Professor Robert Mair is the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge University. He was Master of Jesus College between 2001 and 2011 and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2008 to 2011. Before he was appointed to a Professorship at Cambridge in 1998, he worked in industry for 27 years and in 1983 founded the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company.
His research group specialises in the geotechnics of tunnelling and underground construction. He leads the Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction at Cambridge, involving the innovative use of the latest sensor technologies to monitor the behaviour of civil engineering infrastructure.
Professor Mair has advised on many infrastructure projects worldwide, and is a member of the Expert Panel on Crossrail, Europe’s largest civil engineering project. He chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Shale Gas for the UK Government, published in 2012.