Dr. Zachary Grasley is a renowned civil engineer whose research focuses on the integration of analytical, computational and experimental techniques across several length scales to fundamentally advance civil infrastructure materials. He serves as department head, professor and Presidential Impact Fellow in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Grasley began his academic career at Texas A&M as an assistant professor where he was recognized for his his research, teaching accomplishments and promise with the NSF CAREER Award, the Zachry Teaching Award and the TEES Select Young Faculty Award. Grasley joined the Virginia Tech faculty in fall 2012 as an associate professor and was awarded the 2013 Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award from the American Concrete Institute in recognition of his innovation in teaching.
He rejoined Texas A&M as an associate professor and faculty fellow in August 2014, and was subsequently recognized as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and awarded the ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement. Most recently, Grasley was named Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M, a lifelong title bestowed by the university president in recognition of research prowess.
Grasley has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles has given over 30 invited or keynote seminars. One of the papers he co-authored with his Ph.D. student was recognized as an “Outstanding Paper” by the journal Materials & Structures in 2015. He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling over $6.2 million and was recently cited as among the top 3 percent of civil engineering professors by Academic Analytics in terms of research productivity.
Grasley serves on the board of advisors for OSL Concrete, Inc. and has contributed to industry via numerous consulting projects. He is the former chair of the Cements Division of the American Ceramic Society, is associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, associate editor for the ACI Materials Journal and chair of American Concrete Institute Committee 236 (Materials Science of Concrete).
He earned his B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2001 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and 2006, respectively.