Webinar «The New Normal» 2. December 2020

Sarah Springman

Short bio
Sarah Springman has been Professor for Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) since January 1997 and Rector of the university since January 2015. She studied engineering sciences at Cambridge University. She then worked for five years as an engineer on several geotechnical projects in England, Fiji, and Australia before returning to Cambridge, where she earned her MPhil and then a PhD in soil mechanics in 1989 and established an academic career. Her main interest in research is soil-structure interaction and the geotechnical aspects of natural hazards. Professor Springman has published numerous journal articles and monographs, as well as co-editing and reviewing submissions for a range of scientific publications and has given many keynote lectures. She has supervised two dozen doctoral students, and has inspired many young women to take up studies in engineering and science. She received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bath in 2013, from Berne University in 2016, from The University of Sheffield and The University of Wollongong in 2018. Professor Springman is active in a number of research organisations in Switzerland and abroad. As Rector of ETH Zurich and within the Executive Board, she is responsible for education and as such for 22,000 students. She is in charge of admissions to study programmes at all levels and for the organisation and management of study-related matters. Sarah Springman is a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.