People

We are always looking for students with strong physics and mechanics background to join my multidisciplinary research group. Students can choose to study either in the Geotechnical Engineering track or the Engineering Science track in the CEAE department. The former focus more on applying geomechanics to geotechnical and energy geotech problems. The Engineering Science track focus more on the physics of porous and granular materials with the goal of advancing fundamental science. Those interested can send their detailed resume to Yida.Zhang@Colorado.edu. The email should include a brief description of research background and interests.

The deadline for graduate student applications is typically in early December. More information on the graduate student application process can be found on the Department website. Graduate student applicants are also encouraged apply for external fellowships, such as those available from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Open positions

  1. Funded PhD position on poromechanics for Spring/Fall 2022.

  2. Funded PhD position on polymer-bonded granular materials for Spring/Fall 2022 (U.S. Citizenship required).

Faculty

Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics

Email: yida.zhang@colorado.edu Tel: +1 303-492-0962


Current students

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Jan. 2022 - current

Ph.D., June. 2019 - Dec. 2021.

  • Mechanics of adsorption-deformation coupling in microporous solids;

  • Role of surface forces in subcritical fracture propagation

Yuxuan Wen

Doctoral student, Aug. 2018 - Current

  • Critical fabric theory for the quasi-static mechanical behavior of granular materials

  • Critical fabric surface in pre- and post- liquefaction regime of granular soils

Andrea Tyrrell

Master student, Jan. 2021 - Current

  • Thermo-triaxial testing on Mancos Shale

Alumni

Mitul Sisodiya

Ph.D., Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2021

  • Caisson drilling fluid interaction with clay-bearing bedrocks

  • Directional microcrack damage theory for brittle rocks under THMC loading

Xiang Zhou

Ph.D., Aug. 2016 - June. 2021

  • Effect of grain breakage on the hydromechanical performance of rockfill dams

  • THMC modeling of underground nuclear waste repositories

  • Finite element implementation of adsorption-deformation coupling in fractured coals

Shubjot Singh

M.S., Sept. 2018 - Aug. 2020

  • Grain crushing and permeability reduction of tailing underflow materials

  • Numerical simulation of wetting-induced reduction of caisson capacity

Andrew Joseph Philpott

M.S., Jan. 2017 - June 2018

  • Design of a one-dimensional soil column device for gas-water flow under blast loading

Joon Soo Park

M.S., Jan. 2017 - April 2018

  • Grain size evolution of coarse sand under high-pressure isotropic compression

Rebecca Scheetz

M.S., Jan. 2017 - July 2017

  • Numerical Simulations of Two-Phase Flow in Rigid Porous Media

Visiting scholars

Zheng Hu

Visiting student, Zhejiang University, China (9. 2017-9. 2018)

Now Assistant Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

  • Micromechanics of suffusion in gap-graded soils and its mechanical consequences