Professor Hywel Thomas
Hywel Thomas is Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of the School of Engineering, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Engagement, and a Founder Director of the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) at the School of Engineering.
His research interests in the Geoenvironmental Engineering field range from the basic to commercial development. In terms of technical details his work ranges from land regeneration to coupled multiphysics/geo-chemistry problems in soils, to sustainability issues in general.
In terms of the 'sustainable urban environment' agenda, his research centre was a partner in the recent EPSRC PUrE project (Pollutants in the Urban Environment). The GRC was also a partner in the EC project RESCUE (Regeneration of European sites in Cities and Urban Environments).
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fellow of the Transport Research Foundation, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering elected to the last "for outstanding and internationally renowned achievements in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental engineering".
He has been awarded a UNESCO Chair in the Development of a Sustainable Geo-environment, focussing initially on work with India and West Africa. Most recently he has elected as Fellow of the Royal Society for his research on geo-environmental engineering processes.