Lianyang Zhang

Associate Professor
Geomechanics & Geotechnical

Full Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • PhD, Geotechnical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997
  • MS, Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, 1988
  • BS, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1985


  • Registered Professional Engineer, Massachusetts, License #41598

Research Interests:

  • Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
    • 3-D multi-scale characterization and investigation of rock fractures
    • 3-D strength criteria for rocks
    • Evaluation of mechanical and hydraulic properties of jointed rock masses
    • Development of Rock Expert System (RES) for evaluation of rock properties
    • Discrete element method (DEM) analysis of rock behavior
    • Enhancement of reservoir (oil, water and thermal) production in rock
  • Optimal Analysis and Design of Deep Foundations
    • Evaluation and mobilization of end-bearing capacity of rock-socketed shafts
    • Nonlinear analysis of laterally loaded piles
  • Sustainable Geotechnics and Geoenvironmental Engineering
    • Recycling and utilization of wastes through geopolymerization
    • Bio-enhancement of geopolymer cementitious material
    • Development of sustainable construction materials
    • Molecular dynamics (MD) study of geopolymer
    • Environmentally benign dust control
  • Renewable Energy
    • Underground compressed air energy storage (CAES)
    • Geopolymer energy efficient building materials


  • 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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