Head of Division: Prof William Sloan
The University of Glasgow has a long history of research in Civil Engineering. The UK's first Chair of Civil Engineering was established at the University of Glasgow in 1840 and early occupants such as William J. M. Rankine set a research ethos that has endured. Rankine worked at the boundaries of engineering; translating and refining new ideas so that they might ultimately be used in engineering design.
Research in the Division of Infrastructure & Environment can broadly be categorised into two main themes: Water & Environmental Engineering, and Mechanics & Modelling of Materials.
Next to these two main research lines, the emerging area of transportation research can be distinguished, which focuses on the development of sustainable transportation systems in order to improve the use of existing infrastructure and to reduce congestion during commute periods.