Professor Matthew Gilbert

Professor of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5418
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Room: F114




By computationally modelling material and structural behaviour we can optimise the design and performance of our infrastructure.

Professor Matthew Gilbert


Matthew holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Sheffield and a PhD from the University of Manchester. After a short period spent working in industry he returned to the University of Sheffield, where he has been a member of academic staff since 1996.

Matthew’s research aims to develop a deeper understanding of the behavior of components and structures so they can be used optimally or manipulated to meet specific needs. He focuses on the design of new, resource efficient, components and constructions, taking advantage of optimisation and new manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing. Matthew also works to assess the strength and safety of our aging masonry arch bridges. He provides guidance to the UK Department for Transport and railway companies to help them maintain their existing infrastructure in order to prolong its life and protect the safety of the public.

From 2004-2009 Matthew held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, focusing on the development of novel analysis and design optimisation techniques for application to a wide range of problems.

Activities and achievements:

  • Co-founder and Managing Director of the University spin-out company LimitState Ltd. The company specialises in the development of novel analysis and design software applications which make use of methods developed in the University. LimitState software is now used by >150 industry organizations in >30 countries.
  • Chartered Civil Engineer
  • Organisations sponsoring his research have included EPSRC, Innovate UK, Network Rail, Buro Happold, Expedition Engineering and the International Union of Railways (UIC).
  • Recipient of the ICE Baker Medal (2007) and the IStructE Husband Award (1999) for published journal papers.

Selected Publications

Journal articles