Dr Cacin Wong is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. She holds a PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering from University College London.
Cacin completed her Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering with distinction at Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education in 2013. Her distinction grade allowed her to start Civil and Structural Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong, entering the third year out of four directly. She practiced as a geotechnical engineer after graduating with a Dean’s Honours List for her BEng degree. She was involved in large-scale geotechnical projects such as reclamation, instrumentation and monitoring, tunnelling, ELS bulk excavation and piled foundations, and also highway road maintenance project and structural construction project both on-site and also in a design office in Hong Kong. She was then awarded a departmental scholarship for her PhD degree from University College London. She worked as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at UCL, taught tutorial and laboratory classes (soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering) for MEng in Civil Engineering and MEng in Engineering & Architectural Design and help to supervise MSc dissertation projects.
Cacin's first journal paper won the prize for the best paper published in 2020 in Géotechnique Letters (Telford Premium of the Institution of Civil Engineers). She was also awarded the Drury Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers (UK) for best design in under 25 years old category at the Young Structural Engineers’ International Design Competition 2014. The project was to design a simple structure for disaster relief that could be applied in any disaster zone with local natural materials.
Cacin’s overarching approach to research is to link the micro-level, to the element testing, to the continuum finite element and also the discrete element modelling. She has extensive experience in designing a new apparatus and carrying out experimental tests as her PhD research project was focused on building and developing an inter-particle loading apparatus to measure the contact behaviour of railway ballast particles. This research was associated with a large project to create accurate DEM modelling of ballast, collaborating with the University of Nottingham and the University of Southampton. In this collaboration, she contributed towards the micromechanical behaviours of the ballast particles by developing apparatus and testing methods to obtain inter-particle parameters so they could use these parameters in the DEM models.
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
2017 – 2022
2014 – 2015
2013 – 2014
2012 – 2013
2011 – 2012
Wong, C. P. Y., & Coop, M. R. (In press). The contact mechanics of a UK railway ballast. Géotechnique.
Wong, C. P. Y., & Coop, M. R. (2020). Development of inter-particle friction in a railway ballast. Géotechnique Letters, 10(4), 535-541.
Wong, C. P. Y., Boorman, B., & Coop, M. R. (2019). The construction and commissioning of a new inter-particle loading apparatus for the micromechanical behaviour of railway ballast. In Proceedings of IS Atlanta 2018 symposium on geomechanics from micro to macro in research and practice.
Wong, C. P. Y. (2018). The development of a new micromechanical inter-particle loading apparatus for railway ballast, 15th BGA Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium (YGES) 2018, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, accepted for presentation.
2018: 15th BGA Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium
2018-2021: Geo-mechanics: From Micro to Macro travelling workshop (GM3)
2018: International Symposium on Geo-mechanics from Micro to Macro in Research and Practice in Atlanta (IS-Atlanta), USA