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. His official co-supervisor will be Prof. Kenichi Soga of the University of California, Berkeley.