Anthony Smith

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Anthony is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering, and Level 4 Tutor. He is Module Leader for Civil Engineering Design Project and co-Lecturer in Engineering Materials Science (BSc and BEng) and Geotechnical Engineering (BSc, BEng and MSc).

Anthony is a research supervisor for undergraduate and postgraduate Civil Engineering dissertation submissions. He is also an assisting academic for widening access and participation, encouraging a wide range of students to enter into STEM-based professional fields, including Civil Engineering.

Current Teaching

Civil Engineering HND/BSc/BEng/MSc:

  • Civil Engineering Design Project
  • Civil Engineering Project
  • Civil Engineering Technology Project
  • Engineering Materials Science
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geotechnical Analysis and Design

Research Interests

Anthony is currently undertaking his PhD thesis - “Microbial modification of lateritic earth roads”. The thesis aims to utilise ureolytic soil bacteria to modify the geotechnical properties of lateritic earth road material, in order to prevent such earth roads becoming impassable due to heavy seasonal rainfalls. This requires research work covering the following specialisms:

  • Cellular biology/chemistry
  • Numerical modelling
  • Geotechnics
  • Rural infrastructure in the tropics
  • Highways design
  • Soil chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Soil classification

The PhD research project contributes to the work of the CERF research cluster (water-infrastructure REF2020 case study), within the Infrastructure section, by aiming to improve the social mobility of rural populations found within regions in the developing world. Additionally, the PhD project also contributes to the WETS cluster as part of the Social Interface section, aiming to improve access to water sources for rural populations.

Selected Publications