Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Dr. Ke Gao received his Bachelor and Master degree in 2010 and 2012, respectively, in Geological Engineering, at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). In 2017, he obtained his Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics at the University of Toronto. After that, he spent two years (2017-2019) in the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Post Doc in Solid Earth Geophysics, and joined in SUSTech in 2019. Dr. Gao’s research mainly focuses on the simulation and investigation of stick-slip characteristics in sheared granular fault using the combined finite-discrete element method, tensor-based stress variability and stress heterogeneity characterization in fractured rock mass, and nonlinear mesoscopic elasticity in geomaterials. Dr. Gao has published nearly 30 papers in various journals and international conferences, and he also acted as reviewers for many Geophysics and Rock Mechanics related journals.

Personal Profile

Dr. Ke Gao received his Bachelor and Master degree in 2010 and 2012, respectively, in Geological Engineering, at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). In 2017, he obtained his Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics at the University of Toronto. After that, he spent two years (2017-2019) in the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Post Doc in Solid Earth Geophysics, and joined in SUSTech in 2019. Dr. Gao’s research mainly focuses on the simulation and investigation of stick-slip characteristics in sheared granular fault using the combined finite-discrete element method, tensor-based stress variability and stress heterogeneity characterization in fractured rock mass, and nonlinear mesoscopic elasticity in geomaterials. Dr. Gao has published nearly 30 papers in various journals and international conferences, and he also acted as reviewers for many Geophysics and Rock Mechanics related journals.

Education Background

2012 – 2017, Ph.D., Rock Mechanics, University of Toronto, Canada

2010 – 2012, M.Sc., Geological Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China

2006 – 2010, B.Sc., Geological Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China

Working Experiences

2019 – present, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

2017 – 2019, Post Doc, Solid Earth Geophysics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

2012 – 2017, Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto, Canada

Honors and Awards

Best paper in the 7th International Symposium on In Situ Rock Stress, Finland, May 2016

Gold Award of the 5th Hubei Province “Challenge Cup” Business Plan Competition, by Hubei Provincial Government, June 2008

National Scholarship, by Ministry of Education of China, November 2007

Professional Services

American Rock Mechanics Association, Member

American Geophysics Union, Member

International Society for Rock Mechanics, Member

Canadian Geotechnical Society, Member

Society of American Seismology, Member

ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute, Member

Research

1. Earthquake Geophysics: Sheared granular fault gouge simulation, Earthquake source mechanics, Earthquake rupture

2. Rock Mechanics/Physics: Nonlinear mesoscopic elasticity of geomaterials, Stress variability, Stress heterogeneity

3. Computational Mechanics: Combined finite discrete element method (FDEM), Parallel Computing


Teaching

Continuum Mechanics

Rock Physics

Rock Mechanics


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In Rock Mechanics, Dr. Ke Gao has proposed using tensor-based statistical approaches to characterize stress variability in fractured rock masses. These approaches have been used to investigate the limit state design in rock engineering and stress heterogeneity simulation. The results were awarded as the "Best Paper" in the 7th International Symposium on In-Situ Rock Stress. In Solid Earth Geophysics, the combined finite-discrete element (FDEM) has been the first time used by Dr. Gao to investigate the stick-slip physics in sheared granular fault systems. The research may be helpful for understanding the fundamental physics of earthquake mechanics and dynamics. The findings have been published in many journals such as Physical Review Letters. By far, Dr. Gao has published 14 first (or corresponding) author papers in both Rock Mechanics and Geophysics.

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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Southern University of Science and Technology was established in December 2016. Prof. Xiaofei Chen, a renowned seismologist and an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is appointed as an initiatory departmental head. 
The studies in ESS concern the physics of the Earth, geo-space and planets in outer space. Through building up a world-leading program of research and education in Earth and Space Sciences, we strive to conduct the research that would advance our understanding on the complex natural system of Earth and Space, in order to provide science-based solutions to many of the societal challenges of our time: natural hazards, natural energy resources, space exploration, etc. In the meantime, our department offers rigorous hands-on training to students and prepares them to be future leaders in academia, government and industry. 
ESS encompasses a wide range of scientific disciplines: Geophysics, Space Physics, Satellite Geodesy and Planetary Science. By the end of October 2019, ESS has thirty-one faculty members, including six professors, four associate professors, eleven assistant professors, and ten research assistant professors, including one Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, three Distinguished Young Scholars of National Nature Science Fund, one Excellent Young Scientists of National Science Fund. elcome more talents to join us and work together to build a world-class research and education center for Earth and Space Sciences. 

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Contact Address

Room 310 Building 9, Chuangyuan,
1088 Xueyuan Avenue  Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong

Office Phone

0755-88018649

Email

gaok@sustech.edu.cn

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