Micromechanics of shear strength of granular materials

Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Pro Vice Chancellor: International, will deliver a two-part presentation, which reflects his PVC role and his research interests.

The newly developed international strategy at the University of Leeds

This short verbal presentation will outline the key objectives and priorities of a newly developed international strategy at the University of Leeds.

Micromechanics of shear strength of granular materials

This technical seminar will present the results of a recent EPSRC-funded research project on the development of a fundamental understanding of the shear strength of granular materials based on micromechanics.

Biography: Professor Hai-Sui Yu

Professor Yu leads on the development and delivery of the University’s international strategy by working with teams across the University and stakeholders to boost the University’s global profile and standing and generate research and educational opportunities with overseas partners. Professor Yu also holds the role of Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering.

Previously he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) and Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Nottingham, where he had overall responsibility for the University’s international and global engagement strategy.

Professor Yu’s research interest is in the field of geomechanics and geotechnical engineering, focussing particularly on theoretical and numerical modelling of geomaterials, micro-geomechanics, soil-structure interaction & foundation engineering, in-situ soil testing, and pavement & railway geotechnics. Throughout his academic career, Professor Yu has also worked with many leading institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Austria, and Italy.

Professor Yu has published two research monographs and over 240 refereed papers in leading international journals and conferences. He has successfully supervised many sponsored research projects and over 50 PhD students and postdoctoral research fellows. His research excellence is recognised internationally with many prestigious awards and prizes that he has received, which include the Telford Gold Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2000, the 1st James K Mitchell Lecturer of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in 2004, the Outstanding Contribution Medal of the International Association of Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics in 2014, and the BGA Medal of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) in 2015.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011 for outstanding personal engineering achievement.