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Civil & Environmental Engineering Visiting academics

Our visiting academics play an active role in our teaching and research. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and they reflect the highly-multidisciplinary nature of work undertaken within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Current visiting professors

Alan Bell BEng (Hons) PhD CEng FICE

His teaching experience spans the challenges of natural clays and reinforced soil structures

Professor Bell has a distinguished career both in academia and industry. He holds a degree in civil engineering and a PhD in soft clays from QUB. His academic research and teaching experience spans many challenges of natural clays and reinforced soil structures.

In industry, Professor Bell has consulted widely on the design of foundations and retaining walls, and the analysis of the failure of a range of natural slopes, foundations, embankments and cuttings. Professor Bell joined Keller in 1982 where he initially focused on technical and contracts management in large ground improvement projects, later joining the leadership team at newly acquired Keller Colcrete, which developed Soilfrac, Compaction and Jet grouting systems for the industry.

In 1991 he took on responsibility for ground improvement which introduced Vibro Concrete Columns, Minicats, and geotextile load transfer platforms. In 1997 Prof Bell became Managing Director of Keller UK, retiring in 2009.

He is the immediate past chairman of the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS). The FPS represents the ground engineering sector of the industry and members lead the way safety in innovation, technical excellence, design, workmanship and commercial awareness for the sector. This is no idle boast since all members are independently audited for their standards in safety, technical ability, quality, environmental aspects and training.

Ed McCann MSc BEng CEng FICE

Recent projects include the 2012 Olympic Velodrome and Infinity Bridge

Professor McCann is a Director of Expedition Engineering where he is responsible for Civil and Environmental Infrastructure; Chris Wise is responsible for identifying and setting the strategic direction of the practice.

Ed is an experienced project director in addition to being an innovative and creative designer who specialises in complex multi-disciplinary projects. Recent projects include the award-winning 2012 Olympic Velodrome and Infinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees. Other projects include the 2012 Olympic Development Water Strategy and over £60M worth of water infrastructure on Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.

A graduate of Imperial College London and the National University of Mexico, Ed worked at Binnie Black and Veatch from 1990 to 2002. During this period he taught creative design at Imperial College for several years and co-conceived the highly successful Constructionarium. He has since been the co founder of Think Up, a Trust Company with a focus on design education with three main themes of innovation in engineering education, inspiring career choices and skills for sustainable development.

He has been the driving force in the development of the 'Expedition Workshed', a 'collection of free, high quality information to help people learn about civil and structural engineering', now widely used by Universities throughout the world.

He is a Fellow and Trustee of the Institution of Civil Engineers and chairs their Best Practice Panel. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and co-directed the Royal Designers' summer school between 2006 and 2008. Ed has also appeared in over 35 TV documentaries about engineering and architecture.

Ana Maria Esteves BComm MBA PhD GAICD

Ana Maria’s passion is in sharing of knowledge and improvement in standards of practice

Ana Maria established social impact management consultancy Community Insights Group in 2002 and is based in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Ana Maria has two primary areas of expertise - social impact assessment and local content - with a speciality in the extractives and energy sectors. Her particular interests lie in research and development of more effective approaches for resource affected regions and communities to benefit from the presence of megaprojects. She has supported global resources companies such as Shell, BG, Tullow Oil, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Vale.

Ana Maria’s passion is in sharing of knowledge and improvement in standards of practice. She has published in academic journals, chaired conferences, managed research partnerships, led study tours for government officials, developed courses in local content, SIA and strategic social investment, established SIAhub (an online platform for the SIA community of practice), and serves on the board of the International Association for Impact Assessment.

Ana Maria holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and PhD (on the topic of extractives and social development) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Ross Marshall CEnv, FIEMA, FSA (Scot)

Accomplished within the Energy, Water and Environmental Regulatory fields

Professor Ross Marshall is Deputy Director within the Environment Agency of England & Wales with responsibility for the National Environmental Assessment Service (NEAS). NEAS provide environmental leadership and technical support across a wide range of Agency functions, notably the agency's significant infrastructure, engineering and asset management programmes for Flood & Coastal Erosion, Navigation, Fisheries and Water Quality.

He is a past President of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and a previous Board Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Professor Marshall is a Chartered Environmentalist and Biologist. He has fellowship level membership of two professional Institutes and has Non-Exec Director experience within several UK and international organizations. He is an experienced Manager with a track record of delivering corporate environmental programmes, infrastructure projects, strategic planning and environmental management operations within both Government and the Public Sector.

Accomplished within the Energy, Water and Environmental Regulatory fields, he has experience of dealing with Regulators, NGOs and Ministerial departments at the highest national & international level. He was previously the Environment Manager of Scottish Power's SP PowerSystems utilities. He is a PhD graduate of the University of Strathclyde.

Andrew Sloan MSc BSc CEng FICE MIM3

Professor Sloan has 27 years' experience in civil engineering

He is a Director of Donaldson Associates Ltd where he is responsible for the firm's Glasgow and Hong Kong offices and the geotechnical engineering company wide.

He is a graduate of Edinburgh University (Geology) and Leeds University (Engineering Geology) and has spent 27 years working in civil engineering gaining a wide range of experience. His areas of specialisation are in slope and tunnel engineering.

Professor Sloan is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has experience in the management and delivery of technically challenging and complex ground engineering projects. His main area of interest is in the development of underground space.

From 2008 and 2011 he was a Member of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) and has worked on projects in North and South America, Africa, Europe, China and South East Asia. Recent projects include being Project Director for the Contractor’s design element on London Crossrail Contracts C300/C410 which encompasses the temporary Sprayed Concrete Tunnels of Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street Stations and he was responsible for the independent checking of Farringdon Station and Stepney Green cavern.

He is project director for the design of the drill and blast tunnels and caverns on Contract 824 on the new high speed railway in Hong Kong and has responsibility for the design of 16km of large diameter sewer tunnel in Abu Dhabi being constructed in rock by Tunnel Boring Machine. He is extensively involved in the hard rock tunnels of the Glendoe Hydro Electric Scheme in Scotland.

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