Wendy Zhou

Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering


Berthoud Hall 305D


  • Ph.D., Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • M.S., Computer Science, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • M.S., Geological Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • B.S., Engineering Geology, China University of Geology, Wuhan, China

Research Areas

  • GIS applications in natural resource management, environmental impact study, and geohazard zonation
  • SAR and PSInSAR applications in ground movement monitoring, such as ground subsidence, and landslide deformation rate
  • Rock mass characterization
  • Numerical modeling, such as finite element and finite difference methods, for ground thermal regime and tress-strain distribution in the rock or soil mass


  • Kim, K., Zhou, W., and Huang, S. L., in press, 2-D Frost Heave Prediction of a Burried Chilled Gas Pipeline in Fairbanks, Alaska, Cold Regions Science and Technology, 2008
  • Zhou, W., Chen, G., Li, H., Luo, H., and Huang, S. L., GIS Application in Mineral Resource Analysis – A Case Study of Offshore Marine Placer Gold at Nome, Alaska, in press, Computers and Geosciences, 2007
  • Li, H., Lou, H., Chen, G., Zhou, W., and Huang S. L., Visualized Geostatistical Analysis of Nome Offshore Gold Placer Deposit Using ArcGIS – A Case Study, SME Transaction, Volume 318, 2005
  • Misra, D., Wilson, T. D., Zhou, W., Dandekar, A., and D’Cunha, N., Control of Spilled Petroleum in a Terrestrial Environment Using Activated Coal Phase I – at Ambient Indoor Conditions, World Journal of Engineering, December 2004, Vol. 1, No. 2, 53-66, 2004
  • Luo, H., Zhou, W., and Huang S. L., Earthquake-Induced Stability Analysis of Las Colinas Landslide in El Salvador, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Vol. 41, No. 3, 2B 26, 2004
  • Zhou, W., and S. L. Huang, Modeling Impacts of Thaw Lakes to the Ground Thermal Regime in Northern Alaska, Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, June 2004, Vol. 18, No. 2, 70-87, 2004
  • Zhou, W., and Maerz, N. H., Identify the Optimum Drilling Direction for Characterization of Discontinuous Rock, Environment and Engineering Geosciences, Vol. VIII, No. 4, 295-307, 2002
  • Zhou, W., and Maerz, N. H., Implementation of multivariate clustering methods for characterizing discontinuities from oriented boreholes, Computers and Geosciences, 28 (2002) 827-839, 2002.

Courses Taught

  • EPICS 251 – GIS
  • GEGN 475 – Applications of Geographic Information Systems
  • GEGN 432 – Geological Data Management
  • GEGN 575 – Applications of Geographic Information Systems