Ning Lu

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lu-233x300 Ning LuNing Lu is well known internationally for his work on stresses in variably saturated porous media. His primary research interest is to seek common threads among basic soil physical phenomena including fluid flow, chemical transport, heat transfer, stress, and deformation. He pursues understanding of these phenomena at fundamental levels, including unifying atomic-scale potentials, inter-particle forces, and engineering-scale stresses in soils. He has been working on challenging engineering problems in chemical transport in clayey soil, underground nuclear waste isolation, residential house foundation damage by expansive clays, and, most recently, precipitation-induced shallow landslides. He teaches regularly on mechanics and hydrology of variably saturated porous media with the textbook Unsaturated Soil Mechanics (N. Lu and W. J. Likos, John Wiley and Sons, 2004). He also teaches vadose zone hydrology and landslides with the textbook Hillslope Hydrology and Stability (N. Lu and J.W. Godt, Cambridge University Press, 2012).


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  • PhD, Civil Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University
  • MS, Civil Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University
  • BS, Geotechnical Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Other Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Lifetime Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • Fellow, Engineering Mechanics Institute
  • Editor, Vadose Zone Journal, Soil Science Society of America
  • Associate Editor, Geotechnical Testing Journal, American Society for Testing Materials

Awards and Honors

  • Maurice Biot Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2017
  • Ralph B. Peck Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2017
  • Practice Paper of the Year Award, GTJ, ASTM, 2016
  • J.J. Croes Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2010
  • Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2007, 2021
  • Member, Committee on Long-Term Management of the Spirit Lake/Toutle River System in Southwest Washington, 2016-2017, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine



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