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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzkLQVqA6HFu_mdDTw6PQ4w

PI: Yida Zhang (张迤达)


  • 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)

  • Poromechanics considering surface effect

  • Micromechanics of granular materials

  • Numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering and energy geotechnics

Service and Affiliations

  • Poromechanics committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE: Member (5/21 – present)

  • Granular materials committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE: Member (6/17 – present)

  • Modeling Inelasticity and Multiscale Behavior of the EMI of ASCE: Member (5/18 – present)

  • Unsaturated Soils committee of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Member (9/16 – present)

  • Underground Storage and Utilization committee of the ARMA: Member (7/20 – Present)

  • Editorial Board Member of Géotechnique Letters (9/18 – present)

  • Conference Session Chair

o Numerical Modeling of Civil Rock Engineering Projects, with Seunghee Kim, ARMA 2018, Seattle, June 2018.

o Multiscale geomechanics, with Jesse Hampton, ARMA 2019, New York, June 2019.

o Numerical Modeling in Rock Mechanics focused on Civil Engineering Projects, with Xiaoyu Song, ARMA 2020, Golden, June 2020.

  • Conference Track lead

o Special topics, with Michelle Lee Barry and Marco Salviato, EMI 2019, Caltech, June 2019.

o Interdisciplinary track, with Shugang Wang, ARMA 2021, Houston, June 2021

  • Proposal review:

National Science Foundation (NSF) - Geotechnical Engineering and Materials, NSF- Fluid Dynamics, NSF - Geophysics, NSF - Particulate & Multiphase Process, NSF - Major Research Instrumentation, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)- Basic Energy Sciences - Geosciences Program, American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund (PRF), Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC).

  • Journal article review:

Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Geophysical Research Letters, Géotechnique, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Computers and Geotechnics, Granular Matter, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Geotechnical Testing Journal, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, Engineering Geology, Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, Mechanics Research Communications.