Imperial College London

Mr Javier Sanchez Fernandez

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Postgraduate







Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Javier is a PhD student based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is part of the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials Group, led by Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda. In addition, he is member of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership (SSCP DTP) at the Grantham Institute.

His PhD research aims to develop new computational models to calculate Marine Ice Sheet Instability (MISI) and grounding line retreat in glaciers to improve sea level rise predictions. The main product suite used is COMSOL Multiphysics. This PhD is co-supervised by Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda and Dr Tim Hageman.

Javier also collaborates as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for several modules in the Department. He is a graduate member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (GIStructE) and a member of the International Glaciological Society (MIGS).

Background and Education

Born and raised in Madrid (Spain), Javier joined Imperial in 2018 to start his MEng degree in Civil Engineering. During these four years he specialised in the structural branch of Civil Engineering, where he studied elective modules such as Concrete Structures, Steel Structures and Design, Prestressed Concrete and Applied Dynamics, among others. 

As an undergraduate, Javier participated in two charitable societies at Imperial: El Salvador Project and Engineering Change. The contributions involved mainly the design and construction of infrastructure projects in developing areas in Central America.  

He graduated in 2022 with First-Class Honours, achieving an average of 76%. His final year project, “A phase field-based model for predicting creep crack growth in metals” achieved the highest score in the cohort and won the Final Year Project Awards 2021-2022 in the Materials section. He was on the Dean's List in Year 4.


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