Principal Investigator

Ir Dr. Denvid LAU

Associate Professor
Office: B6410, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building,
City University of Hong Kong.
Phone: 3442 6829

denvid.lau(at)cityu(dot)edu(dot)hk
 
Education
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
M.Phil., The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
B.Eng., 1st Class Honors, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
 
Research Interests
Denvid’s research focuses on mechanics and design of structures and innovative materials. His work includes behavior and design of concrete structures, durability of materials, interface fracture mechanics, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural rehabilitation, tree defect detection and repair. His recent research focus also includes multi-scale analysis of multi-layer material systems using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.
 
Professional Affiliations

Founding Member, Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong (YASHK)
Member, American Society in Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Civil Discipline
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Senior Member, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)

 
Services

Editorial Board Member:
Nanotechnology Reviews [2020 Impact Factor: 7.848] (Jan 2019 - Present)
Multiscale Science and Engineering (Jan 2019 - Present)
Coupled Systems Mechanics (Mar 2017 - Present)
Multiscale & Multiphysics Mechanics (Aug 2015 - Present)
Composites Part B: Engineering (Dec 2016 - May 2019)

Reviewer Editor:
Structural Materials - Frontiers (Jan 2015 - July 2019)

Reviewer:
Applied Surface Science
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
BioResources
Carbohydrate Polymers
Composite Structures
Composites Science and Technology
Computational Materials Science
Computers and Concrete
Construction and Building Materials
Construction Innovation
Engineering Structures
Energy and Buildings
International Journal of Damage Mechanics
International Journal of Materials Science and Applications
International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment
Journal of Composites for Construction, ASCE
Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE
Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE
Journal of Materials Science
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Journal of Molecular Modeling
Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
Journal of the American Ceramic Society
Journal of Vibration and Control
Materials

Materials & Design
Mathematical and Computational Applications
Measurement

Measurement Science and Technology
Nanoscale
Nature Communicaitions
Optics and Laser Technology
Physica B Condensed Matter
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Polymers
Proceedings of the ICE - Structures and Buildings
Progress in Organic Coatings
Science Advances
Scientific Reports
Sensors
Smart Materials and Structures
Structural Health Monitoring
Thin Solid Films
Wood Science and Technology

Conference Committee:
SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2014 in San Diego
SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2015 in San Diego
SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2016 in Las Vegas
CICE 2016 in Hong Kong
SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2017 in Portland

SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2018 in Denver
SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2019 in Denver
SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2020, 2021 Online
SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2022 in Long Beach


International Scientific Committee:
ISERCI 2017, Wollongong, Australia

Symposium Chair:
Infrastructure Composites, ICCE-25, Rome, Italy

Professional Organisation:
Secretary, American Society in Civil Engineers (ASCE) Hong Kong Section (Dec 2014 - Nov 2015)
Director, ASCE Hong Kong Section (Nov 2013 - Nov 2014, Dec 2015 - Present)

Government Service:

Alternate Member, Advisory Committee on Barrier Free Access, HKSAR (Aug 2013 - July 2015)
Member, Advisory Panel on Vetting of Amusement Games / Machines, HKSAR (Dec 2014 - Present)
Member, Technical Committee on the Code of Practice for Structural Use of Concrete, HKSAR (Dec 2017 - Present)
Member, Technical Committee on the Code of Practice for Precast Concrete Construction, HKSAR (Jan 2021 - Present)

 
Experience
Jan 2020 - Jul 2020 Visiting Professor at MIT
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012 Postdoctoral Associate at MIT
  IST Group, LAMM Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisors: Prof. Oral Buyukozturk, Prof. Markus J. Buehler
Fall 2008, Fall 2011 Lecturing at MIT
  two lectures on fracture mechanics, creep and shrinkage
one lecture on yield line theory
Fall 2008 - Spring 2010 Teaching Assistant at MIT
  1.036 Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Design
1.054/1.541 Mechanics and Design of Concrete Structures
2.081/16.230 Plates and Shells
2.096/6.336/16.910 Introduction to Numerical Simulation
Fall 2009 - Spring 2012 Research Assistant at MIT
  IST Group, LAMM Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisors: Prof. Oral Buyukozturk, Prof. Markus J. Buehler
 
Selected Honors and Awards
2021 Outstanding Supervisor Award
  City University of Hong Kong
2018 Commendation Merit Award – R&D Award of Structural Excellence Award 2018
  The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Structural Division
2018 The President's Award (TPA)
  City University of Hong Kong
2018 Young Engineer of the Year Award 2018 - Certificate of Merit
  The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)
2015 Finalist, Young Innovator for Local Academia
  Construction Industry Council (CIC)
2013 Recognized as Top Author
  Construction and Building Materials
Fall 2011 Harvey Fellowship
  Mustard Seed Foundation
Summer 2011 EMI 2011 Student Poster Award
  Top 15 posters in the Student Poster Competition at the 2011 Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference
Summer 2010 GSC Travel Grant Award
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fall 2007 Marvin E. Goody Award
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fall 2006 - Spring 2009 Croucher Scholarship for Doctoral Study
  Croucher Foundation
Fall 2005 - Spring 2006 DuPont Scholarship
  The University of Hong Kong
Fall 2004 - Spring 2006 Swire Scholarship and Swire Travel Grant
  The University of Hong Kong
Fall 2003 - Spring 2004 Dean Honors List in the Faculty of Engineering
  The University of Hong Kong
Fall 2003 - Spring 2004 Li Pai-lin Prize in Civil Engineering
  The University of Hong Kong
Fall 2001 - Spring 2002 Hip Hing Scholarship
  The University of Hong Kong
Fall 2001 - Spring 2002 MCU Tertiary Scholarship
  MTR Corporation, Hong Kong