Dr Thomas Shire
- Lecturer (Infrastructure and Environment)
telephone: 0141 330 3557
Tom Shire joined the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in April 2017. From August 2016 to March 2017 he was a Research Associate in the Geotechnics section at Imperial College London, focusing on laboratory testing of unsaturated soils and from January 2015 to August 2016 he was a Teaching Fellow in Civil Engineering, also at Imperial.
Tom graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005 with an MEng in Civil Engineering with German. Following this he spent four years working for Scott Wilson Ltd. (now part of Aecom) as an assistant geotechnical engineer. In 2009 he joined Imperial College to study for an MSc in Soil Mechanics, followed by a PhD focusing on discrete element modelling (DEM) of granular filters for embankment dams. After submission of his PhD thesis, Tom spent just over one year as a geotechnical engineer at Atkins Ltd.
Tom's research interests include:
- Internal erosion of embankment dams and levees
- Discrete element modelling (DEM) of granular materials
- Geotechnics of unsaturated soils
I am currently looking for a PhD student to work on a project looking at the effect of climate change on dams and flood defences.
There is funding available for UK and “settled” EU students (resident for three years when the project starts).
I am also looking for a student to work on a project looking at liquefaction of sands with fines using DEM and this could also potentially have funding for UK/settled EU students: