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The Director

Dr. Biao Li is an Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Concordia University.  He joined Concordia in Aug. 2016. Previously, he obtained a B.Sc. and a MASc from China University of Geosciences Beijing, and latterly a Ph.D.  from the University of Calgary, Canada. His research expertise is in experimental and computational geomechanics, thermal-hydro-mechanical coupling, soil-structure interaction, and geophysics. He was selected as a future leader of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) in 2021. He serves as editorial board members of Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment; Deep Resources Engineering; Geotechnical and Geological Engineering; and International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering


  • 2018-12-01: Student Mr. Sohail Akhtar completed his Master program and will continue to be my PhD student. Congrats, Sohail!
  • 2018-07-05: Student Mr. Sohail Akhtar was awarded the Port of Montreal Award in Transportation Studies for his excellence in the course and research work. Congrats, Sohail!
  •  2017-05-17: Dr. Li was awarded the KSRM scholarship Award during the 2017 YSRM Young scholars' Symposium on Rock Mechanics



Flow in dense clay and soft mudrock (Li et al. 2018)

Thermally induced tensile fracturing of shale 

(Li and Wong 2018)

Flow in fractures (Li et al. 2014)


Structural state of soft mudrocks (Li and Wong 2016)

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Thermal-hydro-mechanical analysis of wellbore responses under thermal recovery (Li et al. 2018)


Borehole geothermal energy storage (BTES) in cold regions

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Specially designed Lab tests at low and high temperature conditions 

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