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Stefan Ritter

Stefan Ritter

PhD Research Student


Stefan Ritter joined the Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Research Group at the University of Cambridge in October 2013 in order to undertake PhD research into the response of surface structures to tunnelling-induced settlements. He is supervised by Dr Matthew DeJong and his research is funded by Crossrail. Recently, he was awarded the Philip Turner Prize for outstanding work on geotechnical centrifuge testing at the Schofield Centre in Cambridge. At the University of Cambridge, Stefan supervises students in Geotechnical Engineering and demonstrates the Dimensional Analysis laboratory. He is affiliated with Girton College. Stefan is a co-founder of the University of Cambridge Geotechnical Society and was their previous chairman.

In 2011, Stefan graduated from the University of Leoben (Austria) in Mining and Tunnelling. He subsequently went on to get industrial experience working primarily as a tunnelling engineer on an Austrian expressway tunnel project. During his studies in Austria he gained tunnelling experience working as an intern for tunnel construction and design companies. Particularly, his internship with the Dr. Sauer Group (Washington D.C., USA) strengthened his international understanding of the tunnelling industry. Stefan was a visiting research student at the MIT (USA) where he worked on his Master’s thesis which was awarded by the Austrian Society for Geomechanics.

Stefan is an active member of Girton’s Football team. His personal interests include running, skiing, hiking and travelling.