Past President Tim Ibell moves to Cambridge University

Published: 19/10/2017

Congratulations to Past President, Tim Ibell, who was appointed to the Sir Kirby Laing Professorship of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge, as of 1 September 2017.

Tim joins the University after exactly 20 years at the University of Bath. In his new role Tim will lead the establishment of the University’s new National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS), which intends to drive better design and performance in the built environment. 

Tim said:

“It’s good to undergo a big change in your career at some stage to keep you on your toes. Cambridge is a wonderful opportunity: the University hosts the Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE), which epitomises the need for architects and engineers to better understand each other’s aspirations – an issue that is in my blood from my time at Bath. 

“Placing the performance of our built environment at the centre of my research is equally important to me. Innovation in concrete design (using flexible formwork) to achieve beautiful, structurally-efficient and lower-carbon structures is a great passion, as is the relentless mission to understand better real loading levels in buildings and real user-defined serviceability criteria, such that design of buildings may one day be driven by measured data in real buildings (our living laboratory) rather than by simulated, simplified experiments which are devoid of user interaction.

“Perhaps most importantly this is a fresh opportunity to nurture promising students through a degree programme which embeds creativity, design, worldliness, deep technical ability and ambition in their lives. I very much look forward to playing a role in the Department’s exciting programme.”

Watch Tim's 2015 Presidential Address 'Creativity and Fun'.
 

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