School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Agostino Bruno

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering


Background and research interest

I am civil and geotechnical engineer, with an interest in the experimental investigation and constitutive modelling of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. I have performed unsaturated triaxial testing of clayey and sandy soil samples subjected to wetting-drying paths (by changing suction) and/or loading-unloading paths (by changing net stress). In parallel, I have contributed to the development of two hysteretic bounding surface models, i.e. a soil water retention model and a compression model, that that can predict respectively the hydraulic and the mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. Another research activity in which I am involved relates to the hydro-mechanical characterisation of earth bricks for sustainable construction. I am interested in developing both experimental activity and constitutive modelling in the domain of unsaturated soil mechanics and earth construction.


2016 – PhD in Civil Engineering - Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (France)

2012 – Master in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering – Università di Napoli Federico II (Italy)

2010 – Bachelor in Civil Engineering – Università di Napoli Federico II (Italy)


Qualified by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to the level of Lecturer in Mechanics, Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Journal reviewer

Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier)

Energy and Buildings (Elsevier)

International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (Wiley)

Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE Library)

Materials and Structures (Springer)





Research interests

Unsaturated soils mechanics; geomaterials; laboratory testing; constitutive modelling; hydromechanical behaviour; earth construction.

Research interests

Postdoctoral project (2016-2018): " Hygrothermal performance and durability of earth bricks for sustainable construction"

Doctoral project (2013-2016): MECAD "Materiaux Eco-renforces pour la Construction et l'Amenagement Durable". PhD defense 28 October 2016 "Hygromechanical characterisation of hypercompacted earth for building construction"

Two-months industrial secondment at Pessl Instruments (Austria) for the European “Marie Curie” network MAGIC “Monitoring Systems to Assess Geotechnical Infrastructure Subjected to Climatic Hazards"

Participation to the supervision of two PhD students for the European “Marie Curie” project TERRE "Training Engineers and Researchers to Rethink geotechnical Engineering for a low carbon future”


Undergraduate teaching

ENG 1006 - Properties and Behaviour of Engineering Materials

CEG 2001 - Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2

CEG 3001 and CEG 3004 - Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3

CEG 3203 - Foundation Design 

Postgraduate teaching

CEG8215 - Foundation Design and Soil Improvement Solutions