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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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Teaching activity

  • Supervisor for 1P1 and 2P1 Mechanics (Robinson, from MT 2022)
  • Supervisor for 2P1 Mechanics (Newnham, LT 2022)
  • Lecturer for Applied Mechanics A (Statics) (Wits University, 2018-19)
  • Lab demonstrator for IA Microprocessors (ET 2016)
  • Lab demonstrator for IA Kinematics of plane mechanisms (LT 2015 & 2016)

Other positions

  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) (2018-)
  • Principal Engineer, CSIR Smart Mobility (South Africa) (2017-2021)
  • PhD Candidate, Cambridge University Engineering Department (2013-2017)
  • Research Engineer, CSIR Smart Mobility (South Africa) (2011-2013)
  • Junior Engineer, Anglo American Platinum (South Africa) (2010)


Christopher is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight in the University of Cambridge, Fellow in Engineering at Robinson College, Cambridge, and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). His research interests include the decarbonisation of long haul road freight, electric road systems, high-capacity vehicles, performance-based standards (PBS), heavy vehicle dynamics, and computer vision systems for transport applications. Outside of his research and teaching responsibilities, he serves as Board Member and Information Officer for the International Forum for Heavy Vehicle Transport & Technology.

Christopher obtained the BSc(Eng) and MSc(Eng) degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2009 and 2012 respectively, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2018. Since 2017, he has been registered as a Professorial Engineer (Pr.Eng.) with the Engineering Council of South Africa. Prior to joining the CSRF in 2021, he was a Principal Engineer at CSIR Smart Mobility, Pretoria, where he was closely involved in overseeing the country’s national PBS pilot project in collaboration with the Department of Transport.