Professor K.T. Chau, Ph.D., is the Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his honors diploma with distinction from Hong Kong Baptist College (Hong Kong); his master’s of engineering in structural engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), where he was also awarded the Tim Kendall Memorial Prize (an academic prize for the best graduating student); his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University (USA); and an Executive Certificate from the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University.  
Dr. Chau worked as a full-time tutor/demonstrator/technician at Hong Kong Baptist College (19841985), as a research associate at the Asian Institute of Technology (summer of 1987), a research assistant at Northwestern University (19871991), and as a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University (19911992). At Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), he has served as a lecturer, an assistant professor, an associate professor, a full professor, and a chair professor since 1992. At PolyU, he was the Associate Dean (Research and Development) of the Faculty of Construction and Environment, the Associated Head of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, the Chairman of the Appeals and Grievance Committee, the Alternate Chairman of the Academic Appeals Committee, and the Alternate Chairman of the University Staffing Committee.
Dr. Chau is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), the past Chairman of the Geomechanics Committee (20052010) of the Applied Mechanics Division (AMD) of ASME, and the past Chairman of the Elasticity Committee (20102013) of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Young Scholar Award of the National Natural Science Foundation, China (2003); the France-Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme (20032004) of RGC of Hong Kong; and the Young Professor Overseas Placement Scheme of PolyU. He was a recipient of the Excellent Teaching Award of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2014). He is a past President of the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (20042006) after serving as member-at-large and Vice President. He also served as a Scientific Advisor of the Hong Kong Observatory of HKSAR Government, an RGC Engineering Panel member of the HKSAR Government for 7 consecutive years, and served as the Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Science. He held visiting positions at Harvard University (USA), Kyoto University (Japan), Polytech-Lille (France), Shandong University (China), Taiyuan University of Technology (China), the Rock Mechanics Research Center of CSIRO (Australia), and the University of Calgary (Canada).
PhD, Northwestern, 1991
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Chau’s research interests have included geomechanics and geohazards, including bifurcation and stability theories in geomaterials, rock mechanics, fracture and damage mechanics in brittle rocks, three-dimensional elasticity, earthquake engineering and mechanics, landslides and debris flows, tsunami and storm surges, and rockfalls and dynamic impacts, seismic pounding, vulnerability of tall buildings with transfer systems, and shaking table tests. He is the author of more than 100 journal papers and 200 conference publications. His first book entitled Analytic Methods in Geomechanics was published by CRC Press in 2013.
Personal Interests
In his leisure time, he enjoys swimming and takes part in master swimming competitions. He is the Honorable Manager of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Swimming Team. Since 2001, he has competed in Hong Kong Masters Games, the Hong Kong Territory-wise Age-Group Swimming Competition, the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association (HKASA) Masters Swimming Championships, and District Swimming Meets of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). He has also participated in international masters swimming competitions, including the Macau Masters Swimming Championship, the Singapore National Masters Swimming, Standard Chartered Asia Pacific Masters Swim Meet, Wisdom-Act International Swimming Championship (Taiwan), Standard Chartered Singapore Masters Swim 2007, Japan Masters Long Distance Swim Meet 2008 (Aichi Meet and Machida Meet), Japan Short Course Masters Swimming Championship 2009 (Kyoto), Marblehead Sprint Classics (USA), The Masters Games Hamilton (New Zealand), Hawaii Senior Olympics, National China Masters Swimming Championships, the Third Annual Hawaii International Masters Swim Meet, and the Fifth Penang Invitational Masters Swimming Championship (Malaysia). By 2007, he had competed in all long-course FINA events (i.e., 50 m, 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m freestyle; 50 m, 100 m and 200 m butterfly; 50 m, 100 m and 200 m breaststroke; 50 m, 100 m and 200 m backstroke; and 200 m and 400 m individual medley).
He also enjoys jogging and has completed four full marathons, including the Hong Kong International Marathon, the Chicago Oldstyle Marathon, and the China Coast Marathon with a personal best time of 3 hours, 34 minutes, and 15 seconds.