Prof. WANG Jianfeng Jeff (王劍鋒)

BSc, MSc, PhD Virginia Tech CEng, MASCE, MHKSTAM    

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Phone: +852 34426787

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Willing to take PhD students: yes


Prof. Wang received his BSc and MSc degrees from Tongji University, China and his PhD degree from Virginia Tech, USA.  Prof. Wang is an internationally renowned expert in the field of micro-macro mechanics of granular materials. His research aims to explore the multiscale physics and mechanics underlying the macroscopic soil behavior using the X-ray computed tomography (CT), discrete element method (DEM) simulation and machine learning methods. His works over the past 20 years include the X-ray CT characterization of micro-structures and micro-morphologies of geomaterials, and the DEM modeling and analysis of fundamental soil behaviors of crushable sands and their applications in various kinds of geotechnical engineering problems such as pile foundation, slope stability and retaining structures, etc. In particular, he has recently developed novel pattern recognition techniques for tracking crushed and uncrushed sand particles within CT sand specimens using an interdisciplinary approach which combines experimental geomechanics, artificial intelligence, and computer vision technologies. Prof. Wang has received a number of prestigious international research awards including the 2022 and 2023 World's top 2% scientists, 2023 Excellent Editorial Board Member Award from Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, VEBLEO Fellow, and International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Award, 2011 Geotechnical Research Medal (UK Institution of Civil Engineers), and 2010 Higher Education Institutions Outstanding Research Award - Natural Science Award (the Ministry of Education of China). His research has attracted over 10 million HKD of external grants including the Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong SAR and National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Prof. Wang currently serves as an Associate Editor of Géotechnique, and Editorial Board Member of Computers and Geotechnics, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and Soils and Foundations. So far Prof. Wang has published over 100 SCI journal papers and delivered over 30 keynote/invited lectures, and has a Google Scholar H-index of 37.



  • BC2674: Construction Materials
  • BC4682: Advanced Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering
  • BC4682P: Advanced Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering
  • CA2689: Strength of Materials
  • CA4682: Advanced Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering
  • CA4688: Rock Engineering

Research Interests/Areas

Micromechanics of granular media; Discrete Element Modelling (DEM); Slope stability; Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials; Multiscale modelling and simulation of geomaterials; Computational geomechanics


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