Zheng, Dr. Wenbo

Dr. Wenbo Zheng
PhD University of British Columbia, MSc Tongji University (China), PEng EGBC Assistant Professor
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Wenbo Zheng is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Northern British Columbia since September 2020. Wenbo received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, and a master's degree and a bachelor's degree from Tongji University in China, all in civil engineering with a focus on geotechnical engineering. Before joining UNBC, he was a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia, and held an international exchange fellowship at the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan. Wenbo's research interests lie in geomechanics that applies to a broad spectrum of geo-resource and geohazard issues, including sand proppant crushing/embedment in shale gas extraction, slope stability/landslides, and tunnelling. His current research focuses on integrating advanced laboratory characterization (e.g. x-ray CT) with computational geomechanics (e.g. discrete element modelling) to understand the fundamental behaviours of geomaterials and their implication to engineering applications. Wenbo has actively participated in collaborating with industrial partners and other research institutions abroad.

Research and Expertise

Develop and improve our ability to effectively extract geo-resources and mitigate induced geohazards by integrating geomechanics with geofluid.

Research Fields:
  • Energy
  • Natural Hazards
  • Natural Resources
Areas of Expertise:

Geomechanics, Granular Materials, Rock-Proppant Interaction, Discrete Element Modelling, Slope Stability/landslides

Languages Spoken:
  • Chinese
  • English
Available to supervise graduate students
Supervises in:
  • PhD NRES
  • MSc NRES
  • MEng
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications

Dr. Wenbo Zheng's publications on Google Scholar