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Structures Research Group


Cam Millar, who graduated from the MEng course in 2020, has won the 2020 Hangai Prize of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures for a paper about structural stability. The paper describes the results of Cam’s fourth year project, conducted under the supervision of Allan McRobie and Bill Baker. The award is open to applicants under the age of thirty, and is traditionally won by young researchers who submit the results of their PhD or post-doctoral studies. For Cam to win this prize on the basis of an undergraduate project is a remarkable achievement.

Cam’s research on structural stability is a major extension to the traditional method of graphic statics, enabling it to be used to describe the stability of structures. It builds upon the work of a long line of famous Cambridge names, from Simon Guest, Sergio Pellegrino and Chris Calladine all the way back to Edward Routh and James Clerk Maxwell.  Since graduating, Cam has been working with Bill, of Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago, developing further methods for the design of materially-efficient structures.