Denvid Lau

  • Scholarship in 2006 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Denvid obtained his Bachelor degree with first class honors and Master degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2004 and 2006 respectively, and got his second Master degree from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2009. He then received his Ph.D. in the field of structures and materials from MIT in 2012. Prior to joining the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) as an assistant professor in August 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT. Currently, he is an associate professor with tenure at CityU. Denvid got various awards and scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies including the Croucher Foundation Scholarship (2006-2009) and the Marvin E. Goody Award (2007). He was named as one of the Harvey Fellows in 2011. His research focuses on the multiscale modeling of organic-inorganic system, moisture-induced debonding, durability of concrete-epoxy system and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural rehabilitation. To date, Denvid has attracted over HK$10 million fund in total for research and teaching development. He is currently the editorial board member of several international journals including Composites Part B: Engineering, which ranks top 5% in Engineering Multidisciplinary category in ISI. He has published more than 90 referred journal and conference articles and has delivered 30 invited talks around the world. Recently, Denvid has been nominated and selected as a Founding Member of the Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong (YASHK), and has received one of The President's Awards from the CityU, in recognition of his remarkable academic achievement. In addition, Denvid has received the Certificate of Merit for the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Young Engineer Award 2018 in appreciation of his effort and dedication to the engineering profession, and the Commendation Merit Award - R&D Award of Structural Excellence Award 2018, which is presented by the HKIE (Structural Division).

Currently

Denvid's research focuses on the multi-scale modeling of organic-inorganic system, moisture-induced debonding, durability of concrete-epoxy system and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural rehabilitation.  His Ph.D. research is on a topic with an objective of developing a powerful and totally new paradigm to study the interaction of multi-material systems with environment (moisture, temperature and chemicals) from the point of view of studying the effect of environmental factors on the deterioration and behavior of physical systems and materials.