Matthew Smith

PgCert. Academic Practice, MSc Mineral Exploration

Associate Professor
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
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Matthew Smith


Associate Head of School, EGIS


Matt Smith is Associate Head of the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai.

He is responsible for overseeing the teaching and research portfolio of the School. This includes undergraduate and postgraduate education mostly in the area of built environment such as architecture, civil engineering, real estate management and finance, construction project management and petroleum engineering, as well as high-quality, high-impact research in several diverse areas.

Matt has been with Heriot-Watt University, Dubai since 2014. Prior to this, Matt was in charge of the chemical and petroleum engineering programmes at Universiti Technologi in Brunei. He has worked in academia for 12 years, and two years in the finance industry before that.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Matt is a geologist by training with an emphasis on mineral extraction. 


Exploration geoscience (mostly from seismic data)

Structural and stratigraphic development of rift basins – implications for and interpretation of the petroleum system


H.N.Chaudhry, (Co-Investigators: E.Topriska, J.Han, M.Nazarinia, S.Talal, G.Menzies, K.El-Jisr) Global Challenges Research Workshop Call (RCUK Funding). 1278-R20-B15R12024 (2017). "Mapping the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect in Dubai and its impact on building energy performance". $2,000.

Mustafa Batikha with three EGIS UG students (Syed Talha Muhammad Ali, Meirzhan Kurtayev and Ali Rostami), Expo Live grant as a part of  “University Innovation Programme” (2017)  for a research titled: “Using Recycled Materials in Producing a High Quality, Inexpensive and Green Concrete Mix”. This topic is one of 17 topics were selected from 280 applications. 25000DHs.

E.Topriska, (Co-Investigators: H.N.Chaudhry, Research Assistant Mohamed Al Musleh) have recently signed an agreement with Dubai Municipality to fund their research in AE.