• Wenbo has been awarded his first NSERC discovery grant ‘Improving characterization and modelling of the rock-proppant interaction in hydraulic fractures for deep-earth geo-resource extraction’. Many thanks for the support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • Wenbo is pleased to serve on the Rock Mechanics Division Committee and the Soil Mechanics and Foundation Division Committee of the Canadian Geotechnical Society.
  • Co-authored with Professor Ranjith’s group at Monash University in Australia, a paper titled ‘An experimental investigation of the effect of long-term, time-dependent proppant embedment on fracture permeability and fracture aperture reduction’ has been published in the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. Check it out: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrmms.2021.104813


Dr. Wenbo Zheng is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Northern British Columbia. Wenbo received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, and a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Tongji University in China, all in geotechnical engineering. Wenbo’s research interests lie in geomechanics that applies to a broad spectrum of geo-resource and geohazard issues, including sand proppant crushing/embedment in shale gas extraction, slope stability/landslides, and tunnelling. His current research focuses on integrating advanced laboratory characterization (e.g. x-ray CT) with computational geomechanics (e.g. discrete element modelling) to understand the fundamental behaviours of geomaterials and their implication to engineering applications.

I am currently accepting highly motivated graduate students applying to my research group. Interested candidates can send a CV/resume to my email address.

Dr. Wenbo Zheng, P.Eng.
Civil Engineering, School of Engineering
The University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, Canada
Tel: +1 250-960-5698
E-mail: wenbo.zheng at unbc.ca;