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Ming Cai

Ming Cai

Full Professor, Bharti School of Engineering & Computation
Bharti School of Engineering and Computation
Science, Engineering and Architecture


Dr. Cai is a Full Professor in Laurentian University's School of Engineering and holds a position as Geomechanics Research Chair. Dr. Cai holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Tsinghua University in China and a Ph.D degree from the University of Tokyo in Japan. Prior to joining Laurentian, he worked for Mansour Group Inc., MIRARCO, Tokyo Electric Power Services Ltd., and Tsinghua University and had over 30 years’ research, education, and industry experience. He has a wide variety of interests in rock mechanics and rock engineering, and has made exceptional technical and scientific contributions to many topics, including constitutive modeling of rock masses, rock mass characterization, rock support, interpretation of AE and microseismic monitoring data, and rock failure process simulation, etc. Dr. Cai is the author/co-author of more than 200 scientific publications. Dr. Cai is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada.


  • Ph.D. (The University of Tokyo)
  • M.A.Sc. (Tsinghua)
  • B.A.Sc. (Tsinghua)

Academic Appointments

Editorial Board Member of

International Journal of Georesources and Environment (IJGE)

Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology

Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

Canadian Geotechnical Journal

Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Geohazard Mechanics

Rock Mechanics Bulletin

Deep Resources Engineering (Associate Editor)


  •          Rock support in burst-prone grounds
  •          Rock failure process simulation
  •          Brittle rock failure mechanism
  •          Mining induced seismicity
  •          Rock mass characterization
  •          Constitutive modeling of jointed rock masses
  •          Design of underground excavations
  •          Tunnel stability
  •          Numerical simulation methods (continuum, discontinuum, and hybrid methods)


  • NSERC Discovery grant, Alliance grant, and multiple CRD grants
  • Industry grants
  • ISRM Congress best paper award
  • John A. Franklin Award


Courses taught:

ENGR-1056 Applied Mechanics I

ENGR-1057 Applied Mechanics II

ENGR-2026 Engineering Materials

ENGR-2076 Mechanics of Materials - I

ENGR-2346 Rock Mechanics

ENGR-2356 Underground Mining Methods

ENGR-2587 Mechanics of Materials - II

ENGR-3387 Ground Control

ENGR-4127 Mining Engineering Design Project

ENGR-5307 Advanced Rock Mechancis

ENGR-5317 Application of Rock Mechanics in Mine Design

ENGR-5396 Topics in Mining Engineering