Chair Professor School of Environmental Science and Engineering

You-Kuan Zhang currently holds the position of Chair Professor in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology. Prior to his current appointment, he was Professor and Director of the Center for Hydrosciences Research and associate dean of the School of Environment at Nanjing University, and tenured full professor and research engineer at the University of Iowa. His research interests include basin hydrology, subsurface flow and solute transport, and groundwater remediation. He has published more than 100 papers and carried out more than 30 research projects founded by the U.S. and China governments. He was principal investigator for China’National Key Project, “Water Pollution Control in the Huai River Basin”. He served as associate editor for water-related international journals, including Stochastic Environmental Research, Groundwater, and Vadose Zone Journal. He was elected as a fellow of the American Geological Society and served as president of the International Professionals for Advancement of Chinese Earch Sciences (IPACES). Zhang received a MS in hydrogeology and engineering geology from Nanjing University and a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Arizona.

Personal Profile

Summary: 
You-Kuan Zhang currently holds the position of Chair Professor in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at South University of Science and Technology of China. Prior to his current appointment, he was Professor and Director of the Center for Hydrosciences Research and associate dean of the School of Environment at Nanjing University, and tenured full professor and research engineer at the University of Iowa. His research interests include basin hydrology, subsurface flow and solute transport, and groundwater remediation. He has published more than 100 papers and carried out more than 30 research projects founded by the U.S. and China governments. He was principal investigator for China’National Key Project, “Water Pollution Control in the Huai River Basin”. He served as associate editor for water-related international journals, including Stochastic Environmental Research, Groundwater, and Vadose Zone Journal. He was elected as a fellow of the American Geological Society and served as president of the International Professionals for Advancement of Chinese Earch Sciences (IPACES). Zhang received a MS in hydrogeology and engineering geology from Nanjing University and a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Arizona.
 
Education
1984-1990 Ph.D., Hydrology, University of Arizona, USA.
1978-1982 M.S. in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Nanjing University, China.
1975-1978 Graduated from Jilin University (formerly Changchun Institute of Geology), China. 
 
Employment History
2016-present Chair Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China
2007-2015 Professor and Director, Center for Hydrociences Research, Nanjing Unverity, China.
2008-2013 Associate Dean, School of Environment, Nanjing University, China, 
2004-2006 Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Iowa.
               Research Engineer, IIHR-Hydrosciences and Engineering, University of Iowa,
1998-2003 Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Iowa.
               Associate Research Engineer, IIHR-Hydrosciences and Engineering, University of Iowa,
1993-1997 Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Iowa.
               Assistant Research Engineer, IIHR-Hydrosciences and Engineering, University of Iowa.
 
Professional Experience
1998  Visiting scholar, Bologna University, Italy.
1997  Visiting Associate Professor, University of California-Berkeley, USA.
 
Awards and Honors
2012  Top Scientific Research Paper Award in China’Key STM Journals
2012  Advanced Collective Award for Scientific Work in Environmental Protection.
2005  Fellow, Geological Society of America.  
1987  John Harshbarger Award, University of Arizona.
 
10 Representative Publications
[1] Liang X.Y. and Zhang Y.-K., Analyses of uncertainties and scaling of groundwater level fluctuations. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2015; 19(7):2971-2979.
[2] Liang X.Y. and Zhang Y.-K., Schilling K.E., Analytical solutions for two-dimensional groundwater flow with subsurface drainage tiles. J. Hydro., 2015, 521(0): 556-564.
[3] Liang X.Y. and Zhang Y.-K., Analytic Solutions for Transient groundwater flow with a variable source in a heterogeneous aquifer bounded by fluctuating river stages, Ad. Water Res., 2013, 58:1-9.
[4] Liang X.Y., and Zhang Y.-K., Temporal and spatial variation and scaling of groundwater levels in a bounded unconfined aquifer. J. Hydro., 2013, 479:139-145. 
[5] Liang, X.Y. and Zhang, Y.-K., A New Analytical Method for Groundwater Recharge and Discharge Estimation, J. Hydro, 2012, 450:17-24.
[6] Schilling, K.E., Y.-K. Zhang, D. Hill, C.S. Jones, and C. F. Wolter, Temporal Variations in Escherichia coli Export from a Large Agricultural Watershed, J. Hydrol, 2009, 365(1-2), 79-85.
[7] Zhang, Y.-K. and Z. Li, Effect of temporally correlated recharge on fractal fluctuations of groundwater levels, Water Resour. Res., 2006, 42(10).
[8] Zhang, Y.-K. and K. Schilling, Increasing Streamflow and Baseflow In Mississippi River since 1940’s:  Effect of Land Use Change, J. Hydrol., 2006, 324(1-4):412-422.
[9] Zhang, Y.-K. and K. Schilling, Temporal Variations and Scaling of Streamflow and Baseflow and their Nitrate-Nitrogen Concentrations and Loads, Adv. in Water Resour., 2005, 28(7):701-710.
[10] Zhang, Y.-K. and K. Schilling, Temporal scaling of hydraulic head and river baseflow and its implication for groundwater recharge, Water Resour. Res., 2004, 40.
 
Major Committees and Editorial Boards
2006-present  Associate Editor, Groundwater
2004-present  Associate Editor, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment
2004-2010  Member of Groundwater Committee, Hydrology Section, American Geophysical Union.
2004-2009  Associate editor, Vadose Zone Journal
2002-2003  Chair, International Professionals for the Advancement of Chinese Earth Sciences (IPACES)

Research

1. The effect of the anthropogenic activities on water cycle

2. Temporal scaling effects on surface-water and groundwater interaction

3. Formation and distribution of groundwater in fractured rocks

4. The migration mechanism and control & treatment of pollution in groundwater

5. Soil and groundwater remediation


Teaching

(1) Groundwater Hydrology

(2) Environmental Spatial Statistics

(3) Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology

(4) Environmental Seminar


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His research interests include basin hydrology, subsurface flow and solute transport, and groundwater remediation. He has published more than 100 papers and carried out more than 30 research projects founded by the U.S. and China governments.

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Spurred by China’s strategic needs for better environmental protection, Southern University of Science and Technology established the School of Environmental Science and Engineering (“School of Environment”) in May 2015. Professor Chunmiao Zheng, an internationally renowned expert in the field of groundwater research,  is the founding Dean of the School. The School’s faculty conduct cutting-edge research on water resources and water quality, soil science and remediation, air pollution control, industrial ecology, global environmental change and related areas. The School also aims to develop advanced technologies to meet urgent societal needs, such as novel wastewater treatment and desalination technologies, energy-saving and emission reduction technologies, and environmental remote sensing technologies.

  1. Development Objectives

A leading school for training and cultivating future talents and the next generation of leaders in the field of environmental science and engineering;

A world-class environmental research center of excellence;

A national platform for development and industrialization of advanced environmental technologies.

  1. Faculty

The School is recruiting an outstanding faculty globally. Currently, the School has 26 full-time faculty members and six visiting faculty members. Among the full-time faculty members, 10 are professors, 6 associate professors, and 9 assistant professors. The faculty have received numerous honors and distinctions. Among them, one is fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), two recipients of the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one recipient of the State Council Special Allowance, one recipient of the National High-level Personnel of Special Support Program, two recipients of the Outstanding Young Investigator (junior level) Award from NSFC. All faculty members have prior experiences studying and/or working abroad.

III. Education

Educational Goals: To cultivate environmental research and management talents with innovative spirit, global perspective and multidisciplinary academic training.

Undergraduate Programs: The School has two undergraduate degree programs officially approved by the Ministry of Education: Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) and Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering (HWR). The undergraduate education at the School is characterized by its emphasis on solid academic preparation and innovation of engineering and science. The two degree programs have their unique features as well. ESE emphasizes the nexus of resources, environment and socio-economic development, as well as the development of new environmental industries, products and services. HWR emphasizes integrated surface water-groundwater research and management, as well as water science from molecular to global scales. The first class of about 40 students have joined the ESE program since September 2016. About 60 students are expected to join the two degree programs in September 2017.

  1. Research

The School’s research priorities include hydrology and water resources, environmental biogeochemistry, water pollution and treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, solid waste disposal and utilization, atmospheric chemistry and pollution control, ecological system assessment, environmental remote sensing, and global environmental change. We welcome talented faculty and students in these fields from all over the world to join the School, work with us to build a world-class multi-disciplinary environmental research center of excellence, and contribute to the solution of global environmental problems.

Engineering Technology Innovation Center (Beijing)

With its reliance on Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering of SUSTech and close studies of the current conditions of China’s environmental protection and the industry’s features, SUSTech Engineering Technology Innovation Center (Beijing) is dedicated to bridging the gap between scientific results and their industrial applications and to benefiting social development, creating work opportunities both for teachers and students as well as generating profits for enterprises. By bringing the scientific results into social, industrial and open applications effectively through working jointly with the academic circle and the industrial circle, we will make the innovation center an international innovative platform for environment protection. 

The work scope of the center: to develop key environment protection technologies and promote their engineering development and systematic integration as well as their demonstrative application and industrialization; to participate in the formulation of environment protection policies, standards and technological guidelines in China and provide technical support and services for national environment management, supervision and decision making; to offer professional training for students, professionals and key technicians of companies and to build a platform for international cooperation in environment protection-related researches, study and applications.

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Office Phone

0755-88018082

Email

zhangyk@sustech.edu.cn

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