Byron Byrne

BCom, BEng Western Australia, MA, DPhil Oxf
Fellow by Special Election in Engineering Science
Ørsted/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor in Advanced Geotechnical Design
Professor of Engineering Science


I teach mostly structures and mechanics to the first year and mainly structures to the second year students at St Catherine’s. I also teach soil mechanics in the third and fourth year of the course, and usually supervise a third year design project in offshore renewable energy.

About me

I read undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Commerce at the University of Western Australia before moving to Oxford in 1996 as a Rhodes Scholar. I then pursued doctoral research as a member of Balliol College before transferring to Magdalen College as a Fellow by Examination and 1851 Research Fellow. Prior to taking up my St Catherine’s post in 2005 I was a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering and an Official Fellow at Magdalen College. Outside of my academic work I take a keen interest in sports and as a student I played cricket for Oxford gaining a Blue four times (1997 to 2000).


I specialise in Civil Engineering and geotechnical engineering, with current research interests focusing on the mechanics of soil and applications associated with offshore engineering. Within this broad area I concentrate on two topics both relating to soil structure interaction. The first topic is on the foundations for offshore structures and most recently I have been concentrating on applications for offshore renewable energy structures, such as offshore wind turbines. The second topic relates to the behaviour of offshore pipelines. I routinely provide advice to industry through short term consultancy contracts.

Graduate supervision

I currently supervise seven postgraduate students, most of whom are pursuing doctoral degrees in offshore geotechnical engineering. My research is sponsored by a variety of industrial funders. I welcome approaches from prospective students in these areas.