Francesca is a PhD student in the research group Imperial Hazelab lead by Prof. Guillermo Rein within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is currently studying how building facades behave in fire and how to design safer facade systems. Her research project is funded by Arup and EPSRC.
She holds a BEng in Structural Engineering and Architecture from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc in Advanced Structural Engineering from Imperial College London. During her masters she worked on defining a heat transfer methodology for structural steel cables subject to fire using a combination of theoretical and computational simulations.