Professor Raul Fuentes

Professor Raul Fuentes


Before joining the University of Leeds, Raul worked as a Lecturer in UCL, and previously in industry for companies like Atkins, May Gurney and Arup where he gained substantial experience in the planning, design and delivery of diverse civil engineering projects.  He is still actively involved with practice acting as consultant in projects in the areas of instrumentation and monitoring, tunnelling and ground engineering.

His research ethos is to "get done what the world wants done" (after a Harvard ex-president, as mentioned in the Schumpeter article in The Economist, December 10th 2011), which reflects his highly practical approach, always based on sound scientific principles.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Engineering Doctorate, University of London, December 2012.
  • MSc in Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 2003.
  • Ingeniero Industrial (MEng equivalent), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, 2003.


  • Pro-Dean International, Faculty of Engineering

Research interests

I can divide my research into three distinct topics all contributing to the overarching theme of Resilient Infrastructure:

  1. “Disruptive technologies” in infrastructure - Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, laser scanning, photogrammetry, fibre optics, structural health monitoring and remote sensing.
  2. "Flowing ground" and its interaction with structures - Landslides, geotechnical earthquake engineering, lateral spreading,  liquefaction and soil erosion with a view to quantify their impact on the national infrastructure using complex soil-structure-fluid interaction methods.
  3. "Energy geotechnics" - Geothermal and other heat recovery systems, geothermal piles, walls, tunnels and other structures, thermo-hydro-mechanical modelling of soils.


  • CEng MICE (UK)
  • EUR ING (EU)
  • Civiling. MIDA (DK)
  • Ingeniero Industrial (SP)

Professional memberships

  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • British Geotechnical Association (BGA)
  • International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC)
  • Society of Danish Engineers (IDA)

Research groups and institutes

  • Robotics
  • Materials and Structures
  • Cities and Infrastructure
  • Energy and Sustainable Buildings
  • Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering
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