Dr Qideng Sun was honoured as the recipient of the Best Paper Award for Young Professionals at the 3rd International Conference on Ground Improvement and Ground Control in Hangzhou, China for his outstanding paper in the area of laboratory and numerical study of the behaviour of sub-ballast reinforced with used tyre. The award carries a cash prize of US $500, and the best candidate is selected on the basis of the scientific depth and innovation as well as the industry impact made, considering a large number of submitted papers and subsequent oral presentations by a panel of judges and Chairs of all technical sessions at the Conference.

This paper co-authored with Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna and Dr Ana Heitor is based on the current efforts in studying the performance of a rubber-based energy absorbing layer for railroad stability, following the international patent between Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering, UOW and EcoFlex International, and the challenging concepts in railway geotechnics developed earlier during his PhD degree at the University of Wollongong.

Sponsored by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), Dr Sun obtained his doctoral degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wollongong in 2015 under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna.

Dr Sun is currently a Research Associate at the UOW’s Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering.  He is an alumni of Tongji University, China.