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Dr Paul Sargent is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, specialising in the field of geotechnics and engineering geology. He is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol), Fellow of The Geological Society of London, Graduate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (GMICE) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Dr Sargent is the Course Leader for HNC and HDA Civil Engineering degree programmes and is Module Leader for geotechnical modules including CEN2017-N ‘Geotechnology and Materials’, ENG3009-N 'Geotechnical Design' and CEN4000-N ‘Advanced Geotechnics’.

Prior to joining Teesside University in 2017, Dr Sargent worked as a Geotechnical Engineer for the international engineering / infrastructure consultancy AECOM for over three years. Examples of projects he worked on include A1 Leeming to Barton improvement (North Yorkshire), Morpeth Northern Bypass (Northumberland), High Speed 2, Farnley Haugh landslide remediation (Northumberland) and the Trafford Park Line extension of the Metrolink in Manchester.

Dr Sargent has won numerous young geotechnical engineer paper competition awards based on his PhD research on alkali-activated cements in soil stabilisation. His research interests include: 1) the application of low carbon circular-economy friendly geopolymers and alkali-activated cements for use in ground improvement and construction materials; 2) static, cyclic and dynamic geomechanical behaviour of soils, cemented soils and rocks, 3) finite element analysis of soil-structure interactions; 4) life cycle analysis; 5) application of data analytics for monitoring and maintaining geotechnical assets in civil engineering infrastructure. Dr Sargent's research has been published in high-impact international journals including Geotechnique, International Journal of Geomechanics, Engineering Geology, Soils and Foundations and Construction and Building Materials.


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