Dr Mithila Achintha BSc (Eng), PhD (Cambridge), FHEA, CEng, MIStructE

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

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Mithila is a researcher, engineer and educator currently working as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sustainable Infrastructure Construction Materials at the University of Manchester where he leads Construction Materials research within the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Mithila has a PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Cambridge. After PhD, he joined Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Research Group at the University of Oxford where he worked for three years as a postdoctoral research fellow on an EPSRC sponsored project. Prior to joining the University of Manchester, he worked as a lecturer in structural engineering at the University of Southampton.

The overarching aims of Mithila’s current research are enhancing technical performance, resilience, durability, low carbon, sustainability, cost efficiency and circular economy of the construction materials and the civil engineering structures. Mithila’s current research focuses on experimental, theoretical and computational investigation of novel and efficient use of a range of constructions materials and composites such as concrete, fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) and glass and sustainable construction technologies, including digital design and construction.

As a research investigator, Mithila has been awarded and managed a total research funding / contracts approaching £1M, including funding from national and international research councils, such as European Commission, Innovate UK and A*STAR (Singapore). Mithila has also received research funding from professional associations such as Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). Mithila has strong links with a number of local and international research groups and industry partners. Over the last few years, Mithila has successfully completed supervision of four PhD students and one post-doctoral research fellow. He has authored/co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. He is the author of a book chapter on “Sustainability of Glass in Construction”, and he is currently writing a book titled “Engineering with Glass”. Mithila received two “outstanding research” awards from his previous employer university. 

Besides activities on research, Mithila has made substantial contributions to teaching and learning of undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has been the principal supervisor of several national and international award-winning undergraduate, Masters and PhD research projects.  Mithila has a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) and since 2015 he is a Fellow (FHEA) of Advance HE.  He is also a chartered engineer (MIStructE and CEng), and he is a member of the Research Panel of IStructE. Mithila is a member of EPSRC Full Peer Review College and also a co-author of the recently publsihed IStructE technical publication “Structural Aspects of Cladding”. He is an editorial board member of Structures journal.


Previous Employment

2012-20 – Lecturer in Structural Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Southampton

2009-11 –  Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (EPSRC project - EP/F026226/1)

2007-08 - Teaching Assistant. Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge


2009 - PhD in Structural Engineering. University of Cambridge

2003 - BSc in Civil Engineering. University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

2015 - Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). University of Southampton

Fellow (FHEA). Advanced HE

Chartered Member (MIStructE).  Institution of Structural Engineers

Chartered Engineer (CEng). Engineering Council, UK

Further information

Departmental Academic Leadership Roles

(1) Civil Engineeing Admissions Lead (acting)

(2) Civil Engineering Employability Lead (acting)

(3) Civil Engineering Year 2 Tutor (acting) 

External positions

School Governor, Ravensbury Community School

6 Jan 2022 → …

Editorial Board member - Structures, Elsevier BV

1 Mar 2021 → …

Visiting Academic and Doctoral thesis supervisor, University of Southampton

1 Jan 2021 → …

Research Panel member, Institution of Structural Engineers

1 Jan 2019 → …

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Construction Materials, Construction Technology, Structural Engineering, Concrete, FRP, Glass, 3D printing, Embodied Carbon, Analysis, Design, Experiments, Computational Modelling, sustainability, Resilient Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Circular Economy, Digital Twins, Innovation, Structures

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