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Dr Christopher de Saxe Pr. Eng.


Christopher de Saxe

Senior Research Associate in Sustainable Road Freight

Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design

Research group: Applied Mechanics


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Research interests

  • Sustainable road freight transport
    • Decarbonisation
    • Electric road systems
    • High capacity vehicles
    • Heavy vehicle technologies
  • Heavy vehicle dynamics & safety
    • Modeling and simulation
    • Performance-based standards
    • Policy and regulation
  • Computer vision systems for transport applications
    • Vehicle odometry, especially for articulated vehicle combinations
    • Vehicle and VRU detection and classification

Teaching activity

  • Co-presenter, Mechanics of Heavy-Duty Truck Systems Short Course, Wits University (2020-)
  • MEng co-supervisor (2014-17)
  • Part IA demonstrator: Microprocessors (2016)
  • Part IA demonstrator: Kinematics of Plane Mechanisms (2014-16)


  • Qualifications:
    • PrEng (Mech) (Professional Engineer), Engineering Council of South Africa, 2018
    • PhD, University of Cambridge (Jesus College), 2017
    • MSc(Eng), University of the Witwatersrand, 2012
    • BSc(Eng) (Mech), University of the Witwatersrand, 2009
  • Employment history:
    • Senior Research Associate: Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, University of Cambridge (Jun 2021-present)
    • Visiting Senior Lecturer: School of Mechanical, Industrial & Aeronautical Engineering, Wits University, Johannesburg (Aug 2018 - present)
    • Principal Research EngineerCSIR Smart Mobility, Pretoria (Jan 2011 - May 2021)
    • Sessional Lecturer: Wits Plus School for Part-Time Studies, Wits University, Johannesburg (Jun 2018 - Dec 2019)
    • Engineer-in-Training, Anglo American Platinum, Rustenburg (Jan - Dec 2010)