Professor of Civil Engineering
University of Cambridge

Kenichi Soga joined the Geotechnical Group as a lecturer (1994-2000) and then was a senior lecturer (2000-2003) and Reader (2003-2007). He holds the current post since 2007. He specialises in the area of Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Geotechnics

He was born in New York, but received most of his education in Japan. He went to Kyoto University to study Civil Engineering and obtained B.Eng. and M. Eng. in 1987 and 1989, respectively. In 1989, he was awarded a two-year scholarship from the Murata Overseas Scholarship Foundation to continue his study at the University of California at Berkeley. At Berkeley, he worked as a Research Assistant between 1991 and 1994 and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1994.

He has been a Fellow of Churchill College since 1995 where he is Director of Studies in Engineering.

He is an editorial member of Computers and Geotechnics, Geomechanics and Geoengineering, Georisk and Geomechanics and Engineering. In the past, he served as an editorial board memeber for Geotechnique (2003-2005), ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (2001-2009), JGS Soils and Foundations (2001-2005) and Vadose Zone Journal.
He is co-author of "Fundamentals of Soil Behavior, 3rd Edition"(John Wiley and Sons) with James K. Mitchell. He has written about 200 journal and conference papers and is recipient of the Telford Gold Medal (Institution of Civil Engineers), the George Stephenson Medal (Institution of Civil Engineers), the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (American Society of Civil Engineers), the Crampton Prize (Institution of Civil Engineers), the JE Jennings award (South African Geotechnical Society), and the Schofield award (International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics). He delivered the 2007 Geotechnique Lecture at ICE.

He is fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Executive member of the Technical Oversight Committee of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). He is a core member of TC35 Geotechnics of Particulate Media of the ISSMGE and a member of EPSRC Peer Review College.


Research interests


Geomechanical processes


  • Monitoring and assessment of underground railway structures
  • Tunnelling and deep excavation and their Influence on adjacent infrastructure
  • Methane hydrate extraction processes
  • Soil fracturing and grouting
  • Pipeline-soil interaction
  • Submarine landslides
  • Constitutive modelling of London Clay
  • Large deformation modelling using SPH and MPM

Innovative monitoring


  • Distributed strain measurements of geoinfrastructures using fibre optics
  • Wireless sensor network monitoring systems (Click here for details)
  • Micro electro-mechanical sensors and power harvesting (Click here for details)
  • Computer vision for infrastructure monitoring
  • Self-boring pressuremeter and permeameter

Environmental geotechnics


  • Energy foundations
  • Geothermal energy
  • Soil-Bio interactions and engineering (Click here for details)
  • Long-term monitoring and life cycle analysis of infrastructure