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Dr Jennifer Schooling FICE


Jennifer Schooling

Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Telephone: +44 1223 7 61866



Research interests

Dr Jennifer Schooling is Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), at the University of Cambridge. CSIC is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) with the specific aim to transform infrastructure through smarter information.

CSIC brings together world-class engineering research, academic excellence and commercial industry to support the UK in becoming a world leader in the fields of sensing technology, asset management and smart city development.

Jennifer and her team work with 41 Industry Partners, including Crossrail, Thames Water, London Underground, Highways Agency, Arup and Infrastructure UK, to develop commercial technologies, tools for data analysis and asset management, best practice guidance codes and specifications for scale-up and standardisation. CSIC also works with industry bodies including the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to unite the industry in smart innovation.

For further information please see the Centre's website:

Research projects

I have a particular interest in how we build the value case for smart infrastructure interventions, in particular for long-lived assets such as infrastructure. Business models which enable value to be attributed across different stakeholders. Cybersecurity dimensions of smart infrastructure.

Other positions

Fellow of Darwin College

CIOB Innovation and Research Panel


Dr Jennifer Schooling was appointed the Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction in April 2013. CSIC focuses on how better data and information from a wide range of sensing systems can be used to improve our understanding of our infrastructure, leading to better design, construction and management practices. CSIC has strong collaborations with industry, developing and demonstrating innovations on real construction and infrastructure projects, and developing standards and guidance to enable implementation. Jennifer is founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Smart Infrastructure and Construction Proceedings journal (ICE) and a member of PAS185 smart cities security standard steering group and the UKCRIC standing committee. She has also recently served as a member of ICE’s State of the Nation 2017 ‘Digital Transformation’ Steering Group, the Tideway Innovation Forum and Tideway Academic Advisory Group. Since joining CSIC, Jennifer has secured £7.6M in grant funding from EPSRC and Innovate UK for the Centre, including an additional five years’ core funding awarded to enable the Centre to expand its valuable work.

Prior to joining the Centre Jennifer worked for Arup, the global engineering consultancy, for six years.  There she led the firm’s Research Business, delivering research strategy development to aid clients in targeting their investments to improve their productivity and competitiveness. During her work managing complex interdisciplinary research projects for clients she developed a strong understanding of the demands placed on our infrastructure and the challenges of extending the design life of existing assets – of which more is being demanded all the time. Jennifer was also Arup’s Research Relationships Manager for the UK, working with staff and academic partners to develop strong collaborative relationships and managing the firm’s research investments.

Before joining Arup, Jennifer spent seven years working for Edwards Vacuum (then BOC Edwards) as a manager for New Product Introductions, leading a cross-disciplinary team to design and bring into production high speed turbo-molecular pumps for the semiconductor and scientific industries across the world.

Jennifer has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge.