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PHOON Kok Kwang

方国光

 

Distinguished Professor & Vice Provost (Academic Personnel)

 

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
National University of Singapore

Blk E1A, #07-03, 1 Engineering Drive 2
Singapore 117576
Tel: (65) 6516 6783

Fax: (65) 6779-1635
Email:
kkphoon@nus.edu.sg

 

Photo courtesy of International Symposium on Life-cycle Engineering and Sustainability of Infrastructure, 10-11 Nov 2017, Taipei, Taiwan.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

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Mapping the Global Risks Landscape Workshop, 5 Oct 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

李典庆, 唐小松, 曹子君(译). 方国光,约翰·雷迪夫(著). 基于ISO2394的岩土工程可靠度设计[M]. 北京: 中国水利水电出版社, 2018 (Chinese translation of Phoon, K. K. & Retief, J. V. (2016), Reliability of Geotechnical Structures in ISO2394, CRC Press/Balkema)

Sixth International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (6ISRERM), 31 May-1 June 2018, Singapore web

 

 

 

  Biography

KK Phoon is Distinguished Professor and Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), National University of Singapore. He is widely recognized for his work on geotechnical reliability-based design that has influenced recent codes such as ISO2394:2015. His work has garnered more than 8100 cites (h-index 43) in Google Scholar. His 2003 paper on multiple load and resistance factor (MRFD) design garnered the Norman Medal in 2005, the highest and most prestigious technical paper award bestowed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

 

KK Phoon is the founding editor of Georisk.  He has edited 3 books: Reliability of Geotechnical Structures in ISO2394 (CRC Press/Balkema, 2016), Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering (CRC Press, 2015), and Reliability-Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering (Spon Press, 2008). He was elected Fellow of ASCE in 2008, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) in 2009, and Fellow of Academy of Engineering Singapore in 2012. He has delivered presentations in 24 countries 80 cities around the world, including the inaugural S.L. Lee Lecture (2013), 11th J.E. Jennings Memorial Lecture (2013), 10th Sun Jun Lecture (2015), and 4th Wilson Tang Lecture (2015).

Google Scholar

 1-page bio (PDF 230 KB)

Education/professional qualifications
  • Professional Engineer (PEng), Singapore
  • ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer
  • Fellow, Academy of Engineering Singapore
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers Singapore
  • PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (USA)

Experience
 
  • Distinguished Professor, National University of Singapore

  • Provost's Chair Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Senior tutor, Lecturer, Assistant Professor/tenured, Associate Professor, Professor, National University of Singapore
Leadership
  • Interim Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for Public Understanding of Risk, 2016-2018
  • Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), NUS, 2015-
  • Board Member, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), 2017-2020
  • Vice-President, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), 2017
  • Executive Board Member, International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR), USA, 2013 - 2020
  • Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS, 2013-2015
  • President, Geotechnical Society of Singapore, 2010-2011

  Honours & Awards
  • Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation, 2017
  • John Booker Medal, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, 2014
  • Chair Professor, The Innovation Center for Disaster Prevention in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China, 2014-2018
  • Distinguished Professor, National University of Singapore, 2013
  • Outstanding Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Society of Singapore, 2012
  • Fellow, Academy of Engineering Singapore (新加坡工程院院士), 2012
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award (2009/2010, 2010/2011)
  • Engineering Educator Award (2010/2011, 2011/2012)
  • Provost's Chair Professor, National University of Singapore, 2011-2013
  • Kwang-Hua (光华) Chair Professor, Tongji University, China, 2010
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, National University of Singapore, 2010
  • Hogentogler Award, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), 2007
  • Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2005
  • Named Lectures: Inaugural S.L. Lee Lecture (2013), 11th J.E. Jennings Memorial Lecture (2013), 10th Sun Jun Lecture (2015), 4th Wilson Tang Lecture (2015)

Professional Activities

  Recent conferences
 
  • Conference Chair, Sixth International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (6ISRERM), 31 May-1 June 2018, Singapore
  • Scientific Committee, Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2018), Ghent, Belgium, 28-31 Oct, 2018
  • Scientific Committee, 8th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing (REC), 16-18 July 2018, University of Liverpool, UK

  Recent Publications
  • Tang, C. & Phoon, K. K., “Model Uncertainty of Eurocode 7 Approach for the Bearing Capacity of Circular Footings on Dense Sand”, International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 17(3), Mar 2017, 1-9 (04016069)
  • Ching, J. Y., Lin, G. H., Chen, J. R. & Phoon, K. K., “Transformation Models for Effective Friction Angle and Relative Density Calibrated based on Generic Database of Coarse-grained Soils”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 54(4), Apr 2017, 481-501
  • Ching, J. Y., Phoon, K. K. & Pan, Y. K., “On Characterizing Spatially Variable Soil Young’s Modulus Using Spatial Average”, Structural Safety, 66, May 2017, 106–117
  • Tang, X. S., Li, D. Q., Cao, Z. J. & Phoon, K. K., “Impact of Sample Size on Geotechnical Probabilistic Model Identification”, Computers and Geotechnics, 87, July 2017, 229-240
  • Ching, J. Y. & Phoon, K. K., “Characterizing Uncertain Site-specific Trend Function by Sparse Bayesian Learning”, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 143(7), July 2017, 04017028
  • Chai, H. Y., Zhang, D. J., Phoon, K. K., Wu, Q. Y. & Chai, X. W., “Spatial Behaviour of Rayleigh Waves in Layered Half-spaces Under Active Surface Sources”, Geophysical Prospecting, 65(4), July 2017, 992–1003
  • Tang, C., Phoon, K. K., Zhang, L. & Li, D. Q., “Model Uncertainty for Predicting the Bearing Capacity of Sand Overlying Clay”, International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 17(7), July 2017, 04017015
  • Ching, J. Y., Sung, S. P. & Phoon, K. K., “Worst Case Scale of Fluctuation in Basal Heave Analysis Involving Spatially Variable Clays”, Structural Safety, 68, Sep 2017, 28-42
  • Ching, J. Y., Phoon, K. K., Beck, J. L. & Huang, Y., “Identifiability of Geotechnical Site-Specific Trend Functions”, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, Invited paper for special collection – “Probabilistic Site Characterization”, 3(4), Dec 2017, 04017021
  • Deng, Z. P., Li, D. Q., Qi, X. H., Cao, Z. J. & Phoon, K. K., “Reliability Evaluation of Slope Considering Geological Uncertainty and Inherent Variability of Soil Parameters”, Computers and Geotechnics, 92, Dec 2017, 121-131

Selected editorial/authored works

  • Phoon K. K. & Retief, J. V. (Editors), Reliability of Geotechnical Structures in ISO2394, CRC Press/Balkema, 2016 (book)
  • Phoon K. K. & Ching, J. Y. (Editors), Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering, CRC Press, 2014, 594 p. (book)
  • Phoon K. K. (Editor), Reliability-Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering: Computations and Applications, CRC Press, 2008,  544 p. (book)

 

  • Phoon K. K. (Guest Editor), Special Issue on "Probabilistic Site Characterization, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems: Part A (Special Journal Issue) - in progress
  • Phoon K. K. (Guest Editor), Special Issue on "Flow and transport in porous media in the face of uncertainty", Environmental Geotechnics (Special Journal Issue) - in progress
  • Phoon K. K. (Guest Editor), Special Issue on “10th Anniversary Issue for Georisk", Georisk, 11(1), 2017  (Special Journal Issue)
  • Chian, S. C. & Phoon, K. K. (Guest Editors), Special Issue on “Geotechnical Challenges in Singapore”, ISSMGE International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories, 3(3), 2016(Special Journal Issue)
  • Li, D. Q., Zhang, J., Phoon, K. K. & Gokceoglu, C. (Guest Editors), Special Issue on “Probabilistic and Soft Computing Methods for Engineering Geology”, Engineering Geology, Volume 203, March 2016 (Special Journal Issue)
  • Phoon, K. K. (Guest Editor), Special Issue in Honour of Professor Wilson Tang, Structural Safety, 2014 (Special Journal Issue)
  • Phoon K. K. & Goh, S. H. (Guest Editors), Special Issue on “Information Technology for Geotechnical Engineering”, Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 2013 (Special Journal Issue)
  • Phoon K. K. & Ching, J. Y. (Guest Editors), Special Issue on “Advances in Reliability-Based Design in Geotechnics”, Journal of GeoEngineering, 2010  (Special Journal Issue)
  • Withiam, J. L., Phoon, K. K., Hussein, M. H., Foundation Engineering in the Face of Uncertainty, Geotechnical Special Publications 229, ASCE, Reston, 2013. (GSP)
  • Juang, C. H., Phoon, K. K., Puppala, A. J., Green, R.A. & Fenton, G. A., Georisk 2011 - Geotechnical Risk Assessment and Management, Geotechnical Special Publications 224, ASCE, Reston, 2011. (GSP)
  • Phoon, K. K., Fenton, G. A., Glynn, E. F., Juang, C. H., Griffiths, D. V., Wolff, T. F. & Zhang, L. M. (Editors), Probabilistic Applications in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Special Publications 170, ASCE, Reston, 2007. (GSP)

           
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