Dr Ehsan Jorat

Senior Lecturer

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) 

Meet the rest of the team

Miss Alison Duffy

Miss Alison Duffy

Division of Engineering and Food Sciences | Research Assistant

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Dr Rwayda Al Hamd

Dr Rwayda Al Hamd

Division of Engineering and Food Sciences | Lecturer

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