Renowned Engineering Professor joins the University of Sheffield

Professor René de Borst will be joining the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield as The Centenary Chair of Civil Engineering, celebrating 100 years of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.

Currently Regius Professor at the University of Glasgow, Professor Professor Rene de Borstde Borst has a distinguished and accomplished academic career. Highlights include being a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Officer in the Order of National Merit, France.

His awards include the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, the Spinoza Prize, as well as the Max Planck Research Award for outstanding research achievements. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the ‘International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering’.

Professor de Borst is the recipient of a prestigious £2 million pound European Research Council Advanced Grant. His research concerns computer simulations of material and structural behaviour, which aims to make structures more robust and resilient to extreme loading.

The proudest achievement of Professor de Borst is that 21 of his former PhD students and Post-Docs have become academics, 12 of whom are now full professors. One of these is Head of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, Professor Harm Askes.

Professor Harm Askes says: “I’m extremely excited and proud to be working once again alongside my former PhD supervisor. René’s research will be a world-leading addition to our research portfolio.”

Professor Mike Hounslow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Engineering, says: “The Faculty aspires to be amongst the best in the world and in that light, we are delighted to welcome Professor de Borst as The Centenary Chair of the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering.”