27 November 2019
When your name is Yingang Du ('Du' means civil engineering in Chinese, and 'Yingang' to guide someone on steel/concrete design), it makes sense to take civil engineering as your career.
I'm a Senior Lecturer and MSc course leader in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. At ARU, I carry out teaching and research in civil engineering.
I deliver at least seven different modules to BSc/BEng undergraduates and MSc postgraduates as a module leader. Each year, I supervise about eight students for their research projects and final-year dissertations. I am also the Course leader for MSc Civil Engineering.
My research has always been in the area of the safety and sustainability of engineering structures. I have published nine technical papers in peer-reviewed international journals since I joined ARU in 2012, seen two PhD students graduate, and made a submission to REF 2014. I'm also a member of the Research Panel and Educational Committee of IstructE, the Institution of Structural Engineers.
I also do a lot of administrative activities behind the scenes to make sure everything ticks along as smoothly as possible.
I came to work at ARU for its dynamic and inclusive working environment.
I love delivering structural modules, and supporting students’ learning by constantly improving module delivery and providing constructive feedback.
ARU always puts students as its first priority, providing extensive resources and support. Personally, I really value students’ views and time. I do all I can to support their learning and improve their experience, and I'm proud to have been nominated three times for the University's 'Made a Difference' awards.