Dr. Wong, Louis N.Y.

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Dr. Wong, Louis

Associate Professor / Director, Master of Science in the field of Applied Geosciences and Postgraduate Diploma in Earth Sciences

Dr Louis Wong obtained his BSc degree in Earth Sciences from the same Department in 1999 under the Stephen Kam Chuen Cheung Memorial Scholarship, and PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering from MIT under the Croucher Foundation Scholarship and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies. His teaching and research interests are in engineering geology, rock mechanics and underground engineering. The recent projects focus on (1) thermal effects on the mechanical properties of rocks, (2) relationship between fracture toughness and rock brittleness, (3) enhancing the grain-based modeling approach to numerically study rock deformation. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment (Springer), while also serving the editorial boards of Engineering Geology (Elsevier), Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (Springer) and Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (Elsevier). 

Dr Wong was previously an Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair (Academic) in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He also worked as a consulting tunnel engineer at CDM in the USA and completed the Engineering Geology Graduate (EGG) training with the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO). Dr. Wong won the Richard Wolter’s Prize 2014 from the IAEG (International Association of Engineering Geology and Environment), and a Best Paper Award in the Journal “Computer and Geotechnics” (Elsevier) in 2017. Dr. Wong’s achievements in and contributions to teaching earned him the Nanyang Education Award at NTU for the academic year 2012/13.

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EASC3413    Engineering geology
EASC3414    Soil and rock mechanics
EASC6003    Geophysical techniques
GEOS7012    Site investigation and engineering geological techniques (Course Coordinator)
GEOS7015    Rock Mechanics
GEOS8005    Field Testing and Instrumentation in Engineering Geology
GEOS8102    Rock engineering and geomaterials

Selected Publications

  1. Peng, J., Wong, L.N.Y.* and Teh, C.I. (2017) “Influence of grain size heterogeneity on strength and micro-cracking behavior of crystalline rocks”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth., 122(2), pp 1054-1073, doi: 10.1002/2016JB013469
  2. Li, Z., Wong, L.N.Y.* and Teh, C.I. (2017) “Low cost colorimetry for assessment of fire damage in rock”, Engineering Geology, 228, pp 50-60.
  3. Cheng, Y., Wong, L.N.Y.* and Maruvanchery, V. (2016) “Transgranular crack nucleation in Carrara marble of brittle failure”, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 49(8), pp 3069-3082.
  4. Gao, Y. and Wong, L.N.Y.* (2015) "A modified correlation between roughness parameter Z₂ and JRC", Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 48(1), pp 387-396.
  5. Wu, Z. and Wong, L.N.Y.* (2014) "Extension of Numerical manifold method for coupled fluid flow and fracturing problems", International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 38(16), pp1990-2008.