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, in South Kensington. He is currently investigating the laboratory and field performance of a new type of permeable concrete pavement, called Kiacrete. He is a member of the Resilient Sustainable Infrastructure Group, led by Dr Alalea Kia. He is a member of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership (SSCP DTP) at the Grantham Institute.

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 Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

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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