Wei Victor Liu, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 248-5649
6-263 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Area of Study / Keywords

Cement-based materials Geothermal modeling Mine dust



  • Ph.D., 2013, Mining Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Post Graduate Program., 2009, Mining Safety Technology and Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, China
  • B.Sc., 2008, Fire Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, China

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, 2020 - present, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Assistant Professor, 2014 - 2020, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Geotechnical Engineer, E.I.T., 2013 - 2014, Arctic Region at Tetra Tech EBA, Canada


Research Interests

My research interests are centered on the areas of cement-based materials (e.g., shotcrete and grout) and geothermal modeling. In addition, I have extended interests in the control of mine dust. In these areas, all graduate students have been guaranteed research projects with clear scopes and objectives. These projects and related publications can be found on my research website (link), which is regularly updated.


  • Delta Chi Teaching Award, Delta Chi Alberta, 2017
  • Analogy Originality Award, U of A Mining Club, 2017
  • Underground Mining Teaching Award, U of A Mining Club, 2016


  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (Elsevier)
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Mining Science and Technology (Elsevier)


MIN E 330 - Mine Transport and Plant Engineering

Underground and surface mine transport systems, including truck haulage, free steered vehicles, rail haulage, wire rope hoisting, belt conveying, silo storage, hydraulic pipelining and pneumatic conveying. Auxiliary mining services such as electric power distribution, pumping and compressed air power. Labs include software-based design problems dealing with the materials taught in the classroom. Prerequisites: MIN E 295 and ECE 209.

Winter Term 2021
MIN E 414 - Underground Mining Methods

Methods and applications in underground excavation and tools to select equipment for underground drilling and loading processes. Methodology to examine shape, size and orientation effects, as well as support requirements, in the design of underground mine opening. Methods include room-and-pillar, sublevel stoping and caving, vertical crater retreat, block caving, selective methods for vein mines, and underground coal mining systems. Labs include software-based design problems dealing with underground mining methods selection, visualization and optimization. Prerequisites: MIN E 323, MIN E 324 and MIN E 325 or consent of Instructor.

Fall Term 2020
MIN E 630 - Advanced Mine Transport

Advanced studies in the methods and systems of material movement in mines. In-depth consideration of selection, specifications, and costs of transportation for surface and underground mines. Prerequisites: MIN E 330 and 413, or 414, or consent of Instructor.

Winter Term 2021

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