Principal Investigator




Qizhi He

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, UMN Data Science Initiative (DSI)
Faculty Scholar, Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) 

Ph.D., Structural Engineering & Computational Science, UC San Diego, 2018

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Office: CivE 240 | 500 Pillsbury Dr SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455
Email: qzhe 'at'
Phone: 612-624-0063

Current Group Members


Honghui Du
Ph.D. student (2022 - Present)
M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Xiamen University

I got my Master's degree with a speciality in Engineering Mechanics at Xiamen University (China) in 2022. I have been fascinated by computational mechanics with a focus on the development of numerical methods including Finite Element and Meshfree Methods. My current research lies in the improvement, combination, and application of deep learning and numerical tools for multiscale modeling. I usually hit the gym to spend my spare time.

​Published work:
1. Du, H.#, Zhao, Z. Cheng, H., Yan, J., He, Q. (2023) Modeling density-driven flow in porous media by physics-informed neural networks for CO2 sequestration, Computers and Geotechnics. 
2. Du, H.#, & He, Q. (2024). Neural-Integrated Meshfree (NIM) Method: A differentiable programming-based hybrid solver for computational mechanics. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 427, 117024.

- Hsiao Shaw-Lundquist Fellowship, 2024 



Yuxiang Wan
Research Associate (2022 - Present)
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University
B.E., Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University

Hobbies: Running, volleyball.
Life is meant to be enjoyed, though it is imperfect.

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Binyao Guo
Ph.D. student (2023 - Present)
M.Sc., Structural Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
B.E., Civil Engineering, University of Leeds/Southwest Jiaotong University

I am a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering, I am passionate about leveraging new technologies to address challenges in the engineering and mechanics domain. Currently, my research centers on harnessing AI for optimization and material design. Outside the academic realm, I love hiking, driving, and am dedicated to fitness. (Personal website:

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Zihan Lin
Masters student (2023 - Present)
B.E., Civil Engineering, Jilin University

Master's student in Civil Engineering with a keen interest in integrating Machine Learning with Geo/Solid Materials. Off the research grid, my sanctuary is the kitchen and the calming embrace of the pool.

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Sakthi Saravanan
Undergraduate student (2022 - Present)
Bachelor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

I am a sophomore pursuing a Civil Engineering major along with a Computer Science minor. I have a deep interest in computational optimization. I enjoy taekwondo and hitting the gym in my free time. 
(Joined: 11/2022)

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Niamh Wachholz
Undergraduate student (2022 - Present)
Bachelor of Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota

I am interested in structural engineering, where developing a firm understanding of Earth’s geological processes, aided by machine learning, to design structures that incorporate data-driven models for long-term sustainability, beauty, and optimization enters the center stage of engineering. In my free time, I love to read philosophical fiction, run, collect books & sketch.
(Joined: 09/2023)


Undergraduate Students

  • Brandon Herrera, BS/MS student in Computer Science, 11/2022-05/2023
  • Ziyang Gao, BS student in Mathematics, 06/2022-12/2022

Past mentees

  • Xiaolong He, 2018-2021 (Now: R&D Engineer, ANSYS, Inc.)
  • Shigeki Kaneko, 2018-2019 (Now: Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo)