Dr. Ryan W.M. YAN is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He received all his degrees (BEng, MPhil and PhD) in civil engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prior to joining HKU, he has been a Research Fellow, Visiting Scholar, and Assistant Professor at HKUST, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany and the University of Macau, respectively for a total of 6 years. His current research interests include experimental characterization, constitutive and numerical modelling of geomaterials, application of Bayesian analysis to geotechnical engineering, soil-structure interaction as well as field monitoring. He is currently the President-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Hong Kong Section) and is also serving as a committee member of the Geotechnical Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. His Master Thesis titled "Three-dimensional Modelling of Diaphragm Wall Installation" was awarded the Best Master Thesis presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers (Hong Kong Section) in 2000. He has received the ICACM Young Investigator Award presented by the International Chinese Association for Computational Mechanics in 2013.


Ir Dr. Albert T. YEUNG is on the civil engineering faculty of The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE), a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers of U.K. (FICE), and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE). He received his BSc(Eng) in civil engineering from HKU with first class honors, MS and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Professor James K. Mitchell. He is a Registered Professional Engineer of Hong Kong in civil, environmental, and geotechnical disciplines (RPE), a Chartered Engineer of U.K. (CEng), and a Registered Professional Engineer of Texas (PE).

Before his return to Hong Kong in 1998, he was on the civil engineering faculty of Northeastern University in Boston and Texas A&M University in College Station for a total of more than 7 years. He was also a Research Assistant Engineer of Texas Transportation Institute for 8 years. After his return to Hong Kong, he served as Chief Engineer of Binnie Black & Veatch Hong Kong Limited (a subsidiary of Black & Veatch of Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.A.), and Assistant Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Hong Kong HKSAR Government before his return to academia in 2003.

He has more than a hundred and ninety publications to his credit. His notable awards include the IPA Research Grant Awards of the International Press-in Association 2008, 2012 and 2014; the 1st Prize of Civil Engineering Papers of the Year Award 2008 of HKIE; the Peter H.K. Chan Award 2001 for the Best Environmental Paper of HKIE; the Samuel Arnold Greeley Award 1999 of ASCE; the Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award 1996 of ASCE; the Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award 1994 of the American Society for Engineering Education; the Texas Engineering Experiment Station Select Young Faculty Award 1993; the Kumagai Prize 1994 of HKIE; among many others.

He is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council which is composed of 12 civil engineering member societies worldwide. He is also the Chair of the ASCE Region 10 (International Region) Assembly. He is serving on the Editorial Board of Geomechanics and Geoengineering: An International Journal. He is now serving as the Senior Vice President of the Community & Construction Professionals' Development Centre in Hong Kong. He is an External Examiner of The Open University of Hong Kong, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi), and the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong. He is serving the Review Panel under Land (Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance of the Highways Department of the HKSAR Government; and the Technical Committee for the Code of Practice for Site Supervision of the Buildings Department of the HKSAR Government. Moreover, he has been serving as engineering consultant to many government departments, consultants, contractors and lawyers in Hong Kong and Macau.