Professor Dave White

Professor Dave White

 PhD (Cantab), FREng, FICE, FTSE, FRINA, FIEAust
Professor of Infrastructure Geotechnics

Research interests

  • Offshore renewable energy - wind, tidal and wave
  • Geotechnical modelling of foundations, anchoring systems and subsea cables
  • Site characterisation - in situ and laboratory testing

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


I am a civil engineer who has specialised in geotechnics - engineering of the ground, or at the seabed.

My research work has been primarily focussed on the offshore energy industries, but I’ve enjoyed spin-offs ranging from the design of novel construction machinery to remote monitoring technologies for urban construction. Some of my work has led to new design codes endorsed by industry, while in other areas the outcome has been new gadgets to probe the properties of the seabed.

My teaching experience spans from undergraduate lecturing to industry training courses. I have taught many aspects of civil engineering but my specialisms are soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering and offshore foundations. I also enjoy nurturing design and innovation ideas through our student projects.

I have served on several technical committees and code-writing panels, and have been elected a Fellow of various learned societies including the Royal Academy of Engineering.