Dr Ana Heitor

Dr Ana Heitor


As early-mid career researcher focused on the research of geotechnical engineering topics, mainly focussing on the study of the stress strain behaviour of unsaturated compacted materials. She is a member of the Research Centre of Cities and Infrastructure and at the University of Leeds which focuses on the interdisciplinary research applied to built infrastructure while more focus of her research is on transport (e.g. roads, rail, ports and airports).

She has published more than 60 Journal and International Conference Papers related to the behaviour of compacted granular materials.

Moreover, She has worked in Construction Industry for 2+ years as a Site Engineer in a Highway construction project. She also has experience in site investigation and quality control/assurance procedures applied to the construction of roads and related structures (e.g. bored piles, embankments, subgrade, pavement, drains, culverts). 

Research interests

Her research interests are mainly:
* Compacted (unsaturated) soil behaviour (small and large strain)
* Performance of soil stabilization in compacted materials including the use of bio-mediation for transport infrastruture 
* Non-destructive field assessments
* Behaviour of compacted granular waste materials
* Performance of Permeable Reactive barriers for geoenviromental applications
* Liquefaction analysis considering partially saturated conditions


  • LicEng
  • MEng
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • MIEAust
  • Engineers Australia

Student education

I presently teach Modules on the Post-graduate taught program in Geotechnical Engineering: 

CIVE 5160M – Geotechnical Investigation and Characterisation

CIVE 5162M – Constituitive Models and Numerical Analysis

CIVE 5164M – Transport Infrastructure Strategy

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