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Mr Michele Win Tai Mak

Mr Michele Win Tai Mak

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Professor Janet Lees

IS2-02 EDC Loft
University of Cambridge
Department of Engineering
Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1PZ
Office Phone: +44 1223 332758


Michele is a PhD candidate in the Concrete & Composite Structures Group. His research focuses on the assessment of concrete bridges and half-joint structures. The project is funded by the Engineering Physical Sciences & Research Council (EPSRC) and it is carried out in collaboration with Arup and Highways England. Michele’s PhD Supervisor is Prof. Janet Lees and his Advisor is Dr. Matthew DeJong.

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 Engineering/Architecture from Politecnico di Milano. He also attended Stanford University as visiting researcher.

Michele is a member of Sidney Sussex College.

Research Interests

His research interests include the analysis, design and assessment of reinforced concrete structures, half-joint bridges, fibre-reinforced cementitious composites, failure analysis, seismic engineering.

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

Research Supervision

Michele is currently supervising a 4th year Engineering Tripos (MEng) research student who is investigating the structural behaviour of reinforced concrete half-joint structures.


1A Structural Design Course 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)


Key Publications

Mak, M., Desnerck, P. and Lees, J.M. (forthcoming 2018) " Correlation between surface crack width and steel corrosion in reinforced concrete" 5th International Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting, ICCRRR 2018, Cape Town, South Africa [accepted]

Other Publications

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. (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. (2009) Etude du Comportement Structurel d'une Tour Atypique - La Tour Triangle. Master’s Thesis, ESTP, France