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Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FRS

Emeritus Fellow
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Engineering

Robert Mair is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge.

Academic interests

In addition to his many University duties, one of which is Chairman of the Faculty Board of Business and Management, including the Judge Business School, he leads an active research group, lectures extensively around the world, and is consultant to a number of public authorities.

He currently advises the Singapore Government on design and construction aspects of all their underground metro and road tunnels. Recently he gave evidence to a House of Lords Select Committee on the proposed Crossrail project in London.

Awards and prizes

Professor Mair was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007.

He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2004 and the CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours.

Biography

Professor Robert Mair was Master of Jesus College from 2001 to 2011. He is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge and the Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He read Engineering at Clare College, Cambridge and subsequently obtained a PhD in 1979. Prior to his appointment to a Chair at Cambridge in 1998, he had spent 25 years in industry, throughout which time he maintained and developed close links with the academic world.

He is one of the founding Directors of the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company with offices in London and Hong Kong, started in 1983.

Throughout his career he has advised on numerous civil engineering projects worldwide, specialising in underground construction – his principal research interest.

He introduced the novel technique of compensation grouting in the UK for controlling settlement of structures during tunnel construction. This was widely used on the Jubilee Line Extension Project in London for the protection of many historic buildings, including the Big Ben Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster, and is now being applied in other cities around the world. 

He is married with two children, both of whom recently graduated from university.

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