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Professor Tim Ibell received his BSc (Civil Engineering) from the University of Cape Town and his PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Cambridge. After 5 years in industry and as a post-doctoral fellow, Tim joined the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, UK, where he was subsequently promoted through to Professor, Head of Department and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Design.
Tim was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in 2015, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His research includes the use of fabric to form extraordinary concrete structures and the monitoring of loadings, structural behaviour and user experience in buildings to drive better design. He has a passion for education in structural engineering design, and he won the University of Bath's main teaching award in 2008 while Head of Department. In September 2017, Tim took up the Sir Kirby Laing Professorship of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge.