Honors and Awards

  • 5th IPA Research Grant Award, the International Press-in Association, December 2014

  • 4th IPA Research Grant Award, the International Press-in Association, December 2012

  • Best Presentation Award, 1st International Conference on Utility Management and Safety, Hong Kong, 3rd March 2009

  • 2nd IPA Research Grant Award, the International Press-in Association, December 2008

  • 1st Prize, Civil Engineering Papers of the Year Award 2008, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

  • Peter H.K. Chan Award 2001 for the Best Environmental Paper, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

  • Best Technical Paper 2000, Binnie Black & Veatch Hong Kong Limited

  • Samuel Arnold Greeley Award 1999, the American Society of Civil Engineers

  • Texas Section ASCE Civil Engineering Paper Award 1997 (Environmental)

  • Texas Section ASCE Civil Engineering Paper Award 1997 (Geotechnical)

  • Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award 1996, the American Society of Civil Engineers

  • Texas Section ASCE Civil Engineering Paper Award 1996 (Materials)

  • Listed in 2008 Edition of the Asia Pacific Directory of Academics

  • Listed in Marquis Who's Who in Asia, since 1st Edition, 2007

  • Listed in IBC Leading Engineers of the World 2007

  • Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, since 15th Edition, 1998

  • Listed in Marquis Who's Who in Finance and Industry, since 30th Edition, 1998

  • Listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, since 51st Edition, 1997

  • Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the South and Southwest, since 25th Edition, 1997

  • Listed in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, since 3rd Edition, 1996

  • Listed in Sterling Who's Who, Executive Edition, since 1995-1996

  • Listed in Strathmore's Who's Who Registry of Business Leaders, since 1995/1996

  • A 1995 Clay Minerals Society Student Research Grant awarded to my advisee, Dr. Cheng-non Hsu

  • The Kumagai Prize 1994, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, for the best paper on geotechnical engineering submitted by a young engineer below the age of 35

  • Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award 1994, the American Society for Engineering Education

  • A 1994 Clay Minerals Society Student Research Grant awarded to my advisee, Dr. Jianqing Xu

  • Texas Engineering Experiment Station Select Young Faculty Award 1993

  • 3rd Prize of the Best Environmental Award of Year 1992, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, for the best paper on environmental engineering submitted by a young engineer below the age of 35

  • Research Initiation Award, U.S. National Science Foundation 1992-1995

  • U.S. Delegate, U.S.-China Workshop on Cooperative Research in Geotechnical Engineering, sponsored by the National Science Foundation of the U.S. and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Shanghai, China, 8th-11th September 1992

  • The Earth Technology Corporation Fellowship 1987‑1989

  • The Rotary Foundation International Graduate Scholarship 1984‑1985

  • The French Government Scholarship 1982-1984 (awarded but not accepted)

  • Recipient, the Hsin Chong K.N. Godfrey Yeh Bursaries Education Fund 1981‑1982, The University of Hong Kong

  • The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Prize 1981