Dr. Wong, Louis N.Y.

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Dr. Wong, Louis

Associate Professor / Director, Master of Science in the field of Applied Geosciences

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 in 2008 under the Croucher Foundation Scholarship and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies. 

The teaching and research interests of Dr Wong are in engineering geology, rock mechanics and underground engineering. He is the 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). As of July 2021, he has published over 120 refereed journal papers. He is listed in the “HKU Scholars in the Top 1%” in 2019 and 2020 in recognition of the top 1% worldwide by citations in at least one of the 22 research fields.


Dr Wong is a Co-opted Council Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Hong Kong Branch; Co-opted of the HKIE Geotechnical Division Committee, Hong Kong Regional Group representative in the Council of the International Association of Engineering Geology and Environment (IAEG), and Technical Assessor of the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS). 

Dr Wong was previously 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 from the IAEG (2014), Best Paper Award from the Journal Computer and Geotechnics (2017), and Best Paper Award in the 53rd US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium (2019). Dr. Wong’s achievements in and contributions to teaching earned him the Nanyang Education Award at NTU for the academic year 2012/13.

Prospective students:

PhD openings are available. Applicants should possess a Bachelor's degree with First or Second Class Honours (or equivalent GPA) in Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering or a related subject. Visit the following website for details on Scholarship, Funding and Fees. 

Current Projects:

• 3D cracking behavior of rocks under true triaxial stress conditions: mechanistic modeling and investigations
• Unstable propagation of three-dimensional wing crack
• Assessment of microstructural and temperature effects on fracturing behavior of granite
• Computer vision-based rock type classification
• Seismological hypocenter location by artificial intelligence (AI)
• Rock strengthening mechanisms upon heating

Google Scholar:
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EASC3413    Engineering geology
EASC3414    Soil and rock mechanics
GEOS7015    Rock Mechanics
GEOS8102    Rock engineering and geomaterials

Selected Publications

  1. Wong, L. N. Y., & Cui, X.* (2021) DDFS3D: A set of open-source codes leveraging hybrid 3D displacement discontinuity method and fictitious stress method to simulate fractures. Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 131, pp146-158.
  2. Wong, L.N.Y., Guo, T.Y.*, Wu, Z., & Xiao, X. (2021) How do thermally induced microcracks alter microcracking mechanisms in Hong Kong granite? Engineering Geology, 106268.
  3. Wong, L.N.Y., Zhang, Y.* and Wu, Z. (2020) “Rock strengthening or weakening upon heating in the mild temperature range?”, Engineering Geology, 272.
  4. Zhang, Y., Wong, L.N.Y.* and Chan K.K. (2019) “An extended grain-based model accounting for microstructures in rock deformation”, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 124(1), pp125-148.
  5. Wong, L.N.Y.*, Lai, V.S.K. and Tam, T.P.Y. (2018) “Joint spacing distribution of granites in Hong Kong”, Engineering Geology, 245, 120-129.