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Structures Research Group



Michele is a PhD candidate in the Concrete Infrastructure Research Group and member of Sidney Sussex College. His research focuses on the deterioration of reinforced concrete bridges. Michele’s PhD Supervisor is Prof. Janet Lees and his Advisors are Dr. Matthew DeJong and Dr. Rob Foster. The project is funded by the Engineering Physical Sciences & Research Council (EPSRC) and it is carried out in collaboration with Arup and Highways England

Prior to joining the Department, he worked as Structural Engineer at Ove Arup & Partners.

Michele holds a MEng in Structural Engineering from École Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Bâtiment et de l'Industrie de Paris (ESTP) and a MSc in Architectural Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He also attended Stanford University as visiting researcher.


His research interests include the assessment of reinforced concrete bridges, seismic response of tall buildings, failure analysis, resilience and risk management.

Michele believes in a holistic approach to design and cross-disciplinary thinking. He is passionate about the integration between architecture and structural engineering.


Key publications: 

Mak, M.W.T., Desnerck, P. and Lees, J.M. (2019) Corrosion-induced cracking and bond strength in reinforced concrete, Construction and Building Materials, 208, 228–241.

Other publications: 

Mak, M.W.T. and Lees, J.M. (2019) Bond deterioration and reduced cover in concrete with transverse reinforcement. 1st fib Italy YMG Symposium on Concrete and Concrete Structures. 15 Oct 2019, Parma, Italy.

Mak, M.W.T. and Lees, J.M. (2019) Development of a novel bond test set-up for concrete with transverse reinforcement. 2019 fib Symposium: Concrete – Innovations in Materials, Design and Structures. 27-29 May 2019, Krakow, Poland.

Mak, M.W.T., Desnerck, P. and Lees, J.M. (2018) Correlation between surface crack width and steel corrosion in reinforced concrete. MATEC Web of Conferences – 5th International Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting – ICCRRR 2018. 19-21 Nov 2018, 199, 04009, Cape Town, South Africa. EDP Sciences.

Toniolo, G. and di Prisco, M., Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocode 2 (English Edition by Michele Win Tai Mak), Springer 2017.

Nezosi, D. and Mak, M.W.T. (2016) Jockey Club Innovation Tower – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Kowloon, Hong Kong, Arketipo Magazine 104/2016, pp.64-77.

Mak, M. (2011) Holistic Approach to the Design of a Movable Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015. Nonlinear Finite Elements Analysis and Application of an Energy-Dissipating Fiber Reinforced Concrete Infill Panel System. Master’s Thesis, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Mak, M.W.T. (2009) Etude du Comportement Structurel d'une Tour Atypique - La Tour Triangle. Master’s Thesis, ESTP, France.

Teaching and Supervisions


Part IA (1st Year) - Structural Design Course Demonstrator - University of Cambridge (2018-2019)

Part IA (1st Year) - Dimensional Analysis Lab Demonstrator - University of Cambridge (2019)

Part IB (2nd Year) - 2P2 Plastic Collapse Lab Demonstrator - University of Cambridge (2018)

Part IIB (4th Year) - 4D7 Concrete Structures Lab Demonstrator - University of Cambridge (2018)

BArch/MArch Final Year Project Tutorials - Manchester School of Architecture (2016)

MArch Final Year Project Tutorials - University of Sheffield (2015)

MSc Technical Architecture Project - Politecnico di Milano (2010)

Research supervision: 

Michele has co-supervised 4th year Engineering Tripos (MEng) research students investigating the structural behaviour of reinforced concrete half-joint structures.

PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Professor Janet Lees
Mr Michele W.T.  Mak

Contact Details

Civil Engineering Bldg
7a J.J. Thomson Ave
+44 1223 332758
Available for consultancy


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