Sheng Dai

Associate Professor & Group Coordinator
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Sheng Dai, Ph.D., P.E., earned his degrees from Tongji University and Georgia Tech. He then worked as an ORISE postdoc in the Predictive Geosciences Division at the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, and returned to Georgia Tech as a faculty member in 2015. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ocean Science and Engineering. and holds a courtesy appointment at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Dai's group addresses emerging energy and environment challenges through studying subsurface geomechanics, geomaterials characterization, energy geotechnics, bio-inspired geotechnics, flow in porous media, and granular dynamics. His research has been funded by DOE, NSF, NASA, NETL, DOT, AECOM, and Leidos.  Dr. Dai has been recognized for his research and teaching, including being a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, ORISE Fellowship, the Bill Schutz Junior Faculty Teaching Award, and the Class of 1969 Teaching Fellows at Georgia Tech.

He is an associated editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth and Advances in Geo-Energy Research, an editorial advisor of Geomechanics for Energy and Environment, and serves on the Pressure Core Advisory Board for U.S. Geological Survey, the GOM2 Marine Test Technical Advisory Committee for UT/DOE, the National Gas Hydrate Program for NETL, and the Task Force Leader of TC308 Energy Geotechnics of ISSMGE. 


Geomaterials characterization , Energy geotechnics (hydrate, geothermal, carbon, and biomass system design and modeling) , Flow in porous media , Bio-inspired geotechnics , Advanced lab and field testing , Subsurface geomechanics and sensing