Dr Alan Cuthbertson

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Alan joined the University of Dundee as a Senior Lecturer in January 2018, having previously been an Assistant/Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at Heriot Watt University (2010-2017). Prior to this, he held a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the University of Dundee (Civil Engineering) between 2001 and 2010 and was a graduate engineer in the Babtie Group (now Jacobs) between 1999 and 2001. He gained his BEng and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of Glasgow in 1995 and 2002, respectively.

His expertise includes the experimental and analytical modelling of cohesive and non-cohesive sediment transport processes, environmental fluid mechanics problems and geophysical flows. His research interests fall into three main areas:

  1. Flow-sediment interactions at multiple scales
  2. Stratified and buoyancy driven flows
  3. Topographic and Earth rotation effects on dense ocean currents

This research has been supported by funding from the UK research councils, the European Union, The Royal Society and The Carnegie Trust to a total value in excess of £0.75M. In 2010, he was awarded the Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize (American Society of Civil Engineers) for his paper “Deposition from particle-laden, plane, turbulent buoyant jets” [Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 134(8), 1110-1122]. He has given invited seminars at international research institutes including Stockholm University (Meteorological Institute); University of Bergen (Department of Mathematics) and Tallinn University of Technology (Institute of Mechanics) and has participated in international research projects in Trondheim, Grenoble and Hull under EU Hydralab initiatives.

He currently sits on the editor board of Water Management (Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers) (2013 – 2018) and is an Associate Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. He is also an advisor on the academic panel of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Academic background

2002    PhD in Hydraulic Engineering – Sediment Transport Dynamics, University of Glasgow

Thesis title: An experimental study of the motion of fine sand particles in turbulent open channel shear flows over porous bed conditions

1995    BEng(Hons.) (First Class) in Civil Engineering, University of Glasgow 


2018    Senior Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, University of Dundee

2014    Associate Professor in Sediment Processes, Heriot Watt University

2010    Assistant Professor in Sediment Processes, Heriot Watt University

2001    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Civil Engineering), University of Dundee

1999    Consultant Engineer, Babtie Group (now Jacobs), Glasgow

Professional memberships

  • International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (Member)
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union (Member)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Professional roles

  • Associate editor on Water Management (Proceeding of the Institution of Civil Engineers)
  • Associate member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (Associate Member)
  • Academic advisor on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission panel (DFID)