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Mr Michele Win Tai Mak

Mr Michele Win Tai Mak

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Prof. Janet M. 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 Infrastructure Research Group. His research focuses on the assessment of concrete bridges. The project is funded by the Engineering and 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 Advisors are Dr. Matthew DeJong and Dr. Rob Foster. He is a member of Sidney Sussex College.

Prior to joining the Department, he worked as a 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.

Research Interests

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.

Research Supervision

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



Part IA - 1P2 Structural Design Course

Part IB - 2P2 Plastic Collapse Lab

Part IIB - 4D7 Concrete Structures Lab

Part IIB - Final Year Research Projects

Key Publications

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

Mak, M., Desnerck, P. and Lees, J.M. (forthcoming 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, Kraków, Poland.

Mak, M., 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 Science.

Other Publications

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

Nezosi D. and Mak M. (2016) Jockey Club Innovation Tower – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Kowloon, Hong Kong, Arketipo Magazine, 104, 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) Étude du Comportement Structurel d'une Tour Atypique - La Tour Triangle. Master’s Thesis, ESTP, France