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Structures Research Group

Concrete research, tailored infrastructure, climate change mitigation, ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete


Jessica completed her MEng in Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 2019. Her Master's thesis, intitled "When/where does it make sense to use Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC)?", investigated the shear behavour of UHPFRC concrete beams. She then embarked on a PhD at the same institution within the field of Tailored Reinforced Concrete Infrastructure, specifically aiming to improve embodied carbon of concrete structures. 

Alongside her studies, Jessica has been MCR Co-President at St Catharine's college for two years (2019-2021). This involves planning events for the postgraduate community and liasing with them and College administration on the behalf of the student body. Jessica is an enthusiastic athlete and aims to complete her first marathon in 2021.


Jessica's research focusses on understanding the ways that cement use can be optimised in concrete structures. She is investigating the durability properties in particular, with interest in transportation mechanisms through porous media, as part of the Tailored Infrastructure project under Professor Janet Lees.

Teaching and Supervisions


Jessica has experience teaching first year undergraduates in Mechanics, Structures and Mechanical Vibrations courses, as well as supervising Master's students. She also has experience demonstrating IA Structural Design course and mentoring prospective engineering applicants to university.

Supervisor: Dr Janet Lees

Contact Details

Civil Engineering, West Cambridge Site, 7a JJ Thomson Ave
Not available for consultancy