Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Sam Clarke

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering

+44 (0) 114 222 5703

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


Sam graduated from The University of Sheffield with a MEng (Hons) degree in Structural Engineering and Architecture in 2006. He then joined the Geotechnical Engineering Group and completed his PhD in 2009. During his doctoral studies Sam spent a number of periods working with Arup Geotechnics' Numerical Skills Team in London and the university spin-out company LimitState. He spent a short period as a Research Assistant before taking up the post of Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in November 2009.

Over the past 3 years Sam has spent much time investigating the role of soil in blast events. This has led to many research collaborations with the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory. He is currently investigating the high stress, high strain-rate response of geomaterials experienced in blast loading events.

His main research interests focus on:

  • Numerical modelling of geotechnical problems
  • Development of advanced constitutive models for soils
  • Soil reinforcement and remediation techniques
  • Quantification of viscous effects
  • High strain-rate, high stress response of soils

Recent activities and achievements

  • Recipient of the IStructE prize 1st year performance in 2002-03
  • Awarded Jacobs Babtie prize for best UG dissertation in 2005-06
  • ICE Yorkshire & Humber Student Papers Competition winner, 2006-07
  • University Senate Award for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, 2011-12
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Engineering, 2011-12
  • Referee for “Proceeding of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Geotechnical Engineering”
  • Member of ISSMGE technical committee for safety and serviceability in geotechnics (TC205)


PGCert, University of Sheffield, 2012
PhD, University of Sheffield, 2009
MEng, Structural Engineering and Architecture, University of Sheffield, 2006