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Osama Dawoud

Osama Dawoud

PhD. Research Student

Geotechnical Research Offices (GRO),
Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group,
Engineering Department,
Cambridge University,
Trumpington Street

Cambridge , Cambridgeshire, UK CB2 1PZ
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 765610


Osama had obtained the BSc. degree in civil engineering from Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine in 2004, the he received DAAD third country scholarship to make MSc. in water resources and environmental engineering in Jordan University for Science and Technology, Jordan for the period 2005-2007.  In his master thesis, he developed the equations describing the coupled problem of contaminant transport through consolidating soil.  Osama has acquired the First Class Honour for both of his BSc. and MSc. degrees.  The following years were spent working as a lecturer at University of Palestine, Palestine until 2011 when he joined the PhD. programme in University of Cambridge.  Along the years he spent in Palestine, Osama has worked with consultants for several projects in the field of environment and water resources engineering and management that include:

  • Setting-up Groundwater Protection Plan of the Coastal Aquifer of Gaza Strip
  • Use of Non-conventional Water Resources in the Gaza Strip
  • Building Geographic Information System (GIS) for Palestinian Water Authority in West Bank

Osama is currently working under the supervision of Prof. Kenichi Soga after he was granted the Merit Scholarship for High Technology from Islamic Development Bank in conjunction with the Cambridge Overseas Trust.  Osama is a memeber of Sidney Sussex College.

Departments and Institutes

Department of Engineering:
Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group

Research Interests

I am interested in the physicochemical and biochemical processes within the soil.  This interesting field of research is the keystone for all of the geoenvironmental applications.  I am currently studying Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) for soil improvement.  MICP is an evolving technology for modifying engineering characteristics of the soil that include: strength, stiffness, and permeability.  This is done by binding soil grains with calcite that is precipitated through a biochemical process induced using bacteria (Bacillus paseurii).  This can be described in simple words as turning loose sand into sandstone.  This technology holds the potential to compete with other technologies as an environmental friendly technology.  It can be used with a wide range of applications not limited to prevention of soil erosion at coastal regions and soil heaving with earthquakes.  One of the assets of this technology is the possibility to use it to enhance bearing capacity of soil below building that already existing.  For further details on my current research and experiments please find the link:

I have interests in geographic information systems and spatial anaylsis, and geohydrological research.

Other Professional Activities

  • Won Atkin's 1st Prize for 2nd Year Poster Prize in 2012, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge.
  • A founding member and the general secretary of Islamic Development Bank Scholars Association


  • Hydraulics


  • Hydrodynamics and Hydro-Environmental