• Undergraduate

Nguyen Hop Minh

Faculty Member in Engineering


Fields of Interest:  

  • Geotechnical engineering 
  • Geomechanics 
  • Engineering design 
  • Civiltronics   

Education:Ph.D. 2008, Saitama University, Japan   


Dr. Minh Nguyen is a geotechnical engineer, who teaches and researches in the areas of the mechanical behavior of geomaterials (i.e., soils and rocks) in civil and petroleum engineering applications. He was the Principal Investigator of several research projects with total funding of over 2 million US dollars from both academic and industrial funding sources. He established engineering laboratories, designed research equipment, and supervised several Ph.D. projects to completion. At Fulbright, he developed his interest in engineering educational innovation in terms of the project-based learning approach, that allows students to develop their interest, knowledge, skills, and a suitable mindset in an authentic engineering working environment. The innovative learning environment fostered true collaboration, an appreciation for knowledge in problem-solving, and prepared students as life-long learners.    

Minh was born in Hanoi but completed his first-degree education from the University of Technology in Hochiminh city. He spent 15 years working in different countries in Asia and Europe to obtain postgraduate degrees and develop an academic career, which included almost a decade working in new universities, developing new programs, and academic frameworks.     


  • Design and Systems Thinking  
  • Sensor, Measurement and Analysis  
  • Integrated Engineering Project  
  • Soil Mechanics  
  • Engineering Geology   
  • Rock Mechanics  

Select Publications:(with Fulbright affiliation)   

Khamitov, Furkhat, Nguyen Hop Minh, and Yong Zhao. “Coupled CFD–DEM numerical modelling of perforation damage and sand production in weak sandstone formation.” Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 28 (2021): 100255.  

Kozhagulova, Ashirgul, Ainash Shabdirova, Nguyen Hop Minh, and Yong Zhao. “An integrated laboratory experiment of realistic diagenesis, perforation and sand production using a large artificial sandstone specimen.” Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 13, no. 1 (2021): 154-166.  

Kozhagulova, Ashirgul, Nguyen Hop Minh, Yong Zhao, and Sai Cheong Fok. “Experimental and analytical investigation of sand production in weak formations for multiple well shut-ins.” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 195 (2020): 107628.  

Shabdirova, A. D., Furkhat Khamitov, A. A. Kozhagulova, Yerlan Amanbek, N. H. Minh, and Yong Zhao. “Experimental and numerical investigation of the plastic zone permeability.” In 54th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium. OnePetro, 2020.  

Kozhagulova, Ashirgul, Nguyen Hop Minh, Yong Zhao, and Sai Cheong Fok. “A study on bond breakage behavior of weak Cretaceous Kazakhstani reservoir sandstone analogue.” Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 21 (2020): 100159.  

Rakhimzhanova, Aigerim K., Colin Thornton, Nguyen Hop Minh, Sai Cheong Fok, and Yong Zhao. “Numerical simulations of triaxial compression tests of cemented sandstone.” Computers and Geotechnics 113 (2019): 103068.  

Shabdirova, Ainash, Nguyen Hop Minh, and Yong Zhao. “A sand production prediction model for weak sandstone reservoir in Kazakhstan.” Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 11, no. 4 (2019): 760-769.  

Minh, N. H., and Dichuan Zhang. “Soil Responses to Monotonic and Cyclic Lateral Displacement of a Buried Pipe.” Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice 10, no. 3 (2019): 04019012.  

Khamitov, Furkhat, Nguyen Hop Minh, Yong Zhao, and Sai Cheong Fok. “Implementation of JKR contact model in LIGGGHTS.” In Proceedings Of The 8th International Conference On Discrete Element Methods. The Netherlands, 2019.