Martin is a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey. Previously he was the Mary Ewart Junior Research Fellow (Somerville College) in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. He completed his PhD in 2018 with the Advanced Structures Group at the Cambridge University Engineering Department, supervised by Dr Keith Seffen. Martin obtained his Master of Applied Science degree (research-based) in Structural Engineering from the University of Toronto, supervised by Professor Jeffrey Packer, and undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo. Prior to undertaking his PhD, he worked in industry, leading research and development work on new blast and ballistic protection systems for Explora Security Ltd. He also spent a brief period as a structural engineer at Expedition Engineering.
Martin’s research interests are in structural mechanics, specifically the mechanics of thin shells. Currently he is investigating how localised features form during the large deformation of thin shells and the influence of these features on subsequent mechanical behaviour. Examples include the generation of creases and folds during the collapse of thin-walled structures, the influence of embossed texture on the buckling of thin shells, and the mechanics of origami and kirigami. He is also interested in topics related to blast-resistant design, particularly the development of new energy-dissipating blast protection systems.
- Localization of deformation in thin shells
- Mechanical behaviour of textured shells
- Buckling and collapse of thin-walled structures
- Mechanics of origami and kirigami
- Blast-resistant design
Enquiries are welcome from potential industrial collaborators on topics related to my research interests or structural mechanics more broadly. I'm happy to discuss your requirements and how we may be able to help with your project.
Postgraduate research supervision
Potential Doctoral Students:
Enquires are welcome from potential students who would like to study for a PhD within my research interests. Note that I currently do not have any funded PhD positions available.
Potential exchange/internship/visiting students:
If you would like to spend time working on a research project with me, please feel free to get in touch to discuss your plans. Note that there are no funds at Surrey to support research visits/exchanges. You will need >£1000 per month for departmental fees and living expenses in Guildford.