Smart Modeling Geomechanics Lab.


Welcome to our research group "Smart Modeling Geomechanics Lab." at McMaster University. The ultimate goal of our research is to develop advanced engineering technologies with emphasis on sustainable development and resilient system for infrastructure, energy, environment, and societal needs.

Our research group specializes in computational geomechanics, multiphysics and multiscale modeling of natural and engineering systems, with particular emphasis on coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in porous media. Our research involves building and implementing computationally efficient and robust algorithms by leveraging theoretical and computational framework to predict how multiphase solids interact with diverse influences such as stress, deformation, heat source, chemical species, and fluid flows. In addition, our research interests encompass how material instabilities such as strain localization, soil liquefaction, damage, and fracture occur and impact across different spatial and temporal scales.


  • Computational Geomechanics / Geotechnical Engineering

  • Multiphysics and Multiscale Modeling of Porous Media

  • Stable and Consistent Mixed Finite Element Formulation

  • Material Heterogeneity and Inverse Optimization Problems

  • Resilient Infrastructure and Materials Exposed to Extreme Environments

  • Computational Data-driven Mechanics using Machine Learning

  • Efficient, Scalable, and Robust Algorithm / Scientific Parallel Computing


  • Our research group is please to welcome a new PhD student, Libin Tang. Welcome, Libin! (May, 2021)

  • PhD student Ehsan Motevali Haghighi successfully passed his Comprehensive Exam - Part A. Congratulations, Ehsan! (February 11, 2021)

  • Our research group is pleased to welcome a new PhD student, Yongfan Guo. Welcome, Yongfan! (January, 2021)

  • PhD student Mahyar Malekzade Kebria successfully passed his Comprehensive Exam - Part A. Congratulations, Mahyar! (October 6, 2020)

  • Our research group's new website is now launched! (September 2020)