Fan Fei joined the group in 2018 as a Hong Kong PhD Fellow, after receiving his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at HKU with first class honours. Throughout his undergraduate years at HKU, he was in Dean's honours list every academic year, and received several prestigious awards including a C.L. Tse Prize in Civil Engineering and a Leung Ting Kui Scholarship. His PhD research focuses on the development of computational approaches to investigate fracture, damage, and other inelastic deformations of underground rocks subjected to complex structural and environmental loads.
Shanghui Yang joined the group in Fall 2018 as a PhD student. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Hydraulic Structure Engineering at Wuhan University. During her time at Wuhan, she received multiple scholarships and Third Prizes in the 2015 China Post-Graduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling and the 2017 National English Competition for College Students. Her current research interest is in mathematical modeling of the time-dependent responses of geologic materials.
Yidong Zhao will again join the group in September 2019 as a Hong Kong PhD Fellow. He worked with us in Summer 2018, first as a HKU Civil Centennial Future Scholar and then as a Research Assistant. Currently he is pursuing his M.S. degree in Architectural Civil Engineering at Tongji University, where he also earned his B.S. degree as a Shanghai Outstanding Graduate in 2016. He has been the winner of China National Scholarships (two times), a National Second Prize in the 10th Zhou Pei-Yuan Mechanics National College Competition, and a First Prize in the 1st Mechanics Competition of Shanghai, among others. His work in the group focuses on computational methods for large deformation problems in geomechanics.
Junwei Zhang started working as our group’s Student Research Assistant in January 2019. He is currently an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering in HKU. His research work focuses on analyzing opportunities for geologic carbon utilization and storage in the production of unconventional energy resources in China.