Familiy Portrait

Taken on December 27, 2021


S. A. Galindo-Torres S. A. Galindo-Torres

Associate Professor

Graduated from the National University of Colombia (School of Physics) in 2003 (2006) with a bachelor's (master's) degree; in 2010, received a PhD in computational physics from the National University of Colombia. Then he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has been a senior researcher and lecturer in applied mathematics at the University of Queensland from 2015 to 2017. In 2016, he was awarded the Advance Queensland Fellowship by the Queensland Government of Australia, the only fellowship granted in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering for that year. In 2017, he joined the University of Liverpool as a Senior Lecturer and as an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. Starting in early 2019, he joined Westlake as an Associate Professor in the area of Environmental and Resources Engineering.



luoyuleiMs Zhen LIU

I am an executive assistant in M3 Lab. In 2019, I graduated from Tianjin Foreign Studies University. My major is Swahili, a main language used in east Africa. After that I went to Tanzania, working at China civil engineering company as a translator & administrator. A year later I came back and join Westlake University.





Dr. Teng MAN

I am currently a research fellow in Prof. Galindo-Torres’ research group at Westlake University working on problems related to the mechanics and physics of granular-fluid systems and its application in soil mechanics and pavement engineering. I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in the United States in 2019, and both master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Jilin University in China.



Mr Pei Zhang received his PhD in Hydraulic Engineering from Hohai University in 2017. He was a joint PhD student during 2015-2017 at the University of Queensland, Australia. Then he works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland. In 2020, he joined Westlake University as a research scientist. His research mainly focuses on developing and applying numerical models for Multi-scale multi-physics modelling for complex geoenvironmental problems. His models include: Discrete Element Method (DEM) for particle motions, Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) for flows, Material Point Method (MPM) for soil (solid) Mechanics problems, Random Walking Method (RWM) for solute (heat) transports. These models are also combined together to solve complex processes in Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering.


Dr. Guanlong GUO

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the M3 Lab. My research topic mainly concerns the coupled hydro-mechanical processes in unsaturated soils. I obtained the PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. The topic of my PhD program is "Coupled hydro-mechanical modelling of gas migration in saturated bentonite", which is associated with the nuclear waste disposal. I received M.E. and B.E. in Mining Engineering from China University of Mining and Technology.




Songkai REN

Mr Songkai REN

I graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a major in civil engineering. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental science and engineering in Prof. Sergio's group. My research focuses on unsaturated soil properties, modelling of granular media and interaction with the fluid. My prior research is slope stability at Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Science. Outside of the laboratory, I enjoy travelling, hiking, cooking and reading.


Zhuan GE

Mr Zhuan GE

I received my B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Sichuan University and my M.S. from Northeastern University in Engineering Thermophysics. I am currently pursuing my PHD in Environmental Engineering in Dr. Torres’ group. My research focuses on multi-physics interaction in different scales and phases through both discrete and continuum frameworks. In my spare time, I love fitness, playing soccer and cooking.


Yifeng ZHAO

Mr Yifeng ZHAO

I received my B.S. from Beijing University of Technology, China. Currently I am pursing my Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at Westlake University. My general research interest is the AI application in the Geomechanics field. During my free time I enjoy live music, cooking, coding and travelling.




Mr Mario Trujillo

I am from Colombia. I graduated from the Universidad Surcolombiana as an Agricultural Engineer in 2012. After that, I obtained a master's degree in Hydrosystems at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 2016 in Bogotá. Currently, I am studying for my PhD degree at the same university. As a part of my PhD, I have been doing two internships supervised by professor Sergio Andres Galindo Torres; the first one at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and the second one at the Westlake Univesity, China. I am interested in researching numerical methods and modelling of soil-water interaction processes. Besides research activities, I like to appreciate the nature and visual arts (renaissance one of my favourite), as well as enjoy bike rides as a sport.


Tingchang YIN

Mr Tingchang YIN

YIN received his Bachelor's and Master's degree both from the Guangxi University, PR China. He used to study rock mass blockiness, rock mass quality classification, homogeneous structural domain, and so on. Now, his research interest includes the Discrete Fracture Network (DFN), percolation theory, flow in DFN, etc. Besides, as a crazy fan of NBA, he likes playing basketball pretty much.


Hangtong LI

Ms Hangtong LI

I received my B.S. in Chemistry from University of Liverpool and my M.S. from University College London with a major in Materials for Energy and Environment. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering in Prof. Sergio Andres Galindo Torres' group. My research focuses on water-solid interactions at the nanoscale through Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulations and fabrication of the nanoscale functional materials (eg. Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs)). Besides, I like photography and travel.


Ling QIU

Mr Ling QIU

QIU received his Master's degree from University of Sheffield in Environmental and Energy Engineering and Bachelor's degree from University of Nottingham in Environmental Engineering. His current research interest is the development of a model for floating offshore wind turbines, under the supervision of Prof. Sergio Andres Galindo Torres. Qiu enjoys music and scuba diving in his free time.


Ling QIU

Ms Zaohui ZHANG

I am a PhD student in Dr. Sergio's group. I focus on the properties of granular-fluid system and it's engineering applications. I received my B.S. in the University of South China with the major of Mineral Resources Engineering, and M.S. in the Wuhan University of Technology (with a joint program in the Wuhan Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, majoring in Marine Geotechnical Engineering). After that, I engaged in the research and testing of materials, as well as the project management and consulting (in the Institute of Advanced Engineering Technology, Wuhan University of Technology, Zhongshan City).