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Structures Research Group



Dr Seffen is a Professor of Engineering Mechanics, specialising in Structures, at Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED). He is a member of the Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Division (Division D). He is an Official Fellow of Corpus Christi College, where he has been Director of Studies, undergraduate Tutor, postgraduate Tutor, Acting Tutor for Advanced Students, Deputy Senior Tutor and Acting Senior Tutor for the undergraduate cohort. Previously, he was Lecturer in Smart Structures and Materials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMIST (1999-2001, now part of the University of Manchester) and Research Associate in the Engineering Design Centre at CUED (1997-1999). His PhD (1993-1997) was performed under the supervision of Prof. Pellegrino in the Deployable Structures Group. Keith Seffen read the Engineering Tripos at Cambridge University (1990-1993) and gained a first class degree. He was born, bred and educated in Northern Ireland.



Dr Seffen's research considers how to make structures change shape in dramatic ways without causing failure.  Such "reconfigurability" underpins many shape-changing processes in Nature, such as growth, and can provide novel properties in Engineering structures.



Teaching and Supervisions


Dr Seffen teaches across all four years of the Engineering Tripos. He also supervises in a variety of papers for a number of Colleges.


Professor in Structural Mechanics
Head of Structures Group
Fellow of Corpus Christi College

Contact Details

Cambridge University
Civil Engineering Building
JJ Thomson Avenue 7a
CB3 0FA Cambridge
Takes PhD students
Not available for consultancy