Prof. Charles Ng

President of the ISSMGE

Category: Unsaturated

Modified pressure plate apparatus

Schematic of the modified pressure plate apparatus

The modified pressure plate apparatus is used to study the volume change behaviour of unsaturated soils (Ng et al. 2002). Prior to its development, measurements of the volume change had limited accuracy.

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Dr. Kaewsong obtained her Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Charles Ng in 2017, investigating small-strain stiffness of unsaturated collapsible loess.

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Dr Abraham Chiu

Profs. Chiu (left) and Lei (right): collaborative research

Abraham Chiu’s research includes two areas of geotechnical engineering: (1) the engineering behaviour and constitutive modelling of unsaturated and contaminated soils and (2) the development of laboratory testing equipment.

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Mr. Hossen completed his BSc in Civil Engineering at the Military Institute of Science and Technology, Dhaka-Bangladesh in Dec 2009, and his MPhil in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering at HKUST in Dec 2015.

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Dr Chao ZHOU

Dr Chao ZHOU is currently a research assistant professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received his BEng (2009) and PhD (2014) from Tsinghua University and HKUST, respectively.

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Dr Sadeghi is the first graduate of the Dual-Degree PhD Program between the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Sharif University of Technology. He obtained both his degrees in Civil Engineering with excellent academic and research performance in 2016, as reflected by his graduation cumulative grade average (GGA) of A+ for the 34 credits passed during his PhD. The research topic he tackled was “A Micro-Structural Study on Hydro-Mechanical Behavior of Loess” in which he revealed and highlighted the role of soil microstructure in governing different aspects of material behavior, especially at low values of relative humidity. His research has been mainly within two broad areas of unsaturated soil mechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering. As of his graduation date, the number of his publications in SCI journals and reputable international conferences approaches 20. Additionally, he has been awarded membership into Iran’s National Elites Foundation (INFE) for excellence in education and research. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Sharif University of Technology.

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