Brown, Michael


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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, 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 recent member of the editorial panels of Geotechnique and JGS Soils and Foundations journal.

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 generators

Alternative and silent foundation systems for offshore wind


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Bradford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995


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


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