Yi Peng

Advisor: Dr. Eric Landis, P.E.


Kennebec Valley Community College, 2010-2012

B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Maine, 2012-2016

M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Maine, 2016-Present

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Maine, 2017-Present

Bio & Research Interests

I grew up in Chongqing, China, where I completed middle school. In 2009, as a young adult, I moved to the U.S. and continued my education. Within a few months, I obtained a GED diploma and then entered Kennebec Valley Community College. It was the “Exploring Transfer Program” at Vassar College that provided the opportunity to attend the University of Maine. It has been a long and hard journey to pursue my dream in higher education.

Currently, I am working on my M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. My research focuses on the material properties and behaviors of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) modified by cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) and cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). CNF and CNC are both produced from wood pulp, and are renewable and sustainable materials. They have the potential to modify the microstructure of UHPC and improve its mechanical performance.

Memberships, Honors, Awards

  • The Maine Group Graduate Scholarship, Associated General Contractors of America, 2016-2018
  • Outstanding Graduating Student of College of Engineering, University of Maine, 2016
  • Cianchette Brothers and Ken Burrill Scholarship, Associated General Contractors of Maine, 2012-2016
  • Transportation Trailblazer and Lucius D. Barrows Scholarship, Maine Better Transportation Association, 2013-2015
  • Donald V. Taverner ’43 Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, University of Maine, 2013-2015
  • First Place, Student Paper Presentation at the 64th Maine Transportation Conference, 2014
  • Third Prize, Math Competition, University of Maine, 2012
  • Member: Maine Better Transportation Association, ACI, and ASCE
  • EIT Certification