Richard Wan is a Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary. He holds a diplôme d’ingénieur from the Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de L’Etat (ENTPE), an MSc in geotechnical engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a PhD. in geomechanics from the University of Alberta.
He has many years of experience in geomechanics with special emphasis on continuum mechanics, micromechanics, experimental mechanics, soil and rock mechanics, constitutive laws for engineering materials and numerical modelling of complex geotechnical structures. He sits on the Editorial Board of several International Journals and is the Vice-Chair of the TC103 (Numerical Methods) of the ISSMGE. His research expertise covers the fields of Geomechanics and Computational Mechanics with applications such as energy resource extraction and cold regions engineering. He also conducts biomechanics/biomedical research related to the freezing of tissues such as in Prostrate Cryosurgery.