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Jian-Hua Yin received a BEng degree in 1983 in a university (later merged with Chongqing University) in Chinese Mainland, an MSc degree from Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1984, and a PhD from The University of Manitoba, Canada in 1990. Dr Yin has a mix of industrial and academic experiences. After worked in consulting firms and a research center, he joined Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 1995 as an Assistant Professor. He has been Chair Professor of Soil Mechanics of PolyU since 2014. Professor Yin has a good track record in research and has played a leading role in development of advanced soil testing equipment, innovative fiber optical sensors, establishing large-scale multi-purpose physical modeling facilities for studying geo-hazards and soft soils, organization of regional and international conferences. Professor Yin serves as a Vice-President of International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), a Co-Editor of International Journal of Geomechanics (ASCE, USA), and a Co-Editor of Geomechanics and Geoengineering (UK). He has received the honours of the prestigious “John Booker Medal” in 2008, “Chandra S. Desai Excellence Award” in 2011, and “Outstanding Contributions Medal” in 2017 from all IACMAG. He received 2000 “Mao Yi-Sheng Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Youth Award” (茅以升土力學及基礎工程青年獎) and delivered the high-status 2011 “Huang Wenxi Lecture” (黃文熙講座) in Chinese Mainland. He obtained 2016 Natural Science Award (first-class) (ranked 2nd) and 2019 Natural Science Award by the Ministry of Education of China (second-class) (ranked 1st).

Research interests

  • Testing Study and Constitutive Modelling of Behaviour of Soils;
  • Soft Soil Improvement and Slope Stabilization;
  • Smart Monitoring of Geotechnical Structures Using Optical Fibre Sensors;
  • Analyses of Consolidation Settlements and Geotechnical Structures


  • BEng subjects and Final Year Projects (FYP) in Geotechnical Engineering;
  • MSc subjects and Dissertations in Geotechnical Engineering;
  • PhD subjects and Thesis in Geotechnical Engineering.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering, Chongqing Jiaotong Institute

Master of Science, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manitoba


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