Dr. Meng Liu has more than fifteen years of experience in research and practice of structural engineering. He joined Aurora in April 2017 and is the structural lead and supports a variety of infrastructure projects. He has conducted risk assessments of tunnel excavations and their impacts on existing structures and underground pipelines. He tackles challenges in pipeline design such as fault crossings, and aerial crossings. In addition, he designed a variety of earth-retaining structures for roadways, pump stations, and deep excavations, and other underground structures. He is currently leading the effort of condition assessment of water and wastewater treatment plants.
His research focuses on repair and rehabilitation of steel structures using fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP), pipe-soil interactions, and structural reliability.

Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering; University of Houston, 2017
Master of Science, Structural Engineering; Tongji University, 2009
Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mechanics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2006

Professional Engineer, No. 133764, Texas

Selected Publications
Liu, M., and Ortega, R. 2021. “Thrust restraint of buried continuous pressure pipe considering pipe-soil interaction.”, J. Pipeline Sys. Eng. Prac., ASCE, 12(4): 04021039. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)PS.1949-1204.0000577.
Liu, M., Ortega, R., and Nandagiri, S. 2021. “Design of a large diameter water line at active fault crossing.” In Proc. Pipelines 2021 Conf., 127-138. Reston, VA: ASCE.
Liu, M., Ortega, R., and Nandagiri, S. 2021. “Challenges of designing a large diameter water line in urban area of Houston.” Presented in Texas Water Conf. 2021. Austin, TX.
Liu, M., Rohde, B. J., Krishnamoorti R., Robertson, M. L., and Dawood, M. 2020. “Bond behavior of epoxy resin–polydicyclopentadiene phase separated interpenetrating networks for adhering carbon fiber reinforced polymer to steel.” Polym. Eng. Sci., 60(1): 104-112. https://doi.org/10.1002/pen.25264.
Liu, M., and Dawood, M. 2019. “Reliability Analysis of debonding failure in steel beams strengthened with externally-bonded carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites.” J. Compos. Constr., ASCE, 23(1):04018065. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000890.
Liu, M., and Dawood, M. 2018. “Experimental study and probabilistic bond strengths of adhesively bonded steel butt joint under mixed-mode loadings.” Eng. Struct., 172: 163-171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.05.111.
Liu, M., and Dawood, M. 2018. “A closed-form solution of interfacial stress and strain of beams strengthened with externally-bonded plate using a ductile adhesive.” Eng. Struct., 154: 66-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.10.054.
Liu, M., and Dawood, M. 2017. “Reliability Analysis of Adhesively Bonded CFRP-to-steel Double Lap Shear Joint with Thin Outer Adherends.” Constr. Build. Mater., 141:52-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.02.113.