Dr Andrew Foster


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My research primary expertise lies in the interface between materials and structures, developing a detailed understanding of how the performance of structures and other components can be enhanced by proper material characterisation and modelling.  Examples of these include the performance of metallic structures in fire and developing more reliable rubber crash test dummy components. 

My secondary interests are in mitigating the risks that arise from interactions between the built and natural enviroments, most notably tsunami and flood.

I am currently the Deputy Director for Postgraduate Research (Recruitment).



My academic background spans both the social sciences, with a degree in economics, and various aspects of civil engineering - most notably structural and tsunami engineering.  Prior to joining the university of Manchester I held a postdoctoral research position at University College London, as well as being employed for two years and a structural engineer in the shipping, oil and gas industries.  My early years were spent growing up in Cornwall, where I still try and visit as often as possible.

External positions

Early Career forum in Engineering, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

29 Nov 2019 → …

Associate Peer Review College Member, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

29 Nov 2019 → …

Areas of expertise


  • Structural Engineering, Materials Performance, Fire engineering, Tsunami engineering, Risk and Resilience, Automotive Safety

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), The Higher Education Academy
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Structural Engineering, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University College London (UCL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Economics, University of Bath

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