• Emeritus Professor
  • Senior Research Scholar




  • BSc(Eng), University of the Witwatersrand (1972)
  • MSc(Eng), University of the Witwatersrand (1975)
  • PhD, University of the Witwatersrand (1986)


  • South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE)
  • RILEM – International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures
  • University of Cape Town
  • South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE)

Professional Affiliation:

  • Pr Eng (Engineering Council of South Africa)


  • Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT)
  • Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

Postgraduate Teaching: 

  • CIV5002Z (Structural concrete properties and practice)
  • CIV5138Z (Deterioration and condition assessment of concrete structures)
  • CIV5139Z (Repair and rehabilitation of concrete structures)

Research Affiliation: 

Publication Profile: 

Research Interests: 

  • Science and technology of cemented materials
  • Characterisation of indigenous concrete materials
  • Durability of concrete structures in marine and other aggressive environments; improvement of durability specifications
  • Repair and rehabilitation of concrete construction

Biographical Summary:

Mark Alexander is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and a Senior Research Scholar in the University of Cape Town. He teaches and researches in cement and concrete materials engineering, with experience in fundamental and applied research relating to design and construction.

He is part of the leadership of CoMSIRU at UCT, where work is being done on problems of marine concrete durability, amongst others. Professor Alexander has published extensively both in South Africa and abroad; he is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher (NRF-B).

Professor Alexander is a Past President of RILEM, an international organisation concerned with research in materials and structures, and President of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa for the period 2018–2020. He acts as a specialist consultant on concrete materials and related problems.