Brown, Michael


  • J16A Fulton Building

    DD1 4HN Dundee

    United Kingdom

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Dr Michael Brown is currently the Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Geotechnics Research Group at the University of Dundee. He graduated from the University of Bradford in 1995 with a first-class Honours degree in Civil & Structural Engineering, and obtained his doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2004 for work on the rapid load testing (RLT) of piles in fine grained soils (Statnamic). He worked at the University of Sheffield as a research associate, firstly in the Geotechnical Engineering Research Group and then as consortium manager of the SUBR:IM project in the Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group. Prior to this he spent 5 years in industry working for specialist geotechnical contractors and consultants. He is a previous editor of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Proceedings: Geotechnical Engineering. He is currently a member of ISSMGE Technical Committee TC212 on Deep Foundations, Secretary of TC104 on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics and recent past chair of CEN/TC 341/WG 7: Non-static tests on piles, an executive member of the SUT Offshore Site Investigation Group (OSIG) and a member of the EPSRC Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Research Alignment Group (RAG). He is a founding member of the Scottish Marine and Renewables Test centre (SMART) at the University of Dundee. He is a recipient of the ICE Geotechnics Research Medal and part of the team that one the BGA Fleming Award for work on the Seagreen Suction Caisson foundations.

Professional Biography

•    BSc (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering (1st Class), University of Bradford, 1995
•    PhD, University of Sheffield, 2004



Rapid load Pile testing (Statnamic)

Rate Effects in fine grained soils

Offshore Geotechnics

Pipeline and cable ploughing and installation

Debris Flows and Landslides

Anchoring and foundations for marine energy converters

Alternative and silent foundation & anchoring systems for offshore wind

Anchoring for floating wind



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Rapid testing of piles in fine grained soils, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Engineering, Investigation of the Geotechnical Properties of Weathered Granitic Soil, University of Bradford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)


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