Dr. Bjorn Birgisson, is a professor and the Chair of the School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Georgia and the former J.L. “Corky Frank/Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC Chair in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He has published over 240 technical papers focused on transportation infrastructure, construction materials, additive materials for infrastructure, civil systems-of-systems and resilience. He has served as either a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of over 58 million dollars in research funding during his academic career. His projects have included infrastructure analysis and design, material design and optimization, field evaluation and nondestructive testing, traffic characterization, impact of automated and platoon trucks on infrastructure, coupled human-physical infrastructure system resilience to flooding and other systemic stressors, and the integration of urban systems to generally provide better outcomes for people. Prior to this, he served as the inaugural director of the new Center for Infrastructure Renewal at Texas A&M University; Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor of Transport Science at Aston University from January 2014 to August, 2016 and the vice president for research at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden between 2009 and 2014.