Dr. Joan Zhong-Brisbois, a supervising engineer and certified project manager, earned her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. She has extensive experience in transportation infrastructure industry. Joan grew up in China and came to United States in 1997 after studying and living in Singapore. She has worked her way up in a male-dominant profession and heavily involved in the major transportation projects in Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington. She developed valuable leadership and excellent communication skills through the challenging infrastructure projects and numerous volunteer work she participated in the elementary schools, local churches and professional societies. Dr. Zhong-Brisbois speaks fluent Chinese and English. She is a strong writer in both languages as well. She is passionate about applying her talents to improve the environment and safety in China and US by developing sustainable and functional infrastructure and serving the communities.