Andy Nichols

Dr Andy Nichols’ research focuses on the development of new sensing technology, primarily for the water industry, to improve and provide new opportunities for the measurement and management of processes in water courses...

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Joby Boxall

Professor Joby Boxall’s research protects public health and well-being through ensuring the quality of our water supply...

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Jonathan Black

Dr Jonathan Black researches the geotechnics of energy and infrastructure resilience. By understanding how the ground, and the materials the ground is made up of, holds energy and acts under various external drivers, global energy supply can be secured and made more sustainable...

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Jurgen Becque

Dr Jurgen Becque researches steel structures and their stability. This fundamental stability research uses analytical methods and software to predict instability...

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Kypros Pilakoutas

Professor Kypros Pilakoutas’s research focuses on making concrete more durable and environmentally friendly by replacing some of the components used in its manufacture with recycled materials...

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Lis Bowman

Dr Lis Bowman studies the geotechnics of landslides, high speed debris flows and rock avalanches...

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Student profile - Sebina's story

Sebina is originally from Gujarat in India and she’s studying MEng Civil & Structural Engineering with a Year in Industry...

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Student profile - Tegen's story

Tegen is originally from Bristol and is studying MEng Structural Engineering & Architecture...

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Student profile - Tekky's story

Tekky is originally from Malysia and is studying MEng Civil & Structural Engineering...

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Alumni memories - Ahmad's story

I am involved with property management especially maintenance of assets in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...

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Alumni profile - Catherine's story

Catherine is a Structural Engineer at Arup. She graduated from the Department in 2013 with a first-class MEng in Structural Engineering & Architecture. One of her projects has been the design of the Leadenhall Building in London...

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Sam's research into explosions in clay

The UK Government has recently supported new research by Dr Sam Clarke from the Department into blast behaviour that could potentially save British troops...

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Vanessa's research - can drinking water be delivered without chlorine?

When we open the tap, we expect the water to be safe. That is, the water should be free of pathogens that could make us sick and any chemicals that could cause problems later in life...

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Donald Bailey

Sheffield graduate Donald Bailey was responsible for one of the major inventions of the war – The Bailey Bridge...

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Shan Shan's research - a concrete world first

The first world-wide, large-scale casting using recycled tyre polymer fibres took place in the Department in October as part of Dr Shan-Shan Huang and Prof Kypros Pilakoutas's Newton Fund Innovation Bridge award..

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Steve Thornton's groundwater research

Professor Steve Thornton’s research focuses on protecting our groundwater from pollutants. Groundwater is the water found underground in the cracks and spaces in soil...

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Alumni profile - Chris's story

Chris graduated from the Department in 2014 with a BEng in Civil Engineering. He is originally from Rotherham...

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Alumni profile - Toby's story

Toby graduated from the Department in 2014 with a first class MEng in Civil & Structural Engineering. He is originally from Hampshire...

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Alumni profile - Sarah's story

Sarah graduated from the Department in 2014 with a Masters in Civil and Structural Engineering. She is originally from Kent...

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Alumni profile - Balgovind's story

Balgovind Ranjith is originally from India and is studying BEng Civil & Structural Engineering with a year in industry...

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James Shucksmith

Dr James Shucksmith has two overarching research interests; pollution and flooding in both urban and rural environments...

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Student profile - Jennifer's story

Jennifer is originally from Hampshire and she’s studying MEng Civil Engineering...

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Luca Susmel

Professor Luca Susmel’s research concentrates on why components in structures fail, how we can predict this, and how we can design to prevent this...

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Martin Mayfield

Professor Martin Mayfield aims to enable students to understand how to create engineering solutions that allow humanity to thrive...

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Matthew Gilbert

Professor Matthew Gilbert’s research aims to develop a deeper understanding of the mechanical behaviour of materials and structures...

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Maurizio Guadagnini

Maurizio Guadagnini was inspired by his Civil Engineer father, and trained to follow in his footsteps, wanting to make a difference to the world around him...

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Mihail Petkovski

Dr Mihail Petkovski studies concrete at elevated temperatures, particularly when it is used in nuclear engineering, for structures that act as shields in nuclear plants...

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Andy Tyas

Professor Andy Tyas’s research concentrates on blast and impact engineering, with a focus on protecting people, buildings and vehicles from explosions...

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Paul Shepley

Dr Paul Shepley focuses on construction process modelling. By determining how soils interact with the ground structure, he aims to better understand and improve the construction process...

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René de Borst

Centenary Professor René de Borst’s research concentrates on computer simulations of material and structural behaviour, which aims to make structures more robust and resilient to extreme loading...

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Bridges to prosperity

Two of our graduates, Mike and Tim now work for Arup, and recently did some work with Bridges to Prosperity to construct a 51.5m suspension footbridge in rural Rwanda...

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Laser scabbling

Laser scabbling is a decontamination technique used in nuclear decommissioning. Contamination in concrete tends to be limited to the surface material...

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Manar's hydrodynamics research

One of our research students, Manar Al-Saffar, studied hydrodynamics; flow structures around cylinders. The aim is for better understanding of flow particularly in high velocity conditions...

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Iman Hajirasouliha

Dr Iman Hajirasouliha designs structures that are more resilient against extreme load events, such as earthquakes or explosions, and are more cost effective...

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Water research - leaky pipes

Leaking water pipes can allow potentially harmful contaminants into our drinking water, new research has shown. The study, by the Department, is the first to conclusively prove that contaminants can enter pipes through leaks and be transported through the pipe network...

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Crying concrete

Big infrastructure, such as tunnels, railways and buildings, are often built from large concrete structures. If they are subject to a fire these structures heat up, causing the moisture in the concrete to evaporate...

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Alumni profile - John Roberts

Dr John Roberts is a graduate of our Department (BEng Civil & Structural Engineering 1969, PhD Civil Engineering 1972, Honorary Doctor of Engineering 2006), is one of Britain’s top engineers and part of the team behind two of the UK’s biggest visitor attractions: the London Eye...

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Richard Collins

Our water distribution systems are vitally important. Dr Richard Collins works to ensure the systems are durable and resilient enough to withstand the conditions they have to cope with...

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Sam Clarke

Dr Sam Clarke works on the fundamental physics that govern the interaction between soil, air and explosive charges. Soil is a variable material; unlike steel...

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Sam Rigby

Dr Sam Rigby's research interest in blast technology started during his undergraduate days in Sheffield...

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Shan Shan

Dr Shan-Shan Huang studies structures such as buildings and tunnels, and how they act with fire. By exploring and understanding how fire affects structures, the design process can be improved to increase safety...

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Virginia Stovin

Dr Virginia Stovin explores urban drainage, specifically how urban constructs such as buildings, pavements and car parks change natural drainage, as well as water quality...

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Chris Keylock

Dr Chris Keylock studies risk and extreme events. He aims to better understand the dynamics of flows and the fluid mechanics of natural phenomena such as avalanches...

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Wernher Brevis

Dr Wernher Brevis explores fluid and atmospheric flows in order to control environmental processes. Wernher is an experimentalist and his current work is trying to formulate appropriate ways to examine the dissipation of flow energy...

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Dani Densley-Tingley

Dr Danielle Densley-Tingley’s research explores reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the built environment. Her research looks into both the materials used in creating structures, and the design of structures. She is interested not only in the theory, but the practical applications...

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Colin Smith

Dr Colin Smith’s research in Geotechnical Engineering is concerned with the safe and sensitive transformation of our natural environment to support infrastructure that underpins modern society...

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Alumni profile - Maha's story

Maha Sohail is from Lahore in Pakistan and she completed her MSc in Architectural Engineering Design in 2015...

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Chris's research - snow avalanche dynamics

Improved understanding of the fluid dynamics of avalanches means better numerical modelling that will, in turn, lead to the design of better defence structures for villages and towns in avalanche zones...

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Fluid Mechanics Research Group

The Fluid Mechanics Research Group is a relatively recent addition to the Department’s research portfolio. It looks at civil and environmental engineering problems from a more mechanical perspective using hydraulics...

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Gifts to the department

Over the years we’ve been gifted some truly amazing artefacts...

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Virginia's research - green infrastructure

When I joined the Department in 1992 to work on an urban drainage research project with Professor Adrian Saul, I didn’t expect my interests in plants and gardening to ever become relevant or useful. At the time the water industry...

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Joddrell Bank Telescope

Sir Henry Charles Husband was Joseph Husband’s son and he was born in 1908 at 98 Mona Road, Sheffield. He graduated in civil engineering from the University of Sheffield with a BEng in 1929..

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Harm Askes

Harm Askes is Professor of Computational Mechanics. With his team, he develops computer simulation tools to emulate the behaviour of materials and structures...

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A chat with Professor Buick Davison

I arrived as a student in 1977; we only did three year BEng degrees then. After graduation I left to work for Eastwood & Partners, who were founded by Dr Eastwood and Alan Wood from the Department and Alan Wood...

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Ian Burgess

Professor Ian Burgess’s research helps to protect against the collapse of structures, particularly multi-storey buildings, when they burn...

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Abigail Hathway

Dr Abigail Hathway leads one of the few Architectural Engineering courses in the country that breaks free of traditional engineering disciplines to span Civil & Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture...

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Georges Kesserwani

The purpose of Dr Georges Kesserwani’s work is to provide advanced modelling solutions to various scales of flood risk to forecast environmental change...

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David Lerner

Professor David Lerner and his team conduct research into the fundamental aspects of groundwater pollution, and work towards the assessment and development of innovative remediation concepts...

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Songdong Shao

One of Dr Songdong Shao’s research areas is the effect of global warming on coastal disasters. He develops advanced numerical models to solve hydrodynamic equations to predict natural hazards...

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Alison Moore - our first female student 1960 to 1964

I was the first girl to graduate in Civil Engineering when I received my degree in 1964. I started at the university in 1960 in the preliminary year as I didn't have the necessary A levels...

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Domenico Bau

Dr Domenico Bau’s research explores computational methods of modelling the movement of fluids such as water, oil and gas in soil; solid transport...

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Steel structures research

Steel structures research in the Department goes back to the 1960s...

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Bailey Bridge

Sir Donald Bailey Coleman graduated from the department in 1923 with a BEng. He then worked for the civil engineer’s department at the London...

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The Second World War

During war time, Civil Engineering degree was replaced by a combined Civil and Mechanical Engineering degree course...

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Susan Bernal-Lopez

Dr Susan Bernal-Lopez, Lecturer in Concrete Technology has been awarded the RILEM Gustavo Colonetti Medal...

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Blast engineering research - Flybag

A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including engineering academics from our Department of Civil and Structural Engineering...

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Water research - glow in the dark tampons

Tampons may not be an obvious scientific tool, but engineers from the University of Sheffield have been using them to identify where waste water from baths...

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Fieldwork in the freezer

One of our academics, Dr Steve Thornton recently conducted fieldwork in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean...

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Alma Schellart

Dr Alma Schellart’s research focuses on improving our existing sewer systems and finding better ways to manage them as the global population grows...

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Earthquake engineering training

World-leading Engineers from the University of Sheffield have been helping school pupils and their parents rebuild Nepal after last year’s devastating earthquake...

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Centre for Energy and Infrastructure Ground Research - CEIGR

The Department’s ‘Centre for Energy and Infrastructure Ground Research - CEIGR’ is home to our world-leading experimental facility, a 4 metre diameter beam centrifuge facility, and is supported by a £1.2m EPSRC research grant...

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The Diamond

The University of Sheffield opened The Diamond in September 2015 and it represents our commitment to developing innovative learning and teaching in engineering...

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Alumni memories - Rob's story

A story about Rag from, I think 1964 and I believe it to be true, that students painted a pedestrian crossing on the newly opened M1 Motorway to celebrate Rag Week...

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Alumni memories - Neil's story

I have been employed as an Imagineer in Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) in Hong Kong for the past 13 years...

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Alumni memories - Francis's story

I am currently Principal Structural Engineer for BG&E working in Perth, Western Australia with regular site visits to other parts of Australia...

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Long-serving staff - a chat with Glenn Brawn

‘I started here in March 1969 as a Junior Technician. I was just 17. The job was advertised in the Star and I applied not really knowing what a technician did or was. I'd always been interested in engineering at school and I did an engineering apprenticeship...

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A chat with two of our long-standing technicians

Paul Osborne and Mark Foster...

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Alumni profile - Hugh Iorys Hughes

Hugh Iorys Hughes, who graduated from Sheffield with a BEng in Civil Engineering in 1923, is most remembered for his contribution to the design of the Mulberry Harbours used during the Normandy Landings in 1944...

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Water Engineering Research

The Pennine Water Group (PWG) was first established with platform grant funding from EPSRC in 2001 as a center of excellence in urban water research between the University of Sheffield and University of Bradford...

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Dr Matteo Rubinato

Matteo is researching urban flooding, which can affect us all. In the department we’re working towards better modelling capabilities to predict flooding...

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Isona Shibata's eco-home

One of our graduates, Isona Shibata, has been working in Nigeria as an architectural designer and community development practitioner...

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Broad Lane Building extension

In 1950, a grant of £350,000 was approved for extensions to the Mappin Building and the Broad Lane Building (where we live to this day) was opened...

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Valerie Seddon: Our first female academic

Our first female academic, Valerie Seddon was appointed in October 1969 as a temporary lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering...

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Timetables: 1917 vs 2017

How do the timetables compare..

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Post World War II

There was a huge increase in numbers after the First World War as students who had left to join the armed forces returned and many ex-servicemen were awarded grants by the government to study at university...

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Alumni profile - Dawn's story

Dawn Hou is originally from Hong Kong and has just completed MEng Civil & Structural Engineering...

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Newton Award for Shan Shan

Dr Shan-Shan Huang from Civil and Structural Engineering has been granted a “Newton Fund” award to further develop her research into the recycling of polymer fibres...

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Mike Sharman's memories

When I first joined the Department our new ,1950s block was about to be completed and we moved into it in our second year...

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Royal Academy of Engineering Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

With the UK committed to reducing greenhouse emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels, the need to reduce carbon emissions of the built environment (which contributes around 45% of UK CO2 emissions) is more pressing than ever...

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Prevention of Discolouration in Distribution Systems (PODDS)

Discolouration in water accounts for more than 50% of customer complaints about water quality issues. It is linked to higher than normal flows in the water network...

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A chat with Professor Ian Burgess - one of our longest serving members of academic staff

I joined the department in October 1971; it was my first academic post. There were probably about 16 academics in the Department back then...

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Henry Charles Husband and Jodrell Bank

Henry Charles Husband (commonly known as Charles) was the second of Joseph Husband’s sons to study Civil Engineering at Sheffield, gaining a first class BEng in 1929...

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Monika Szczyrba

Monika Szczyrba is originally from Poland and she’s studying Civil Engineering with a Modern Language...

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Buick Davison

Professor Buick Davison is interested in steel framed structures and sustainable building design more generally...

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Rachel Horn: Our first female professor

2017 sees the promotion of Rachel Horn who becomes our first female professor. Professor Horn has been recognised for her local, national and international leadership in engineering education...

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Bridge over the River Kwai

One of our graduates, Keith Best OBE of York, designed and built the movie version of the bridge over the River Kwai for the Oscar-winning film...

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Geoff Tattersall

Geoff Tattersall joined the University in 1966. Although he was a research physicist, he was in the Department of Building Science, in the Faculty of Architecture, until he took early retirement in October 1984...

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A chat with Professor Matthew Gilbert

A chat with Professor Matthew Gilbert, our Director of Research who started in the Department as an undergraduate student...

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Zuhal Ozdemir

Dr Zuhal Ozdemir's research focuses on the assessment of the dynamic response of materials and structures under earthquake and impact loads using numerical methods...

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Remember this?

If you did your undergraduate degree here in the Department in the 60s or 70s you may remember this water engineering teaching film, 'Towards Purity'. We hope it brings back 'fond' watery memories!...

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Jon Carr

Jon Carr teaches structural design; the glue that binds engineering theories together. Jon teaches our students how to practically apply their knowledge,...

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Paul Hulbert

Paul Hulbert has 20 years’ experience in industry. He teaches conceptual structural design from a qualitative point of view, to provide a fundamental understanding of how large projects work in real life....

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Richard Harpin

Richard Harpin teaches structural design; the link between fundamental theory and applying practical design to structures. He aims to formalise design concepts by applying theory and using a numerical approach to see if things will work in practice....

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Life in the Department 1967-1970

John Bitton graduated from our Department back in 1970. He now lives in Sweden and as part of our Centenary celebrations, he's been kind enough to share his story...

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