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Paul Sobota

Paul Sobota

Supervisor: Dr Keith Seffen

University of Cambridge
Engineering Department
Office INO-27
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1PZ

Office Phone: +44 01223 332693


Paul holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from RWTH Aachen University. His research concerns shape changing structures and their actuation. Currently he is pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, in the Advanced Structures Group on multistable shell structures. 

Research Interests

Morphing Structures | Large Deflection Shells | Post-buckling Analysis |
Smart Materials | Actuation | 
Analytical Shell Theory


Supervising 2P2: Structures; 3D4 Structural Analysis & Stability; Part IIA Project: SL3 (Intermediate German) and SL4 (Advanced German)

Key Publications

Sobota PM & Seffen KA, "Bistable Polar-Orthotropic Shallow Shells", (2019) Royal Society Open Science 6: 190888.

Sobota PM, Seffen KA, "Nonlinear growing caps". In Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) 2018 “Creativity in Structural Design”, Boston, USA, 16–20 July. Madrid, Spain: IASS.

Sobota PM & Seffen KA, "Effects of Boundary Conditions on Bistable Behaviour in Axisymmetrical Shallow Shells", (2017) Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A

Sobota PM, Dornisch W, Muller R, Klinkel S, "Implicit dynamic analysis using an isogeometric Reissner–Mindlin shell formulation", International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 110 (2017) 803–825. 

Other Publications

Sobota PM, Seffen KA, "Multistable slit caps". In Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) 2016 “Spatial Structures in the 21st Century”, Tokyo, Japan,26–30 September. Madrid, Spain: IASS.

Sobota PM, Dornisch W, and Klinkel S. "An isogeometric Reissner-Mindlin shell element for dynamic analysis considering geometric and material nonlinearities". Journal of Physics: Conference Series. Vol. 734. No. 3. IOP Publishing, 2016.