Hejian "Patrick" Zhu

Assistant Professor
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I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I did my Ph.D. in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2023. I also hold a Bachelor of Engineering (2016) from the University of Hong Kong. I study the mechanical properties of civil engineering materials across time and length scales through multiscale modeling approaches, aiming at enhancing and strengthening clay and other natural geomaterials to support greener civil engineering construction practice. Overall I am interested in understanding the micro- and meso-scale mechanisms and origins behind the macroscopic mechanical and multiphysical behaviours of porous materials and mesostructured materials in general.


Multiscale and multiphysical modelling of geomaterials

Clay science and sustainable civil engineering materials

Mechanics and thermodynamics of porous materials

Mesoscopically structured noval materials

Distinctions & Awards

Maseeh Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT 2019

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives-France Grant, MIT 2017

Goldberg-Zoino Fellowship, MIT 2016