications, 448-453, pp. 3799-3802
  • Ping Zhu, Run Liu, Wenbin Liu and Xinli Wu, 2012, "Study on optimal design of a box-culvert under road", Civil Engineering and Urban Planning 2012 (CEUP 2012), ASCE
  • Madara M. Ogot, Gul E. Okudan, Susan Mohammed and Xinli Wu, 2005, "Spreadsheet-Based Methods For Managing Engineering Design Projects", Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2005)
  • Gul E. Okudan, Susan Mohammed, Madara M. Ogot and Xinli Wu, 2005, "A Comprehensive Investigation on Industry-Sponsored Design Projects' Effectiveness at the First-Year Level: Phase I", Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition
  • Gul Kremer, Sven Bilen and XINLI Wu, 2003, "Gender Orientation of the Design Task: Product Domain and Familiarity Issues", International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED)


  • Xinli Wu, 2011, "Load transfer mechanism of pier-supported-raft foundation subjected to vertical load"

Research Projects

  • October 2016 - September 2020, "Instrument Development to Assess Design Project Appropriateness for Domain Relatedness, Ambiguity Tolerance, and Genderedness," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • January 2005 - September 2006, "Transforming Problem-Based Learning into Active Learning in a Problem-Based Environment," (Sponsor: Penn State Schreyer Institute).
  • May 2001 - September 2001, "Integrating LabVIEW to the EDSGN 100 Curriculum," (Sponsor: Penn State’s Office of Undergraduate Education).

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award, China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing Campus), May 2017 - May 2017
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Penn State's Office of Residence Life, April 2013 - April 2013
  • Nominated for Penn State’s George Atherton Teaching Excellence Award for the Year 2010 by the College of Engineering at Penn State, 2009, Penn State, January 2009 - December 2009
  • Nominated for Outstanding Teaching Award for the Penn State Engineering Society (PSES) by SEDTAPP, Penn State, January 2007 - December 2007
  • Letter of Recognition by President Spanier as one of the Best Faculty Members at Penn State, Penn State, March 2000 - March 2000


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Committee Member, SEDTAPP Textbook Committee Member, January 2007 - December 2008
  • Committee Work, Committee Chair, SEDTAPP Name Change Committee, January 2004 - December 2005
  • Committee Work, Search committee member, Search committee of SEDTAPP Computer Administrator position, January 2002 - December 2002
  • Committee Work, Search committee member, Search committee of CEDE Supervisor position, January 2002 - December 2002

Service to External Organizations:




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