Joey Yang

Zhaohui (Joey) Yang

Professor
Office: ENGR 202
Phone: 907-786-6431
Email: zyang2@uaa.alaska.edu

Biography

Dr. Yang joined UAA as Assistant Professor in May 2003. He is currently Professor of Civil Engineering, Associate Director of Alaska University Transportation Center, and Director for Geotechnical and Frozen Ground Engineering Research Laboratory. Dr. Yang's expertise is in geotechnical and earthquake engineering,and he has maintained an active research program with particular interests on cold regions-related. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, including 30 journal articles. Dr. Yang has received research funding in geotechnical/earthquake engineering and cold regions-related research from NSF EPSCoR, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Dept. of Interior, U.S. Department of Transportation via Alaska University Transportation Center, U.S. Dept. of Energy through Alaska Energy Authority, State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and Municipality of Anchorage.

Education

Ph.D., Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the University of California Davis

B.S., Dept. of Hydraulic Engineering, Chengdu University of Science and Technology

Career History

July 2013 - Present: Professor, University of Alaska, Anchorage

July 2008 - June 2013: Associate Professor, University of Alaska, Anchorage

May 2003 - June 2008: Assistant Professor, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Sept. 2002 - May 2003: Research Associate, University of California, Davis

June 1999 - Sept. 2002: Research Assistant, University of California, Davis

Aug. 1998 - June 1999: Teaching Assistant, Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.

June 1995 - July 1998: Lecturer, Sichuan Union University, Chengdu, China

Sept. 1991 - June 1995: Research Associate, Structural Engineering Research Institute, Sichuan Union University, Chengdu, China

Teaching Responsibilities

  • CE A435 Soil Mechanics and Laboratory
  • CE A414/CE A614 Soil Strength and Slope Stability
  • CE A611 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • CE A612 Advanced Foundation Engineering
  • CE A681 Frozen Ground Engineering

Professional and Departmental Service

Public:

  • Municipality of Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission: Commissioner

University:

  • Associate Director representing UAA: Alaska University Transportation Center
  • College of Engineering Curriculum Committee
  • Member: BSCE Program Assessment Committee
  • Member, UAA Graduate Academic Board

Professional:

  • Co-Chair: International Symposium on Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soils, Jan. 2013, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Committee member: ASCE Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering (TCCRE) Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • Secretary: ASCE Technical Council on Cold Regions Enginering (TCCRE) Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • Member: ASCE, ASTM, USPA, NEES
  • Peer reviewer for professional journals and conferences

Research Interests

Dr. Yang's research interests are in geotechnical and earthquake engineering with particular focus on cold-regions related issues.  His recent funded research projects are in the following areas:

  • Impact of frozen soils on the seismic site responses
  • Liquefiable soil-pile interaction during seismic events in cold regions
  • Permafrost thawing and its impact on infrastructures
  • De-icing and Anti-icing of road pavement

For current research positions, please contact Dr. Yang at zyang(at)uaa.alaska.edu.

Patent

Yang, Zhaohui, Ting Yang, Gangbing Song, Mithun Singla and Christina Chang (2012), Designs and Methods for Self-Heating Concrete.  Provisional patent (US 61-699,372).

Publications

Books or Book Chapters

Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soils, ASTM Special Technical Publication, v 1568 STP, Hannele Zubeck and Zhaohui Yang, Eds. ISBN: 978-0-8031-7556-3. ASTM International in cooperation with ASCE. Jan. 2013.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  1. Yang, Z., Still, Gl, Ge, X. Characterization of Naturally Frozen Soils for Seismic Design of Foundations. Submitted to Cold Regions Science and Technology
  2. Gu, Quan, Yang, Zhaohui, and Peng, Yi (2014). Parameters affecting laterally loaded piles in frozen soils by an efficient sensitivity analysis method. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. In review.
  3. Zhou, Jia-wen, Yang, Xing-guo, Yang, Zhaohui (2014). Shear strength parameter determination method for rock-soil mixtures using close-range photogrammetry and 3-D limit equilibrium theory. Environmental Earth Sciences. In review.
  4. Yang, R., Yang, Z., Qiao, C., Zhang, X.(2014). Experimental study on frozen soil-liquefiable soil-single pile interaction during earthquakes. Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering. 36(4): 612-617, April.
  5. Kong, Q., R. Wang, G. Song and Z. Yang (2014). Monitoring soil freeze thaw process using piezoceramic-based smart aggregate. J. of Cold Regions Engineering. 28(2), 06014001(16).
  6. Singla, M., C. Chang, G. Song, Z. Yang, and X. Ge (2014). Automatic Controls for the Carbon Fiber Tape-based Deicing Technology. J. of Cold Regions Engineering. 28(1), 04013001(17).
  7. Zhou, Jia-wen, Yang, Xing-guo, Yang, Zhaohui, Li, Hongtao, Zhou, Hongwei. (2013). Micromechanics damage modeling of brittle rock failure processes under compression. International Journal of Computational Methods. 10(6). DOI: 10.1142/S0219876213500345.
  8. Yang, Z., Zhang, X., Ge, X., and Marx, E. (2013). Application of p-y approach in analyzing pile foundations in frozen ground overlying liquefiable soils. Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions. 5(4): 0368-0376.
  9. Yang, Z., Li, Q., and Marx, E. (2012). Seasonally Frozen Soil Effects on the Dynamic Behavior of Highway Bridges. Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions, 4(1):0013-0020.
  10. Yang, Ting, Yang, Zhaohui, Singla, Mithun and Song, Gangbing (2012). Experimental Study on Carbon Fiber Tape-Based Deicing Technology. J. of Cold Regions Engineering. 26(2): 55-70.
  11. Zhou, X., Yang, Z., C. Chang and G. Song (2012). Numerical Assessment of Electric Pavement Deicing System Utilizing Emerging Carbon Nano-fiber Paper. J. of Cold Regions Engineering. 26(1): 1-15.
  12. Yang, Zhaohui, U. Dutta, G. Xu, K. Hazirbaba and Marx, E. (2011). Numerical Analysis of permafrost effects on the Seismic Site Response. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. 31(3): 282-290.
  13. Xu, Gang, Yang, Zhaohui, Dutta, U. and Marx, E. (2011). Seasonally Frozen Soils Effects on the Seismic Site Response. J. of Cold Regions Engineering. 25(2):53-70.
  14. Zhou, Jia-Wen, Xu, Wei-Ya, Yang, Xing-Guo, Shi, Chong and Yang, Zhaohui (2010). The 28 October 1996 Landslide and Analysis of the Stability of the Current Huashiban Slope at the Liangjiaren Hydropower Station, Southwest China. Engineering Geology. 114(1-2):45-56.
  15. Yang, Xingguo, Yang, Zhaohui, Shuyou Cao, Xingji Gao and Shujian Li (2009). Key Techniques for Emergency Disposal of Quake Lakes. Natural Hazards. 52:43-56.
  16. Dutta, D., Sen, MK, Biswas N. and Yang, Z. (2009) Investigation of Shallow Sedimentary Structure of the Anchorage Basin, Alaska, Using Simulated Annealing of Site Response. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. V. 99, No. 1, 326-339.
  17. Liu, Haowu, Chen, Jiang, Yang, Zhaohui, Sun, Man (2009). Theory and numerical simulation of multi-field dynamic coupling of high arch dam seismic control. Journal of Hydroelectric Engineering (In Chinese). 28(5):163-168.
  18. Xiong, F. and Yang, Zhaohui. Effects of Seasonally Frozen Soil on the Seismic Behavior of a Bridge Bent-Foundation-Soil System (2008). Cold Regions Science and Technology. V. 54, 44-53.
  19. Yang, Zhaohui, Utpal Dutta, F. Xiong, Niren Biswas and Harley Benz (2008). Seasonal Frost Effects on the Seismic Behavior of a Twenty-Story Office Building. Cold Regions Science and Technology. 51(1), 76-84.
  20. Yang, Zhaohui, U. Dutta, D. Zhu and N. Biswas (2007). Seasonal Frost Effects on the Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction System. Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. 21(4):108-120.
  21. Liu, He, Zhaohui Yang and Michael S. Gaulke (2005). Structural Identification and Finite Element Modeling of a 14-Story Office Building using Recorder Data. Engineering Structures, 27(3):463-473.
  22. Yang, Zhaohui and Boris Jeremi´c (2005). Study of Soil Layering Effects on Lateral Loading Behavior of Piles. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 131(6):762-770.
  23. Jeremi´c, Boris, Zhaohui Yang and Stein Sture (2004). Influence of the influence of End Conditions on Constitutive Behavior of Geomaterials. ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 130(6), pp 741-745.
  24. Yang, Zhaohui and Boris Jeremi´c (2003). Numerical Study of Group Effects for Pile Groups in Sands. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 27(15):1255-1276.
  25. Yang, Zhaohui and Boris Jeremi´c (2002). Numerical Analysis of Pile Behavior under Lateral Loads in Layered Elasto-Plastic Soils. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 26(14), pp 1385-1406.
  26. Jeremi´c, Boris, Gerik Scheuermann, Jan Frey, Zhaohui Yang, Bernd Hamman, Kenneth I. Joy and Hans Haggen (2002). Tensor Visualizations in Computational Geomechanics. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 26(10), pp 925-944.
  27. Jeremi´c, Boris and Zhaohui Yang (2002). Template Elasto-Plastic Computations in Geomechanics. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, July 2002, 26(14), pp 1407-1427.
  28. Yang, Zhaohui and Haowu Liu (1998). Embedded fiber-optic F-P strain sensor and it application to concrete structures. Journal of Experimental Mechanics. In Chinese. 13(1), pp.41-46.
  29. Yang, Zhaohui, Haowu Liu and Jinchi Lu (1997). Neural Network Method for concrete strength prediction and design. Journal of Hydroelectric Engineering. In Chinese. Vol.43, No. 1, pp. 33-40.

Recent Refereed Conference Articles

  1. Qiang L., Yang, Z., Horazdovsky J., Hulsey L, and Marx E. (2014). Seismic design of laterally loaded piles in frozen ground. Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering, Proc. 10th National Conference in Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Anchorage, AK, July. DOI: 10.4231/D3PV6B75X.
  2. Hulsey L, Horazdovsky J., Yang, Z., and Marx E. (2014). Lateral Response of Test Piles in Frozen and Thawed Ground. Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering, Proc. 10th National Conference in Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Anchorage, AK, July. DOI: 10.4231/D3R20RX1B.
  3. Thornley, J.D., Dutta, U. and Yang, Z.(2014). Modeling the Site Response of a Downhole Array Site in Anchorage, Alaska. Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering, Proc. 10th National Conference in Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Anchorage, AK, July. DOI: 10.4231/D3NC5SD0M.
  4. Yang, Z. , Zhang, X., and Niu, F.(2014). Fluid-solid coupled finite element modeling of bridge pile foundations embedded in laterally spreading ground in cold regions. Geotechnical Special Publication, n 242 GSP, p 689-699, Tunneling and Underground Construction - Selected Papers from the Proceedings of the 2014 GeoShanghai International Congress, Shanghai, China, May.
  5. Zhang, X., Yang, Z., and Yang, R. (2013). Shake Table Modeling of Laterally Loaded Piles in Liquefiable Soils with a Frozen Crust. Climatic Effects on Pavement and Geotechnical Infrastructure - Proc. the International Symposium of Climatic Effects on Pavement and Geotechnical Infrastructure 2013,p 99-108.
  6. Ge, X., Yang, Z., and Still, B. (2013). Mechanical Properties of Naturally Frozen Silty Soil for Seismic Design of Pile Foundations. Planning for Sustainable Cold Regions, Proc. 10th Inter. Symposium on Cold Regions Development, June 2-5, Anchorage, Alaska. Eds. Jon E. Zufelt. ISBN: 978-0-7844-1297-8.
  7. Still, B., Yang, Z., Ge, X., and Paris, A. (2013). Naturally Frozen Soils from the Field to the Laboratory. Planning for Sustainable Cold Regions, Proc. 10th Inter. Symposium on Cold Regions Development, June 2-5, Anchorage, Alaska. Jon E. Zufelt., Eds. ISBN: 978-0-7844-1297-8.
  8. Ge, X., Yang, Z., and Still, B. (2013). Mechanical Properties of Naturally Frozen Ice-Rich Silty Soils. Mechanical Propertities of Frozen Soils, ASTM Special Technical Publication, v 1568 STP, Hannele Zubeck and Zhaohui Yang, Eds., pp. 118-133.
  9. Still, B., Yang, Z., and Ge, X. (2013). Sampling, Machining and Testing of Naturally Frozen Soils. Mechanical Propertities of Frozen Soils, ASTM Special Technical Publication, v 1568 STP, Hannele Zubeck and Zhaohui Yang, Eds., pp. 45-57.
  10. Still, Benjamin, Proskin, Sam, Zubeck, Hannele, and Yang, Z. (2013). Frozen- Soil Classification With Index Testing. Mechanical Propertities of Frozen Soils, ASTM Special Technical Publication, v 1568 STP, Hannele Zubeck and Zhaohui Yang, Eds., pp. 161-171.
  11. Zhang, X., Yang, Z., and Li, Q. (2012). Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles in Liquefiable Soils with a Frozen Crust Using P-y Approach. Cold Regions Engineering 2012: Sustainable Infrastructure Development in a Challenging Cold Environment - Proc. 15 Int'l Specialty Conf. Cold Regions Engineering, ds. Brian Morse and Guy Dore. 456-466.
  12. Ge, X., Yang, Z., Still, B. and Li, Q. (2012). Experimental Study of Frozen Soil Mechanical Properties for Seismic Design of Pile Foundations. Cold Regions Engineering 2012: Sustainable Infrastructure Development in a Challenging Cold Environment - Proc. 15 Int'l Specialty Conf. Cold Regions Engineering, Eds. Brian Morse and Guy Dore. 478:488.
  13. Yang, Z., Zhang, X., and Yang, R. (2012). Shake Table Modeling of Laterally Loaded Piles in Liquefiable Soils with a Frozen Crust. Applied Mechanics and Materials: Progress in Industrial and Civil Engineering, vol 204-208, p 654-658.
  14. Yang, Z., Li, Q., Horazdovsky, J., Hulsey, J.L., and Marx, E. (2012). Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles in Frozen Soils. State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering (GeoCongress2012), Geotechnical Special Publication No. 225, 215-224.
  15. Li, Q., Zhang, X., and Yang, Z. (2012). Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles in Liquefiable Soils with a Frozen Crust. State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering (GeoCongress2012), Geotechnical Special Publication No. 225, 205:214.
  16. Li, Q., Zhang, X., and Yang, Z.(2011). Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles in Liquefiable Soils with a Frozen Crust. State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering (GeoCongress2012), Oakland, California USA, March 25-29, 2012.
  17. Li, Q., Tang, L., Z. Yang, and Ling, X. (2011). Numerical Assessment of Pile Foundation Performance in Liquefiable Soils with a Frozen Crust. 5th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (5ICEGE),Jan. 10-13, Santiago, Chile.
  18. G. Xu, U. Dutta, Z. Yang, and K. Hazirbaba (2010). Frozen soil effects on the observed ground motion characteristics. Proc. 9th US National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Reaching Beyond Borders, Jul. 25-29, Toronto, Canada. Paper No. 1170. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
  19. Zhou, X., Z. Yang, C. Chang and G. Song (2010). Numerical assessment of an electric deicing system utilizing emerging carbon nano-fiber paper. Proc. Inter. Symposium on Life-Cycle Performance of Bridges and Structures, Jun. 27-29, Changsha, China. Science Press, ISBN 978-7-03-027815-9. Pp.1080-1087.
  20. Li, Q. , Tang, L. , Yang, Z. and Ling, X. (2010). Numerical simulation of pile foundations in liquefiable soils with a frozen crust. Proc. Inter. Symposium on Life-Cycle Performance of Bridges and Structures, Jun. 27-29, Changsha, China. Science Press, ISBN 978-7-03-027815-9. Pp. 1072-1079.
  21. Yang, Z. , Li, Q. , Xu, G. and Hulsey, J.L. (2010). Seasonal freezing effects on the dynamic behavior of highway bridges. Proc. GeoShanghai 2010: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (GSP No. 201), Eds. M. Huang, X. Yu and Y. Huang. Jun. 3-5, Shanghai, China. Pp. 162-168.
  22. Yang, X. , Zhou, H. , Li, H. , Yang, Z. , Qiao, L. and Lin, Y. (2010). Safety assessment of Quake Lakes. Proc. GeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling &Design (GSP 199),Feb. 20-24, West Palm Beach, FL. Pp. 2002-2011.
  23. Yang, Zhaohui, X. Gang, R. Binonwagan and J.L. Hulsey (2009). Seasonal freezing effects on the dynamic behavior of highway bridges. Proc. 3rd International Geotechnical Symposium for Disaster Prevention and Reduction (IGS2009), Harbin, China, July 22-25.
  24. Yang, Zhaohui, X. Gang, X. Feng, and J.L. Hulsey (2008). Seasonally frozen soil effects on the lateral behavior of steel pipe piles. Proc. 14th International Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14WCEE), Beijing, China, Oct. 12-17.
  25. Utpal Dutta, Zhaohui Yang, G. Xu and Kenan Hazirbaba (2008). Investigating the effects of seasonally frozen soil and permafrost on site response. Proc. 14th International Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14WCEE), Beijing, China, Oct. 12-17.
  26. Miranda, R., Z. Yang and U. Dutta (2008). Seasonally frozen ground effects on the dynamic response of high-rise buildings. Proc. Ninth International Conference on Permafrost (NICOP), Fairbanks, AK, USA, Jun. 29 –July 3, 2008.
  27. Xiong, F., Z. Yang and F. Bai (2008). Seasonally frozen soil effects on the nonlinear behavior of a parking garage. Proc. 4th Decennial Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference (GEESD IV), Geotechnical Special Publication No. 181. Eds. David Zeng, M.T. Manzari and D.R. Hiltunen. Sacramento, CA, May 18-22, 2008.

Awards and Recognition

  • ASTM Committee D18 Technical Editors Award, in recognition for the time and extensive effort you spent organizing the symposium and editing STP 1568 Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soil. March 2014. ASTM Committee D18 is focused on testing standards of Soil and Rock.
  • Theme Session Speaker, Plenary Session Moderator, 10th International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering (10ISPE), Harbin, China, Aug. 21-24, 2014.
  • Theme Session Speaker, 10th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE), Anchorage, Alaska Jul. 21-25, 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker, 1st Inter. Symposium on Transportation Soil Engineering in Cold Regions - A Joint Conference with the 10th SHAHUNIANTS Lecture (TRANSOILCOLD2013), Xining, China. Oct. 10-11, 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker, 2012 International Conference on Civil, Architectural and Hydraulic Engineering, Zhangjiajie, China. Aug. 10-12, 2012.
  • Co-Chair, Symposium on Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soils, Jacksonville, FL, Jan. 2013
  • ASCE Outstanding Reviewer, in recognition of outstanding service as a reviewer for the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. 2010