Lianyang Zhang

Associate Professor
Geomechanics & Geotechnical



  • Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, China, 
  • B.S., Nava Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


  • Registered Professional Engineer, Massachusetts, License #41598

Research Interests:

  • Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering:  Three-dimensional (3D) multi-scale characterization of rock fractures; Evaluation of mechanical and hydraulic properties of jointed rock masses; Development of Rock Expert System (RES) for evaluation of rock properties; and Enhancement of reservoir (oil, water, and thermal) production in rock
  • Sustainable Geotechnics and Geoenvironmental Engineering:  Recycling and utilization of fly ash, mine tailings and construction and demolition (C&D) wastes through geopolymerization; Geotechnical safety related to underground compressed air energy storage (CAES); Effective remediation of contaminants in jointed rock masses; and Geotechnical analysis and design of landfills
  • Deep Foundations:  Piles (especially drilled shafts socketed into rock) under different loading conditions
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering: Dynamic properties of soils and rocks; Prediction and mitigation of liquefaction and subsidence of soils under earthquake loading; and Stability of rock slopes under earthquake loading


  • CE 343: Geotechnical Engineering and Design
  • CE 440/540:  Foundation Engineering
  • CE 441/541:  Earth Structures in Geotechnical Engineering
  • CE 442/542:  Ground Improvement
  • CE 445/545:  Geoenvironmental Engineering

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