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Hongyan MA, Ph.D.

CEC Dean’s Scholar and Associate Professor

Materials Engineering

Research Interests

  • Future cements
    - Cement efficiency enhancing strategies
    - Novel supplementary cementitious materials
    - Alternative cements
  • Hydration kinetics of (blended) cementitious materials
  • Compositional and microstructural characterizations
  • Multi-scale modeling (from molecular dynamics to macroscopic FEM) of concrete
  • Mechanisms and mitigation of concrete deterioration
  • Acoustics- and optics-based NDTs and sensing
  • Nano- and biological technologies in construction
  • Solid waste upcycling
  • Energy storage and massive CO2 sequestration

Courses Taught

Construction Materials: Properties and Testing (CE3116); Composition and Properties of Concrete (CE5113); Mechanics of Materials (CE2210)

Professional Experience

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST, (2013-2015)
  • Part-time Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST (2012-2013)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST, (2008-2012)

Major Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Research Award, Missouri S&T, (2019)
  • College of Engineering and Computing Dean’s Scholar, Missouri S&T, (2019)
  • Joseph H. Senne Jr. Academy of Civil Engineers Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award, Missouri S&T, (2019)
  • ExCEEd Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, (2017)




  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2013
  • M. Eng. Structural Engineering, Shenzhen University, China, 2008
  • B. Law, Chongqing University, China, 2005
  • B. Eng. Inorganic Non-metallic Materials Engineering, Chongqing University, China, 2005