Shiho Kawashima


616 S.W. Mudd
Mail Code 4709

Tel(212) 854-2701
Fax(212) 854-6267

Research Interests

Rheology and processing of cement-based materials; application of nanotechnology to cement science; sustainable infrastructural materials

Research Areas

In particular, Kawashima’s interest and expertise is in the development of characterization techniques to probe the viscoelastic properties of fresh cement-based systems and the design of these systems to facilitate various construction applications.  For instance, 3D concrete printing presents the advantage and challenge of casting form-free and vibration-free, compared to conventional static casting techniques. Therefore the rheological and solidification properties must be precisely controlled, which Kawashima’s work aims to do.

Kawashima received a BS in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University in 2003, an MS in structural engineering and materials from Northwestern University in 2009, and a PhD in structural engineering and materials from Northwestern University in 2012. She is a member of American Concrete Institute, involved in committees 236, 237, 238, 238-A, and 241.


  • Graduate Research Assistant, Northwestern University, 2007 - 2012


  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, 2013 – Present


  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • American Ceramics Society (ACerS)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2017
  • Forbes’ 30 under 30: Science, 2015


  • American Concrete Industry’s Concrete Research Council; “Interaction of Admixtures and its Effect on the Evolution of Thixotropic Breakdown and Recovery of Cementitious Systems (ACI CRC #79)”; Sole-PI; 01/2014 – 12/2015; Total: $10,000.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety, Washington, D.C.; “Mitigating external corrosion of pipelines through nano-modified cement-based coatings (US DOT DTPH56-13-H-CAAP06)”; 01/2014 – 06/2015; Total: $135,774.
  • National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA; “BRIGE: Characterizing the rheological and microstructural evolution of oil well cement slurries under elevated temperature and pressure conditions (NSF EEC-1342377)”; Sole-PI; 09/2013 – 08/2015; Total: $171,796.
  • Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty, Columbia University; “Elucidating the contribution of thixotropy on the flow curve and critical shear rate of fresh cement mortars”; Sole-PI; 08/2015 – 07/2016; Total: $25,000.
  • RPM Belgium & Vandex Group, Tielt, Belgium; “Investigation of the mechanisms underlying crystalline waterproofing”; Sole-PI; 08/2015 – 07/2017; Total: $220,175.
  • Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea; “Functional Nano-fibers for Smart Concrete (Sub-Award)”; Lead PI at Columbia University; 01/2017 – 06/2018; Total: $150,000.
  • National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA; “CAREER: Tailoring Rheological Behavior and Interlayer Properties of 3-D Printing Concrete (NSF 1653419)”; Sole-PI; 06/2017 – 05/2022; Total: $500,000.


  • Kawashima, S. and S.P. Shah. “Early-age autogenous and drying shrinkage behavior of cellulose fiber-reinforced cementitious materials,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 33(2): 201-208, 2011.
  • Kawashima, S., P. Hou, D. Corr and S.P. Shah. “Modification of cement-based materials with nanoparticles,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 36(0): 8-15, 2012.
  • Kawashima, S., J. Seo, D. Corr, M. Hersam and S.P. Shah. “Dispersion of CaCO3 nanoparticles by sonication and surfactant treatment for application in fly ash-cement systems,” Materials and Structures: 1-13, 2013
  • Kawashima, S., M. Chaouche, D. Corr and S.P. Shah. “Rate of thixotropic rebuilding of cement pastes modified with highly purified attapulgite clays,” Cement and Concrete Research, 53(0): 112-118, 2013.
  • Kawashima, S., M. Chaouche, D. Corr and S.P. Shah. “Influence of purified attapulgite clays on the adhesive properties of cement pastes as measured by the tack test,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 48(0): 35-41, 2014. 
  • Qian, Y. and S. Kawashima. “Flow onset of fresh mortars in rheometers: Contributions of paste deflocculation and sand particle migration,” Cement and Concrete Research, 90: 97-103, 2016.
  • Qian, Y. and S. Kawashima. “Use of creep-recovery protocol to measure static yield stress of fresh cement pastes,” Cement and Concrete Research, 90: 73-79, 2016.
  • Ma, S., T. Yu, M. Chaouche, Y. Wang and S. Kawashima. “Phase evolution of oil well cement slurries with nanoadditive at elevated temperature and pressure conditions,” ACI Materials Journal, 113(5), 2016.
  • Jang, S.H., D.P. Hochstein, S. Kawashima, & H. Yin. "Experiments and micromechanical modeling of electrical conductivity of carbon nanotube/cement composites with moisture." Cement and Concrete Composites, 77: 49-59, 2017.
  • Kim, J-H., S.H. Kwon, S. Kawashima, H.J. Yim and M. Choi. “Rheology of cement-based materials under pumping pressure,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 77: 60-67, 2017.