La Trobe Asia is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Leong Eng Choon as a guest to La Trobe University. Dr Leong holds a position at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
Dr Leong is visiting to collaborate with Associate Professor Hossam Abuel-Naga, Head of Civil Engineering Discipline at La Trobe University. Their research will involve experiments to assess the role of matrix and osmotic suction in the mechanical behaviour of partially saturated soils.
“Having Dr Leong visit La Trobe University and work with us in person is a tremendous help to our research,” said Dr Abuel-Naga. “His expertise in unsaturated soils and the work his team has been doing at NTU leads the field in this research."
"As a researcher in unsaturated soils, it is heartening to see the “birth” of another unsaturated soil mechanics laboratory led by Professor Abuel-Naga,” said Dr Leong. "I hope to contribute to that growth and look forward to working with Hossam and his group."
During his visit Dr Leong delivered keynote lectures to academics and construction industry professionals, describing laboratory testing of soil suction performed by his team at NTU.
Dr Leong’s visit is one of four that have been funded through the La Trobe Asia Visiting Fellowship Grant Program, which will see Asia-based researchers come to La Trobe University to work on high quality research outputs, strengthen partnerships, and foster research engagement with Asia-based research institutions.
"We are pleased to welcome Dr Leong as the inaugural La Trobe Asia Visiting Research Fellow as it reflects both the growing research ties between La Trobe and Nanyang Technological University, and strengthens the ties between Australia and Singapore,” said Professor Nick Bisley, Executive Director of La Trobe Asia.
"I am confident this will further enhance the university's research standing and lead to fruitful research collaborations between our two institutions."