PhD Student in Geotechnical Engineering
Natalie holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Warwick (2013) and a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Birmingham (2014).
Following graduation, Natalie worked for Arup within the Geotechnics and Numerical Skills Team in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has been involved in both UK and international infrastructure and ground engineering projects including Doha Metro excavation lateral support, shaft analysis and design for the Inner Doha Re-sewerage Implementation Strategy (IDRIS) and the A1 road improvement scheme. Natalie is currently on a sabbatical from Arup whilst she undertakes her PhD research.
Natalie's doctoral research project involves the experimental and numerical analysis of embankment ground movements when subjected to dynamic loading generated by high speed rail. She is funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant Award. Her research focusses on the assessment of the performance of existing embankments with a particular focus on the serviceability limit state of the embankment structure and the creep deformations of the ground. It is hoped the research will assess the impact of high speed rail cyclic loading on the deformation behaviour of embankments.
Graduate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Student member of the British Geotechnical Association
Student member of the Midland Geotechnical Society
Student member of the Women's Engineering Society
During her PhD research, Natalie continues to work towards the completion of her Initial Professional Development (IPD) for Chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers. Natalie regularly attends the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Midland Geotechnical Society lectures in the local area. Within the University, she is a postgraduate representative on the Engineering Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) and is involved in the Athena Swan Committee.
In addition, Natalie is a STEM Ambassador and member of Inspiring the Future, promoting Engineering and Science to local schools and colleges through outreach activities. She is also involved in the Coventry and Warwickshire branch of ScienceGrrl. Natalie volunteers as a maths tutor within local secondary schools and is involved in the demonstration of Civil Engineering laboratories within the School of Engineering. She is currently undertaking the Postgraduate Award (PGA) for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education whilst studying at the University.