Faculty

Gao, Ke
Associate Professor
gaok@sustech.edu.cn

Dr. Ke Gao received his Bachelor and Master degree in 2010 and 2012, respectively, in Geological Engineering, at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). In 2017, he obtained his Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics at the University of Toronto. After that, he spent two years (2017-2019) in the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Post Doc in Solid Earth Geophysics, and joined in SUSTech in 2019. Dr. Gao’s research mainly focuses on the simulation and investigation of stick-slip characteristics in sheared granular fault using the combined finite-discrete element method, tensor-based stress variability and stress heterogeneity characterization in fractured rock mass, nonlinear mesoscopic elasticity in geomaterials, and simulation of dynamic fracture propagation in hydraulic fracturing using FDEM. Dr. Gao has published nearly 30 papers in various journals and international conferences, and he also acted as reviewers for many Geophysics and Rock Mechanics related journals.

Education Background
2012 – 2017, Ph.D., Rock Mechanics, University of Toronto, Canada
2010 – 2012, M.Sc., Geological Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China
2006 – 2010, B.Sc., Geological Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China

Working Experiences
2021 – present, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
2019 – 2020, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
2017 – 2019, Post Doc, Solid Earth Geophysics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
2012 – 2017, Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto, Canada

Honors and Awards
Best paper in the 7th International Symposium on In Situ Rock Stress, Finland, May 2016
National Scholarship, by Ministry of Education of China, November 2007

Professional Services
American Rock Mechanics Association, Member
American Geophysics Union, Member
International Society for Rock Mechanics, Member
Canadian Geotechnical Society, Member
Society of American Seismology, Member
ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute, Member

Research
Earthquake Geophysics: Sheared granular fault gouge simulation, Earthquake source mechanics, Earthquake rupture
Rock Mechanics/Physics: Nonlinear mesoscopic elasticity of geomaterials, Stress variability, Stress heterogeneity
Computational Mechanics: Combined finite discrete element method (FDEM), Parallel Computing

Teaching
Continuum Mechanics
Rock Mechanics
Rock Physics