Professor Jun Yang joined the HKU faculty after several years of research stays in Kyoto and Berlin, and is currently a full professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. His area of specialization is geotechnical and earthquake engineering. He has published extensively in leading journals in his fields and has been named by Clarivate among the world’s top 1% scholars by citations. His work has also been referenced in two design guides in the US. Among his honors are the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship, the NSFC Outstanding Overseas Young Scholar Award, the MOE Natural Science Award, the Zeng Guoxi Lectureship, and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was made a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2012, and also holds Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK, and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).