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Dr Stephen Wilkinson

Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Associate Professor at UOWD

Dr Stephen Wilkinson

Associate Professor

Dr Stephen Wilkinson is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Geology for Civil Engineers, Geomechanics, Environmental Science and Chemistry at undergraduate level. He has taught students of Civil Engineering for over 10 years. 

Qualifications: PhD, Imperial College London ; MSc, Imperial College London; MSci, Imperial College London;  FGS, FRMS, FHEA, DIC, ARSM

Telephone:  +971 4 278 1920

Email: [email protected]

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Dr Stephen Wilkinson is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Geology for Civil Engineers, Geomechanics, Environmental Science and Chemistry at undergraduate level. He has taught students of Civil Engineering for over 10 years. 

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Wilkinson was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, Lecturer at Xi’an Jiaotong - Liverpool University in China, visiting lecturer at Zhejiang University, China and Assistant Geotechnical Engineer at Geotechnical Observations Ltd. 

Dr Wilkinson’s research interests are in the field of Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering including the Engineering Management and Sustainability aspects of this field. He actively participates in and encourages international research collaborations in these fields. In particular he is interested in 

  • Microstructure and Engineering Behaviour (Including micromechanics).
  • The development of measurement techniques and regimes for problem solving and monitoring.
  • Advanced imaging and micro-imaging techniques.
  • Applied Geomicrobiology.
  • Influence of Past Human Activities on Current Design Problems (including Brownfield Design & incorporating old foundations and structures into current design).
  • Sustainability and Environmental Awareness in Engineering Practice.

Dr Wilkinson is currently a Fellow of the Geological Society London, Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was also a member of the West Midlands Geotechnical Society Committee prior to moving to Dubai.

Dr Wilkinson has been a consultant for the European Regional Development Funded programs EnTRESS (Environmental Technologies and Resource Efficiency Support Service), BECCI (Built Environment Climate Change Innovations) and the BRIC (Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre). As a part of these programs, he has assisted several national and multinational companies such as Ketley Brick, Dunton Environmental and Matric Structures working on projects such as rapid image processing for quality control of brick products, design of foundations for modular buildings and the assessment and remediation of contaminated soils.

He obtained his PhD from the Geotechnical Engineering Section, Imperial College London specialising in Microstructure of UK Mudrock. This project involved a detailed electron microscope study of the microstructure of the London, Gault, Kimmeridge, Oxford & Lias Clays. This included taking high quality block samples from two sites in addition to supervising drilling of high quality boreholes for two others. This research covered obtaining and processing results from twelve different imaging methods. 2500 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (E-SEM) images were taken of the soils and each image was processed for particle orientations, surface roughness and topographic organisation. Java programs were developed as a part of the project for this purpose. A new method was created for the quantification of relative preferred particle orientation which correlated with measurements of anisotropy undertaken in the laboratory. The dissertation is available online here: https://spiral.imperial.ac.uk/handle/10044/1/46071 

His current publications include:

  • Kumar, S. P., Gong, G., Yang, Z., Krabbenhoft, K., Fan, L., Moy, C. K. S. and Wilkinson, S. (2019) The influence of particle elongations on direct shear behaviour of granular materials using DEM. Granular Matter. 21: 86. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10035-019-0947-x 
  • Rajasekar, A., Sekar, R., Medina-Roldan, E., Bridge, J., Moy, C. K. S., and Wilkinson, S. (2018) Next-generation sequencing showing potential leachate influence on bacterial communities around a landfill in China, Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 64(8) pp. 537-549. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjm-2017-0543
  • Hu, Z., Yang, Z.X. and Wilkinson, S.P. (2018) An analysis of passive earth pressure modification due to seepage flow effects, Canadian Geotechnical Journal.55 (5) pp. 666-679. https://doi.org/10.1139/cgj-2017-0087 
  • Tang, K., Wilkinson, S. and Beattie, G. (2017) Effects of curing temperature on the hydration of GGBS blended concrete and the use of electron microscope particle analysis. Advances in Cement Research. 29 (8) pp. 322-335. http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/jadcr.16.00175 
  • Pourbakhtiar A., Poulsen T.G., Wilkinson S., and Bridge J.W. (2017) Effect of wind turbulence on gas transport in porous media: experimental method and preliminary results, European Journal of Soil Science. 68 pp. 48-56. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ejss.12403
  • Yang Z.X., Zhao C.F., Xu C.J., Wilkinson S.P., Cai Y.Q., and Pan K. (2016) Modelling the engineering behaviour of fibrous peat formed due to rapid anthropogenic terrestrialization in Hangzhou, China, Engineering Geology. 215 pp. 25-35. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2016.10.009
  • Li M., Zhu X., Wilkinson S., Huang M., and Achal, V. (2016) Complete Genome Sequence of Carbonic Anhydrase Producing Psychrobacter sp. SHUES1, Frontiers in Microbiology. 7:1442 pp. 1-2 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.01442

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