Dr. Gong is currently an associate professor in the department of civil engineering at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). He obtained his first degree (honours) and master degree in structural engineering both from Hua Zhong University of Science and Technology in China. He obtained a PhD in geotechnical engineering from University of Birmingham (UK) in 2008. He then worked in consultant companies including Mott MacDonald Limited (head office in London) and URS-Scott Wilson (Hong Kong office). He also worked in Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen, China) as an academic fellow (research and teaching) before joining XJTLU. His research interests include granular materials, soil liquefaction, constitutive elastic-plastic models, concrete cracking, concrete filled steel tubes, finite element method and discrete element method.