Core Team

 

 

Director
Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
University of Cambridge
 
Dr Jennifer Schooling was appointed the Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction in April 2013. Prior to joining the Centre Jennifer worked for Arup, the global engineering consultancy, for six years.  There she led the firm’s Research Business, delivering research strategy development to aid clients in targeting their investments to improve their productivity and competitiveness. During her work managing complex interdisciplinary research projects for clients she developed a strong understanding of the demands placed on our infrastructure and the challenges of extending the design life of existing assets – of which more is being demanded all the time. Jennifer was also Arup’s Research Relationships Manager for the UK, working with staff and academic partners to develop strong collaborative relationships and managing the firm’s research investments.

Training and Knowledge Transfer Manager
Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
University of Cambridge

Dr Cedric Kechavarzi is the Training & Knowledge Transfer Manager for CSIC. His main focus is the design and delivery of customised and specialist training programmes for industry as well as the development and publication of technical guidance documents in order to foster knowledge transfer. His current R&D interests are in the standardisation and development of robust fibre optic strain sensing systems.

Business Development Manager
Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction and Cambridge Enterprise
University of Cambridge
 
Philip joined Cambridge Enterprise in November 2012, and is responsible for business development for the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) portfolio of research projects, transferring technology and knowledge to UK companies for global exploitation. Prior to this role Philip held a variety of technology management positions with IBM, Hewlett Packard, and a series of SMEs. During 2010-2011 he was Cambridge Enterprise’s Nanoscience Manager. During this time Philip invented and developed a working prototype of a solid state aerosol and particle sensor for volcanic ash sensing which led to further research funding by a major airline to take the sensor into commercial use in passenger aircraft.

Research Associate
Civil Engineering
University of Cambridge
 
Dr Loizos Pelecanos joined the university as a Research Associate in Civil Engineering in February 2013. He previously studied at Imperial College London obtaining an MEng in Civil Engineering in 2009 and a PhD in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering in 2013. His doctoral research work concentrated on computational seismic analysis of earth dams and included extensive static and dynamic nonlinear finite element analysis.

Chief Technician
Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
University of Cambridge

Peter Knott is CSIC’s Chief Technician. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of in-situ monitoring equipment installation, including the planning and design of fibre optic sensors deployment.