Curriculum Vitae

Sheng Dai

Associate Professor & Group Coordinator
Geosystems Engineering
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Sheng Dai, Ph.D., P.E., is an associate professor in geosystems engineering at Georgia Tech. After graduating with Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, he worked as an ORISE postdoc at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, before joining the faculty in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2015. He is an affiliated faculty in the Ocean Science and Engineering program, the Strategic Energy Institute, and holds a courtesy appointment at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Dai's research group strives to advance the fundamental understanding and predictive capabilities of subsurface geomechanics for energy recovery and geological storage of waste materials. His group develops novel experimental and numerical techniques to study geomaterials and geomechanics at elevated pressure and temperature conditions. Current projects in the group include hydrate-bearing sediments, microbial effects in porous media, bio-inspired drilling, granular flow of compressible particles, and seismic signal processing. His research has been funded by DOE, NSF, NASA, NETL, IDOT, 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, Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, and Advances in Geo-Energy Research, 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. 


  • Ph.D., MSCE, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MS, BS, Tongji University

Research Interests

  • Energy geotechnics (gas hydrate, enhanced geothermal systems, carbon sequestration)
  • Fluid flow and heat transfer in porous media
  • Subsurface signals and wave propagation
  • Granular flow testing and modeling
  • Bio-inspired geotechnics for subsurface drilling and sensing


  • 2021, Appreciation Award, Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment
  • 2020, NSF CAREER Award
  • 2017, Spotlight of Research, featured in Fire in the Ice Newsletter, NETL/DOE
  • 2017, Bill Schutz Junior Faculty Teaching Award, CEE/Georgia Tech
  • 2016, Class of 1969 Teaching Fellows, Georgia Tech
  • 2015, Pressure Core Advisory Board, US Geological Survey, US Department of Interior
  • 2014, ORISE Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy
  • 2013, ORISE Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy
  • 2013, George F. Sowers Distinguished Graduate Student Award, Geosystems/Georgia Tech


  1. Lu, Y., Jin, W., Klinger, J., Westover, T., & Dai, S. (2021). Flow characterization of compressible biomass particles using multiscale experiments and a hypoplastic model. Powder Technology. 383:396-409.
  2. Won, J., Jeong, B., Lee, J., Dai, S., & Burns, S. E. (2021). Facilitation of microbially induced calcite precipitation with kaolinite nucleation. Géotechnique, 1-7.
  3. Cheng, Zhilin, Zhengfu Ning, and Sheng Dai. "The electroviscous flow of non-Newtonian fluids in microtubes and implications for nonlinear flow in porous media." Journal of Hydrology 590 (2020): 125224.
  4. Johnson, A. M., Huard, D. J., Kim, J., Raut, P., Dai, S., Lieberman, R. L., & Glass, J. B. (2020). Mainly on the Plane: Deep Subsurface Bacterial Proteins Bind and Alter Clathrate Structure. Crystal growth & design, 20(10), 6290-6295.
  5. Li, G., Zhan, L., Yun, T., & Dai, S. (2020). Pore‐scale controls on the gas and water transport in hydrate‐bearing sediments. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(12), e2020GL086990.
  6. Kim, J., Zhang, Y., Seol, Y., & Dai, S. (2020). Particle crushing in hydrate-bearing sands. Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, 23, 100133.


  1. Zhao, Y., Jeong, B., Kang, D. H., & Dai, S. (2020). Impacts of motile Escherichia coli on air-water surface tension. In E3S Web of Conferences (Vol. 205, p. 08003). EDP Sciences.pore-scale numerical investigation. The 8th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2018, Hangzhou, China.
  2. Kim, J., Zhang, H., Seol, Y., & Dai, S. (2020). Impacts of hydrate on the lateral stress in sediments. In E3S Web of Conferences (Vol. 205, p. 11006). EDP Sciences.
  3. Jeong, B., Zhao, Y., Kang, D. H., & Dai, S. (2020). An experimental study of the effect of motile bacteria on the fluid displacement in porous media. In E3S Web of Conferences (Vol. 205, p. 08008). EDP Sciences.

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