Nottingham Pro-Vice-Chancellor wins top international research award

01 Oct 2014 12:43:49.477
A Pro-Vice-Chancellor from The University of Nottingham, who specialises in Geotechnical Engineering, has won a prestigious international award in recognition of his outstanding and sustained research contributions in the field of Geomechanics.
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Professor Hai-Sui Yu, FREng, founding director of the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics (NCG), and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham, has been awarded the Outstanding Contributions Award by the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG). This award is given every three years, and represents the highest honour given by the IACMAG.

The Outstanding Contributions award was announced during the 14th international conference of the IACMAG in Kyoto, Japan. Almost 500 delegates from around the world were in attendance.

As a world leader in the field, Professor Yu was selected to receive the award for his 'outstanding and seminal research contributions in Geomechanics, particularly in the areas of cavity expansion methods, plasticity theory and micromechanics for constitutive modelling of geomaterials, in-situ soil testing, geotechnical stability and shakedown analysis, and pavement soil mechanics.’

During the awarding ceremony, Professor Yu was presented with a medal and a certificate by Professor John Carter, President of IACMAG.

Professor Yu said: “I feel extremely delighted and honoured to have been awarded this top international accolade; I am very grateful to the awards committee and the Board of IACMAG for selecting me. This is the result of some 30 years of continuous research, together with my students and co-workers in the field of Geomechanics.

“It is really nice to see our years of hard work recognised by the international community in this way, and I would like to thank all of my colleagues and co-workers for their support and contributions over the years.”

Geomechanics is a fundamental subject concerned with the behaviour of earth and granular materials such as soil and rock, when subjected to loading and external environmental changes. It underpins much of the practice and design in many engineering disciplines including civil engineering, mining engineering, environmental engineering, offshore and resource engineering, highway engineering, oil and petroleum engineering, and powder technology and chemical engineering.


For further information please contact: Jessica Lewis, Assistant to Professor Hai-Sui Yu on or phone +44 (0)115 82 32487.

The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World’s Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at the University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future.

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For further details, please contact Jessica Lewis, on +44(0)115 82 32487
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