Seminar Announcement 2021/03/11: SDGs Oriented Smart Geoengineering Techniques: Mitigating Geohazard

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Seminar Speaker: Dr. Ching Hung
Title: SDGs Oriented Smart Geoengineering Techniques: Mitigating Geohazards
Date:2021/03/11 (Thursday) 3:30 pm – 5:20pm
Location Engineering 5 Building B1 International Conference Hall

Continuous global environmental change, leading to extreme rainfall and frequent earthquakes, has played an important role in recent geohazard activities, and the associated landslides and disasters would cause major damages directly/indirectly. Noting that extreme events are becoming the new normal, geohazard activities will become more frequent and disruptive. To mitigate the damages, analyses of geohazards under the new norm will require interdisciplinary ideas and sparks that populated by cross-field approaches. In this presentation, the concept of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be briefly discussed through an inspiring workshop organized by the presenter at the NCKU last November. Following that, a combined numerical method, including the FEM and DEM, will be introduced and applied to fully evaluated landslides' initiation and failure mechanism. Two case histories, located in Kumamoto Prefecture (Japan) and Kaohsiung (Taiwan), triggered by earthquakes and heavy rainfalls, respectively, are discussed to show the benefit of applying such method.     

Dr. Ching Hung is currently an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of Internationalization Division, Office of International Affairs, at the National Cheng Kung University. In 2018, he has been recognized for a promising early career development and was awarded the Young Scholar Fellowship, funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education, Taiwan; in 2019, he is the recipient of the ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture award and was invited to deliver a keynote lecture in the 16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He has served as a Lead Guest Editor and Editorial Board Member for various journals, and has edited special issues on investigating and documenting geohazards as well as large-scale landslides. He currently serves as a managing editor for the Journal of GeoEngineering. Dr. Hung received his PhD in Geomechanics from Columbia University in 2013. During his study, he has been awarded a Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, the NASA National Space Grant Fellowship, the NSF Student Fellowship, and the ISSMGE Foundation Grant. His research interests include geohazards and geosynthetic reinforced soil structures (GRSS), based on integrations of field exploration, numerical simulation, and geophysical survey.