Prof. YANG Qiang is currently a Professor in Department of Hydraulic Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees of Hydraulic Structure Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1986 and 1988, respectively, and PhD degree of Civil Engineering from Innsbruck University, Austria, in 1996.
He has been a vice president of Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (CSRME) since 2012, the chair of the Committee of Numerical and Physical Modeling of CSRME since 2003, and a chief scientist of State Key Laboratory of Hydroscience and Engineering since 2007. He is associate editors of International Journal of Geomechanics and Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, and editorial board members of International Journal of Damage Mechanics and Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.
His research focus on the stability analysis of high arch dams and related foundations and slopes. He established the Deformation Reinforcement Theory that, the reinforcement forces required to stabilize a deformable structure are equal to the residual unbalanced forces in elastoplastic FEM analysis. The theory was adopted by the latest version of Handbook of Hydraulic Structure Design in China. He also addressed some fundamental issues in damage mechanics for jointed rock masses, including the fabric tensor and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.
He received two National Awards for Science and Technology Progress of China in 2010 and 2018 for research on super-high arch dams. He received a Desai Medal of IACMAG (International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics) in 2014 for outstanding contributions in developing damage mechanics and thermodynamics to geomaterials, and establishing general reinforcement theory to dams, slopes and tunnels. He received the first Career Achievement Award for Rock Mechanics of CSTAM (The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics) in 2019.