Zhuping Sheng, Ph.D. P.E., P.H., F.ASCE, a professor at Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at El Paso and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering of Texas A&M University, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Sheng prospects for and seeks to bring good-quality water in sufficient amounts to sustain and balance community development, agricultural production, and a healthy ecosystem in changing climates, especially arid regions. His areas of expertise include hydrogeology, interaction of surface water and groundwater, managed aquifer recharge, management strategies of the shared transboundary resources, and aquifer mechanics. He directs research programs and provides leadership in advancing hydrological modeling and conjunctive use of water resources, conducting interdisciplinary research on managed aquifer recharge, desired future conditions and hydro-econometric analysis, and the promotion of integrated water resources management in collaboration with other universities, government agencies, and private industry.
Sheng has served as chair or vice chair on several technical committees within the Groundwater Council of the ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute. He has also helped organize groundwater symposia and technical and special panel sessions at EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congresses. He has served as associate editor and guest editor for special issues of ASCE’s Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.
He provided consultation on water management policies in China for the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water Resources, and in Qatar for the Ministry of the Environment. He has also served on several technical committees – those of the National Research Council of National Academies, the American Institute of Hydrology, the American Water Resources Association, and other organizations.
Sheng is a registered professional engineer and certified professional hydrologist. He received his doctoral degree in hydrogeology and hydrology from the University of Nevada, Reno, his master’s degree in engineering geology from the Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, and his bachelor’s degree in hydrogeology and engineering geology from Tongji University, Shanghai.