- Rod Lynch's research background was in chemistry and instrumentation science before moving into environmental geotechnics. After graduation in chemistry from Birmingham University, he researched solid state structures at Mullard Research Laboratories; oil additives at Esso Research; nuclear magnetic resonance and solid state structures at Warwick University where he obtained his PhD in Molecular Sciences specialising in spectroscopy. After teaching and instrumental research at Durham University he joined Philips / Pye Unicam as a project engineer on chemical instrument research and development, and eventually became Principal Scientist. He led the team which developed the first liquid chromatography diode array detector, from a research idea generated by the Philips Research Labs in Eindhoven. In 1995 he joined the Geotechnical Group at CUED where he was Senior Technical Officer in environmental geotechnics until retirement in September 2011. From 1996 –2001, he was leader of the Sensors and Imaging Working Group of NECER, a European Union-funded network of geotechnical centrifuge users studying environmental projects. After retirement he continued to collaborate with Prof Abir Al-Tabbaa, to advise her students and to supervise 4th year project students at CUED. In 2015 he became Course Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training for Future Infrastructure and Built Environment.