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Ir Dr. Yancheng CAI is the Civil Engineering Program Leader at HKMU. He obtained his doctoral degree in structural engineering from The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2013. He then worked in the engineering industry and HKU for the practice and research in structural engineering during 2014-2020. In July 2020, he took up the position of research assistant professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He joined Hong Kong Metropolitan University as an assistant professor in August 2022. Dr. Cai’s research mainly focuses on behaviour and design of high performance steel (including stainless steel and high strenth steel) structures at room and elevated temperatures. His specialties include the combination of experimental design, numerical modelling and theoretical analysis in investigation, stability and connection details of high performance steel structures and steel modular systems. Dr. Cai received the Grand Prize of the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members in 2018 and, the “Commendation Merit - R&D Award by Joint Structural Division of Structural Division of HKIE and the IStructE in 2017, etc.

Research interests

  • Additively Manufactured Metal Structures; Composite structures; Construction technology; Connections and joints; High performance steel; Modular Structures.




2014-2016: Completed HKIE Scheme "A" Training in Structural Engineering


  • Member of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)
  • Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Corresponding member of Research Panel (since 2019 - ), the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK
  • Editorial Panel Member (2016 - 2021), Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering


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