Dr Ehsan Jorat


School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Engineering and Food Sciences

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8930


I am a trained Geotechnical Engineer with over ten years’ experience of advanced geotechnical investigation of on-shore and off-shore soft sediments. I’ve held positions in both industry and academia in Malaysia, Iran and Germany.

Before joining Abertay University as a lecturer, I was a research associate in Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University.

I completed my PhD in Geotechnical Engineering jointly at the University of Bremen, Germany and University of Waikato, New Zealand. I also hold a MEng in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Technology Malaysia. 

My research interests are focused on applied geotechnics. I’m currently working on the SUCCESS project (Sustainable Urban Carbon Capture: Engineering Soils for Climate Change) to assess the impact of soil carbonation on flood risk and develop a system for measuring the carbonation process.

I am a co-leader at the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment & Society (SAGES) for the theme ‘Carbon & Biogeochemical Cycles: Sustaining Life’.

I’m my free time, I’m involved in professional level taekwondo and kickboxing. I also enjoy amateur kite-surfing and fishing.


PhD – Geotechnical Engineering [Co-operative program – University of Bremen (Germany) & University of Waikato (New Zealand), 2014].

MEng – Geotechnical Engineering [University of Technology Malaysia, 2010].


Former professional experience

2014 – 2016: Research Associate, Newcastle University, UK.

2014: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bremen, Germany.

2010 – 2011: Research Assistant, university of Technology Malaysia.

2006 – 2008: Geotechnical Engineer Technician, Kavoush Zamin Fars, Iran


Academic award

2015: International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Award, London, UK.

2014: MARUM Funding Grant for Conclusion of Manuscripts, University of Bremen, Germany.

2013: LARAM Scholarship, International School on ‘Landslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation’, University of Salerno, Italy.

2011: PhD scholarship, Integrated Coastal Zone & Shelf Sea Research (INTERCOAST), University of Bremen, Germany.

2010: Best presenter of MICCE conference, Hassanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia.

2009: Invention/innovation of ECCAD, Engineering Characteristics of Coal Ash Database in Malaysia (INATEX 2009), University of Technology Malaysia, Malaysia.


Informal interests:

Full contact kick-boxing, taekwondo ITF (professionally)

CrossFit, kite-surfing, fishing (amateur) 

Abertay University (2016 – present)

EEM103 – Landscape processes and surveying

EEM299 – Structures and geotechnical engineering

EEM396 – Structures

EEM397 – Geotechnical engineering and hydraulics

EEM495 – Structural design and geotechnical engineering

EEM498 – Integrating project


Newcastle University (2014 – 2016)

CEG1201 – Geotechnical properties of soil and rocks

CEG1711 – Tutorial skills for geomatics

Dr Jorat’s research interest is mainly on applied geotechnics. He is a geotechnical engineer researcher on the SUCCESS project (Sustainable Urban Carbon Capture: Engineering Soils for Climate Change) funded by EPSRC. His role involves designing and implementing field experiments to monitor geotechnical properties of the field during the carbonation process, assess the impact of soil carbonation on flood risk and determine a validation process for measuring the carbonation process. Prior to this, he worked on advanced CPTu and laboratory investigation of geotechnically critical on-shore and near-shore soft sediments in Germany and New Zealand and soft soil stabilisation of tropical clay in Malaysia.


Dr Jorat welcomes discussions with prospective PhD students interested in conducting their studies at Abertay University.


Post-graduate supervision

Abertay University

Mr Luis Tomas (PhD by research)

Mr Harry Eggo (MSc by research)


Newcastle University

Ms Cherie Lau (to be completed in 2017)

Mr Anton Bradley (completed in 2016)

Mr Neal Griffin (completed in 2016)

Ms Nur Sulaiman (completed in 2016)

Ms Sarah Broadbent (completed in 2015)

Ms Fei Wang (completed in 2015)


University of Bremen

Mr Bastian Steinborn (completed in 2014)


Research grant

2015: International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Award, ISSMGE, London. Amount: $800

2014: Grant for conclusion of manuscripts, MARUM – Centre for Marine Envrionmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany. Amount: €4,500.

2014: Coring, instrumentation and in-situ logging measurements at Omokoroa Landslide, New Zealand. Amount: €24,300.

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Ms Kathryn Cairnie-Lyall

Ms Kathryn Cairnie-Lyall

Division of Engineering and Food Sciences | Placement Tutor

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Professor Joseph Akunna

Professor Joseph Akunna

Division of Engineering and Food Sciences | Professor in Water and Environmental Engineering

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