Wenyang Zhang, Ph.D.

Research Associate
HPC Applications

Phone: 512-475-9411 | Email: wzhang@tacc.utexas.edu

Dr. Zhang joined the High-Performance Computing group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center as Research Associate in 2021. He has been collaborating with the DesignSafe community, and many corporations on various projects. His current research interests include high-performance computing applications for natural hazards research such as earthquakes, fault displacement, landslide and liquefaction, scientific machine learning, advanced numerical simulations, and parallel computing.

During 2019-2021, Dr. Zhang worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar within the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He made remarkable contributions to developing computational and physical modeling and data analytics methodologies in design and performance assessment of life pipelines and infrastructure systems, to further enhance their resilience and sustainability. In addition, he devised an advanced computational flow for regional-scale nonlinear rupture-to-structure simulation by utilizing TACC's HPC facilities.

Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. His Ph.D. research focused on earthquake engineering, computational mechanics, and soil-structure interaction.

Selected Publications

W. Zhang, E. Taciroglu, A novel Rayleigh-type viscoelastic Perfectly-Matched-Layer for wave propagation analysis: Formulation, implementation and application, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2021:113913

W. Zhang, E. Taciroglu, 3D time domain nonlinear analysis of soil-structure systems subjected to obliquely incident SV wave in layered soil media, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 2021: 1-18

W. Zhang, K.W. Lim, S.F. Ghahari, P. Aruino, E. Taciroglu, On the implementation and validation of a three-dimensional pressure-dependent bounding surface plasticity model for soil nonlinear wave propagation and soil-structure interaction analyses, submitted to International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 2021: 1:29

A. Dehghanpoor, D. Thambiratnam, W. Zhang, T. Chan, E. Taciroglu, An extended probabilistic demand model with optimal intensity measures for seismic performance characterization of isolated bridges under coupled horizontal and vertical motion, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 2021: 1-33

W. Zhang, D. Restrepo, J. Crempien, B. Erkmen, A. Kurtulus, E. Taciroglu (2021), A computational workflow for rupture-to-structural-response simulation & its application to Istanbul, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 2021; 50: 177- 196.

S. Liu, P. Li, W. Zhang, Z. Lu (2020), Experimental study and numerical simulation on dynamic soil-structure interaction under earthquake excitations, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 138, 106333

S. Liu, P. Li, Z. Lu, W. Zhang, E. Taciroglu (2020), Effectiveness of particle tuned mass damper devices for pile-supported multi-story frames under seismic excitations, Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 2020; e2627

W. Zhang, M. Shokrabadi, Y. Bozorgnia, E. Taciroglu (2020), A methodology for fragility analysis of buried water pipes considering coupled horizontal and vertical ground motions, Computers and Geotechnics, 126, 103709

W. Zhang, E. Esmaeilzadeh Seylabi, E. Taciroglu (2019), An ABAQUS toolbox for soil-structure interaction analysis, Computers and Geotechnics, 114, 103143

W. Zhang, E. Esmaeilzadeh Seylabi, E. Taciroglu (2019), A quantitative assessment of the NCHRP 611 method for soil-structure interaction analysis of buried circular structures & a proposed improvement, Computers and Geotechnics, 113, 103103

L. Li, A. Maccabi, A. Abiri, Y.Y. Juo, W. Zhang, Y.J. Chang, G.N. Saddik, L. Jin, W.S. Grundfest, E.P. Dutson, J.D. Eldredge, R. Candler (2019), Characterization of perfused and sectioned liver tissue in a full indentation cycle using a visco-hyperelastic model, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 90, pp.591-603

Y. Xie, Q. Zheng, W. Yang, W. Zhang, R. DesRoches, J. Padgett, E. Taciroglu (2019), Probabilistic models of abutment backfills for regional seismic assessment of highway bridges in California, Engineering Structures, 180, 452-467

W. Zhang, E. Esmaeilzadeh Seylabi, E. Taciroglu (2017), Validation of a three-dimensional constitutive model for nonlinear site response and soil-structure interaction analyses using centrifuge test data, International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Vol. 41, 1828-1847

Current Projects

  • DesignSafe

Areas of Research

  • High-performance Computing Applications
  • Natural Hazard Engineering
  • Scientific Machine Learning
  • Computational Mechanics


  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, member