- Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. (1991).
- M.S. in Structural Engineering, Central Research Institute of Building and Construction, Beijing (1985).
- B.S. in Civil Engineering, Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture (1982).
Honors and Distinctions:
- Research development award 2004. Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Young Researcher’s award for academic year 1998-1999. Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Faculty advisor for Drexel teams in American Concrete Institute (ACI) beam competition. In 1993, First prize for the highest ultimate load was awarded to the Drexel team. In 1994, First prize for the highest ultimate load was awarded to one of the Drexel teams. First prize for the best prediction was awarded to another Drexel team.
- Since 1993, Dr. Xi has participated more than 70 sponsored projects as PI or co-PI. The total funding is more than $6.2 million dollars. The following are partial lists of the research projects.
- Theoretical analysis and experimental study on long term durability of reinforced concrete structures.
- Monitoring and simulation of long-term performance of reinforced concrete and steel structures.
- Evaluation of performance of materials and structures under high temperatures.
- Development of sustainable construction materials (recycling of fly ash, waste glass, and waste tires).