Dr Denis​ Kalumba

BSc (Eng), MSc (Eng), PhD

Geotechnical Engineering


Dr. Denis Kalumba is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) since 2009. He holds an MSc degree in Geotechnical Engineering from UCT. As a British Commonwealth Scholar, he completed his PhD degree in 2006 at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. His research was on remediation of metal contaminated soils using electro-kinetics. After which, he took up a research fellow position at the same university. The research project he worked on, involving dewatering of liquid wastes using electroosmosis, was funded by UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

His primary teaching interests are in: Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (BSc); Laboratory and Field Tests Techniques, Ground Improvement Techniques and Foundation Design (MSc and MEng). He is the convener of all geotechnical courses at both undergraduate and post graduate level in the department.

Dr Kalumba's main expertise / scientific research interests include: soil/foundation interaction behaviour, soil reinforcement, application of soil models in the analysis of geotechnical problems, electro-kinetics, and waste minimisation.

He regularly reviews manuscripts for various international scientific journals, and is also a member of the British Geotechnical Association and the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.