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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Joined UCL: September 2016

Mayowa Dada

  • PhD Researcher
  • UCL Mechanical Engineering

Contact Mayowa Dada


Dr PJ Tan (Main Supervisor),    Professor Giles Thomas

Research Area

Lightweight Materials and Structural Systems

Research Outline

Recent trends in design of civil, mechanical and defence structures have moved towards using high-strength, yet lightweight, alternatives to reduce weight without compromising on cost, performance or safety. Innovative lightweight materials and lightweight construction technologies are finding applications in transportation, buildings and construction, body armour and protection systems, mechanical components, sports and leisure goods, and packaging. This is typically achieved through a reduction in mass of the material used or the reduction in the weight of the final structure by employing novel design techniques or combinations of lightweight materials and/or hollow or sandwich structures. The need to balance reduced material mass with structural integrity to achieve optimum lightweight structures with desired mechanical properties under diverse loading conditions, imperfections (geometrical and material nonlinearity) and feasible deformation and response modes poses new and unique sets of challenges for researchers involved in structural integrity research.


I had my undergraduate (B. TECH) degree in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering option) from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria with a First-class grade in 2011 and developed a program for Concrete Mix Design, Adjustment and Optimization. I completed an MSc & DIC General Structural Engineering course at Imperial College London in 2015 and developed a tool for modelling and analysing Masonry Arch Bridges. I had a graduate design role in a reputable Structural Design and Consultancy firm (IAA & Associates Ltd.) for a year. My research passion is in optimizing the design of engineering structures. I started a PhD on “Lightweight Materials and Structural Systems” in September 2016 aimed at analysing lightweight materials and structural systems under diverse loading conditions, imperfections (geometrical and material nonlinearity) and feasible deformation and response modes to optimize their material mass, mechanical properties, cost and structural integrity (performance and safety).

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