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Ahmad Syed Mohd Syed, BTech (Hons), MTech, PhD


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After reading Civil Engineering with a first class honours BTech degree, with a Gold Medal (in Surveying), Dr. Ahmad earned his Master's and PhD degrees, from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India) 
and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India), respectively.  Dr. Ahmad was awarded scholarships for his postgraduate studies (Master's and PhD).


Dr. Ahmad has experience of working in
industry and has worked as a Geotechnical Specialist for a total period of approximately three years in: Consulting Engineering Services
(I) Pvt. Ltd, Sargon Geosynthetics Ltd. (now a part of Maccaferri Environmental Soultions) and Dar Al-Handasah Consultants.

Dr. Ahmad works on a set of diverse yet very interconnected research themes of sustainability, climate change and environmental problems in the realm of Geotechnical–cum–Geoenvironmental Engineering. His
recenet PhD graduate has successfully demonstrated that by using a polymer slurry as a support fluid during a bored pile construction, an enhanced pile capacity is achieved - thereby using less concrete;
and being sustainable; another student is curently working on modelling the effect of climate change on long-term integrity of earthen dams. Dr. Ahmad is also very keen
to explore use of agriculture waste (like sugar cane ash a.k.a. bagasse ash) in geotechnical infrastructure projects. He also works on geotechnical earthquake engineering aspect – a topic
very topical for the nuclear power industry in the UK.

His research activities include:
geotechnical earthquake engineering including, seismic and blast resilience of tunnels, sustainability and climate change in geotechnical
infrastructure projects, soil and cargo liquefaction, application of finite element and finite difference methods to the
geomechanics problems, reinforced soil, ground engineering and hydrodynamics.


He is on the editorial board member of the International Journal of Geomechanics, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) USA.


Dr. Ahmad is also very passionate about teaching and keenly focusses on finding innovative ways and methods.  He uses a blend of modern technology and trditional approaches in his teaching activities. 

He is also the developer of 2 Android Apps titled: Earth Pressure Coefficient; and Soil Stress Increment - both available on Google Play.

Research interests

  • Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geomechanics Problems - Numerical and Analytical Modelling (FEM, FDM, DEM etc.)
  • Reinforced Soil Wall and Slopes
  • Ground Engineering
  • Waterfront Retaining Structures

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Seismic analyses and design of waterfront retaining structures using pseudo-static and pseudo-dynamic approaches, Indian Institute of Technology - Mumbai

Jul 2005Dec 2008

Award Date: 14 Mar 2009

Master of Engineering, Performance of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Retaining Wall Using Finite Element Method, Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur

Jul 2001Jul 2003

Award Date: 31 Jul 2003

Bachelor of Engineering

Jul 1997Jul 2001

Award Date: 31 Jul 2001

Areas of expertise

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
  • TG Bridge engineering
  • TH Building construction

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy


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