Prof. Hoe Ling Receives IGS Award

Oct 07 2014

Hoe Ling, professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, has recently received the highest award from the International Geosynthetics Society (the IGS Award) during the group’s 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics held in Berlin, Germany.


Ling received the award at the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics held in Berlin, Germany.

The IGS Award is given every four years to individuals or groups of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and use of geosynthetics, related products, or associated technologies, through their scientific and technological work. The award committee recognized Ling for his comprehensive studies on geosynthetic-soil interaction for nearly 25 years that included physical model testing and advanced numerical analysis.

Ling said he was “very surprised” when he learned of the news and appreciates being nominated and being recognized for his model of studying important new civil engineering structures. Ling combines his expertise in geosynthetics, soils, applied mechanics, and earthquake engineering in his research.

In addition to focusing on geosynthetic-reinforced soil structures, Ling also works on landslides due to natural disasters, such as rainfall and earthquakes, and studies ground deformation due to deep excavation. His research on the seismic behavior of geosynthetic-reinforced soil retaining walls has been funded by the National Science Foundation (Career Award), Japanese research institutes, and a consortium of private industries from the U.S.