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Durham University

Department of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Ashraf Osman, BSc MPhil PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42425
Room number: E371 (Higginson)

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Dr Osman is the Director of Taught Programmes in the Department of Engineering. Dr Osman obtained an MPhil in 2002 and a PhD in 2005 from Cambridge University, both in geotechnical engineering. Dr Osman’s research focuses on developing analytical and numerical solutions for soil-structure interaction problems. His research has been funded by the RCUK, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Council. He is the PI for 8 GCRF and Newton Fund grants. He is leading the £1.27M GCRF/EPSRC (EP/P029434/1) project “Developing performance-based design for foundations of WIND turbines in AFRICA (WindAfrica)”. This project aims to accelerate the deployment of wind turbines in Africa by designing foundations suitable for African unsaturated soils. He is also leading the Newton Fund international consortium on Unsaturated Soils Mechanics for Engineering Practice (UnsatPractice).

Dr Osman is currently a member of the editorial board of the ICE  proceedings- Geotechnical Engineering and he was a member of the Géotechnique Advisory Panel (Jan 2011-Jan 2014) and the Executive Committee of the UK Association for Computational Mechanics (2012-2014). 

Research Interests

  • Perfomance-based design methods
  • Soil-structure-atmosphere interaction
  • Large-strain deformation analysis
  • Urban data systems



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