Dr Sakdirat Kaewunruen is a positive, self-motivated technical manager and specialist with extensive experience across civil, transport and rail industry in public and private sectors. He has extensive expertise in transport infrastructure engineering and management, successfully dealing with all stages of infrastructure life cycle and assuring safety, reliability, resilience and sustainability of rail infrastructure systems.
He has outstanding skills in business management and continuous improvement of customer experience, he held visiting appointments at various institutions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Chalmers University of Technology’s Railway Mechanics Centre in Gothenburg Sweden, The University of Tokyo, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Railway Technical Research Institute in Tokyo Japan.
He has over 300 technical publications and evidence-based consultancy reports, and has served on the editorial boards of many international journals, including Structural Monitoring and Maintenance, Shock and Vibration, Journal of Structures, and International Conferences of Railway Technology and Rail Transportation.
Dr Sakdirat Kaewunruen has extensive industry experience in the field of structural, civil and track engineering both in industry and in academia. With over 14 years in rail industry and regulatory environments prior to joining academia, he has wide variety of specialisations, including rail engineering, track design, track components, structural and geotechnical engineering, maintenance and construction.
He is a Chartered Engineering in both Civil and Structural Colleges, and has research and practical experience internationally in railway systems and infrastructure engineering. His professional work had involved many industry projects worth over £5billions and has supervised/participated in railway research projects worth over £8milions (in Australia, UK, Japan, USA, Sweden, China, Malaysia and Thailand).
His industry and research work has won him numerous international and domestic awards. A few recent awards include Stephenson’s Best Paper Award (2017), Institute of Structural Engineers Midlands’ Research Award (2016), and Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences Long-term Fellowship (2015-2016).
He has membership in EU-Cost Actions: TU1404 (Towards the next generation of standards for service life of cement-based materials and structures), CA15125 (Designs for noise reducing materials and structures), CA15202 (Self-healing as preventive repair of concrete structures) and TU1409 (Mathematics for Industry Network).
Dr Kaewunruen is a member of ISO and BSI standard committees for railway sleepers (using concrete, plastic and composite materials) and recycling of rolling stocks. He successfully coordinates EU-funded RISEN and is a CI of S-CODE. He is also a committee member of Concrete Society Midlands and is Chief Editor of Frontiers in Transportation and Transit Systems.
His current research focuses cover a wide range of civil and railway engineering, including:
- Civil and rail infrastructure
- Lifecycle assessment and sustainability
- Train/track interface and interaction
- Structural dynamics reliability and resilience
- Shock/blast and impact
- Railway and transportation systems
- Risks economics, strategy, systems and urbanisation