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Department of Engineering

Mr Will Hawkins


Research Student

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Structures


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Research interests

Shell structures, construction materials, sustainable design, optimisation, construction technology. 


Will completed his MEng degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a first class (pass with distinction) degree. Will won seven awards during his time at the University of Cambridge. His major research project was ‘Prestressed Ceramic Structures’ which investigated the effects of prestressing in improving the structural performance of common brittle materials such as ceramics. He graduated from Cambridge in 2013 and joined AKTII as a graduate engineer.

Will began his PhD at the University of Bath in 2015 before transferring to Cambridge in 2017. He is researching a lightweight  and sustainable flooring system for multi-storey buildings using structurally optimised concrete shells.

Lead Supervisor: Dr John Orr. Co-Supervisors: Professor Tim Ibell, Dr Paul Shepherd (University of Bath)

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