Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2012M.S., Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2008B.S., Civil Engineering, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, 2006

"We speak sciences, technologies, truths, and our minds. We live on experiments, theories, facts, and wild guesses. We must dare to stand on the shoulders of giants and change the world towards a better future."

Professor Liu’s research interests include soil mechanics, foundation engineering, Artificial Intelligence (AI), numerical simulations, and other topics in classical mechanics. His research interests are integrated for being more collaborative (multiphysics), more focused (multiscale), and more intelligent (AI). The scope covers both traditional geotechnical applications, such as unsaturated soil mechanics, geohazards, energy geotechnics and advanced geomaterials, and more interdisciplinary innovations, such as intelligent geosystems (for smart cities and cyber-physical systems), system resilience improvements, and “big data” solutions for intelligent geosystems and transportation systems. His research has many direct applications in infrastructure safety, energy resources, environment protection, and advanced materials.


  • Underground Construction Association (UCA) Civil Underground Curriculum Fellow 2022
  • AASHTO Sweet 16 Award 2021
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellow 2016

Research Interests

  • Multiphysics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data analytics in engineering
  • Soil mechanics and labs
  • Foundation engineering
  • Numerical simulations (FEM, FDM)

Courses Taught

  • Statics
  • Multiphysics
  • Artificial Intelligence for Engineers
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Foundation Design
  • Senior Design
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Soil Behavior
  • Special Topics (Field Instrumentation)