Our group does research in geotechnical engineering and geomechanics, focusing on the fundamental behaviors of geomaterials under mechanical loading and multiphysical impacts. The long-term goal of our research team is to providing mechanistic-based bottom-up solutions to the emerging geomechanical challenges and infrastructural needs of our society. Please explore our site for recent news, publications, and presentations.

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yida_Zhang3

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1505-6678


  • Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China Civil and Environmental Eng. B.S., 2010
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Civil and Environmental Eng. M.S., 2012
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Civil and Environmental Eng. Ph.D., 2016

Academic Appointments

  • 2016-Current: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Eng., Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO.
  • 2012-2016: Doctoral Researcher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Research Interests

  • Constitutive modeling of geomaterials (soil, rock) interacting with environmental factors (adsorption, dissolution, elevated temperature)
  • Micromechanics of granular materials
  • Unsaturated soil behaviors
  • Numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering and energy geotechnics

Service and Affiliations

  • Committee member of the Unsaturated Soils of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Granular materials and Modeling Inelasticity and Multiscale Behavior of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE.
  • Reviewer for the following journals: Géotechnique, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Geotechnical Testing Journal, Computers and Geotechnics, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics.
  • Member of the Editorial Panel of Géotechnique Letters.