Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FRS

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Head of Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), University of Cambridge


Lord Robert Mair is Head of the Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge University and Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering. After working in industry for 27 years, in 1998 he was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge and Head of Civil Engineering. He was Master of Jesus College 2001-11.

He is one of the founding Directors of the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London, and has extensive experience of design and construction for a wide variety of civil engineering projects in many countries, particularly those involving underground construction.

He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers 2017-18. He is Chairman of the Department of Transport’s Science Advisory Council, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Engineering. He was appointed an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords in 2015 and until recently was a member of its Select Committee on Science and Technology.