Yidong Zhao receives a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

We are extremely pleased to announce that Yidong Zhao has been selected to be a recipient of the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship this year and will join our group in September 2019. 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 many others.

Yidong’s PhD research will focus on computational methods for large deformation problems in geomechanics.

Big congratulations!

APCOM 2019 mini-symposium

Jinhyun Choo co-organizes a mini-symposium entitled "Computational Geomechanics, Poromechanics, and Granular Mechanics" at APCOM 2019, which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, on December 18–21, 2019. Abstract submission is now open until April 15, 2019. The mini-symposium description is given below. We hope to have you there!

MS 1701: Computational Geomechanics, Poromechanics, and Granular Mechanics


Jinhyun Choo, The University of Hong Kong
Jidong Zhao, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Geomaterials such as soils and rocks are porous granular materials that behave very differently from other materials in science and engineering. Computational modeling of these geomaterials plays vital roles in many problems related to civil infrastructure, energy, and the environment. This mini-symposium is intended to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of recent advances in the fundamentals and applications of geomechanics, poromechanics, and granular mechanics. Contributions are solicited in, but not restricted to, the following topic areas: (1) development, implementation, and validation of constitutive models for geomaterials, (2) computational methods and algorithms for coupled poromechanics and other multi-physics problems, (3) granular mechanics and other micromechanics approaches to geomaterials, (4) multiscale modeling techniques, (5) meshfree methods for large deformation problems, (6) numerical modeling of fracture and damage processes, and (7) uncertainty quantification and probabilistic methods.

HKU Civil Centennial Future Scholars (CCFS) Scheme 2019

Our Department is inviting applications to the HKU Civil Centennial Future Scholars scheme. The scheme allows high calibre students who are seriously considering to join our Department as Ph.D. students to visit and conduct research in summer 2019 for a period of about 2.5 weeks. Priorities will be given to the top students who would be strong candidates competing for the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship in the upcoming 2019 admission. The visit will allow the students to see our learning environment and get to know their potential supervisors and future research work.

Details of the scheme are as follows:

  • Up to 12 scholarships are available in summer 2019.

  • The Scholars will visit the Department within the period from 15 to 31 July 2019 to conduct research under individual supervisors.

  • A Scholarship of HK$3,500 will be awarded.

  • Free accommodation will be provided in a student hall of residence.

  • Seminars, discussion sessions and other activities also will be arranged for the Scholars.

See http://www.civil.hku.hk/hkuccfs for more information.

Last year, our group welcomed Yidong Zhao as a CCFS Scholar and we hope to host another talented student this year.