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  • Biography


    Jan. 2015 - May. 2019, Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (Advisor: Paul Mayne)

    Aug. 2013 - Dec. 2014, M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (Advisor: Paul Mayne)

    Aug. 2011 - May. 2013, B.Eng. in Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, China (Advisor: Albert T. Yeung)

    Professional Experience

    Jul. 2022 - present, Assistant Professor, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, China

    Aug. 2021 – Jul. 2022, Assistant Professor, University of New Haven, USA

    Aug. 2020 – Aug. 2021, Assistant Professor, University of Mount Union, USA

    Sep. 2019 – Aug.2020, Instructor, Oregon State University, USA

    Additional Positions

    Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

    Member, Deep Foundation Institute (DFI)


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  • Current Courses

    Master’s & Ph.D. Advising

    Dr. Ouyang is currently accepting Master and Ph.D. students, please contact me at

  • Research Interests

    Prof. Ouyang’s research is focused on developing robust and sustainable ocean geotechnics solutions to improve the safety of the offshore infrastructure and cope with the engineering challenges brought by climate change. This includes developing intelligent geotechnical testing tools and novel sensor-based solutions using in-situ testing techniques ranging from piezocone pentrometers (CPTu), flat dilatometers (DMT) to other tools to aid engineers in the characterization of offshore geomaterials and design of eco-friendly offshore foundations. The newly founded Ocean Geotechnics (OG) Lab at the Institute for Ocean Engineering at Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School has the following research areas:

    1. In-situ testing (CPT, CPTu, SCPTu, DMT)

    2. Geotechnical and geophysical site characterization

    3. Offshore foundation design


    1. 2014-2015 Fugro, “Automated methodology for evaluating the undrained shear strength profile of offshore clays from cone penetration tests”

    2. 2015-2019 ConeTec, “Evaluation of effective stress strength of soils from CPTu and DMT”

    3. 2019-2022 Illinois Center for Transportation, “Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) for Illinois Subsurface Characterization and Geotechnical Design”

    Research Output

  • Selected Publications

    [1]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2017. Effective friction angle of soft to firm clays from flat dilatometer tests. Geotechnical Engineering. Vol. 170 (2) Proc. Institution of Civil Engineers, London: 137-147 Q4)

    [2]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2018. Effective friction angle of clays and silts from cone piezocone penetration tests. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 55(9): 1230–1247, doi:10.1139/cgj-2017-0451 (Editor’s Choice papers for 2018, JCR Q2)

    [3]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P. W. 2018. Effective stress strength parameters of clays from DMT. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. Vol. 41, No. 5: 851-867: ISSN 0149-6115 (JCR Q4)

    [4]Agaiby, S., Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2018. Helical probe tests in residual soils of the Appalachian Piedmont. Geomechanics and Geoengineering. an international journal, Taylor & Francis Group, London: DOI: 10.1080/17486025.2018.1434244

    [5]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2019. Modified NTH method for assessing the effective friction angle of normally-consolidated and overconsolidated clays from piezocone tests. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 145(10) (JCR Q2)

    [6]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2020. Effective stress friction angle of normally consolidated and overconsolidated intact clays from piezocone tests. Geotechnical Engineering Journal of the SEAGS & AGSSEA Vol. 51 No. 2

    [7]Ouyang, Z., & Mayne, P. W. 2020. Closure to “Modified NTH Method for Assessing Effective Friction Angle of Normally Consolidated and Overconsolidated Clays from Piezocone Tests” by Zhongkun Ouyang and Paul W. Mayne. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 146(9), (JCR Q2)

    [8]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2021. Variable Rate Piezocone Data Evaluated Using NTH Limit Plasticity Solution. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. Vol. 44 (JCR Q4)

    [9]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. & Sharp, J. 2016. Review of clay chamber tests using miniature cone and piezocone penetrometers, Proc. GeoVancouver 2016, (69th Canadian Geotechnical Conference), Canadian Geotechnical Society:

    [10]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2016. New DMT method for evaluating soil unit weight in soft to firm clays, Proc. Fifth International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization (ISC-5, Jupiters Resort, Gold Coast), Australian Geomechanics Society:

    [11]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2017. Spherical cavity expansion nexus between CPTu and DMT in soft-firm clays. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 1, Korean Geotechnical Society, Seoul: 631-634.

    [12]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P. W. 2018. Calibration of NTH method for friction angle using centrifuge CPTu in clays. Proceedings, 4th International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing, (CPT'18, Delft), CRC Press/Balkema:

    [13]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P. W. 2019. Evaluating rigidity index, OCR, and su from dilatometer data in soft to firm clays. Proceedings, 16th Panamerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Cancun. Mexican Geotechnical Society)

    [14]Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W. 2020. Modified NTH solution for overconsolidated fissured clays, Proc. Sixth International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization ISC-6

    [15]Mayne, P.W., Agaiby, S., Ouyang, Z. 2021. Analytical effective stress piezocone methods for assessing geoparameters of offshore clay, Proc. 4th International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics




  • Awards and Honors

    1. Nominated for 2022 Faculty Award in “Excellence in Experiential Education” at the University of New Haven

    2. 2019 George F. Sowers Distinguished Graduate Student Award by ASCE Atlanta Geo-Institute Section and Georgia Tech Geosystems Engineering Group

    3. Editor’s Choice paper: Ouyang, Z., Mayne, P.W., 2018, Effective friction angle of clays and silts from cone piezocone penetration tests. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 55 (9): 1230–1247.

    4. Bill Schutz Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

    5. First Place at the Technology Venture Competition, issued by The Scheller College of Business and The College of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (12/2016)