Associate Professor of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Departmental Research Area
Solid Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering
Individual Research Interest
Geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil dynamics; computational geomechanics; numerical modeling of soil-structure interaction; numerical modeling of geotechnical and hydrogeological systems; micromechanics of heterogeneous materials.
Prof Gang Wang received his BEng and MEng in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University, China in 1997 and 2000. He obtained PhD in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. He joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2008, after being as a consulting engineer at Geomatrix Consultants in California. Presently, he is Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at HKUST.
Prof Wang's research areas focus on geotechnical earthquake engineering, strong motion seismology, soil dynamics, numerical modeling for soil-structure-interaction and micromechanics. His recent research topics include selection of ground motions for earthquake engineering analyses, strong motion characterization, nonlinear numerical modeling of dynamic soil-pile-structure interaction, application of strong motion data in analyzing earthquake-induced slope displacements, advanced constitutive model and numerical sensitivity algorithm for soil liquefaction simulation, and micromechanics of heterogeneous media and granular materials. He is co-author of a well-received textbook "Introduction to Micromechanics and Nanomechanics", published by World Scientific in 2008.
Prof Wang is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California, USA, member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and Seismological Society of America (SSA). He is actively serving the local professional bodies, as Treasurer of ASCE Hong Kong Section and Secretary of the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (HKSTAM). He is the recipient of 2004 Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Student Oversees and 2009-2010 Li Foundation Heritage Prize.