Professor Martin Mayfield-Tulip

Professor Martin Mayfield-Tulip

Professor of Engineering Design

Professor Martin Mayfield-Tulip is a member of our Management Group. And he supervises some of our Grantham Scholars (see below). 

Martin Mayfield-Tulip took over the role of Head of Department in 2021 and has 24 years’ practice as a designer of engineering systems at Mott MacDonald and as a Director of Arup (Education Leader for the UK, Middle East and Africa, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Leader for North West and Yorkshire and lastly Sheffield office Leader).

These roles entailed leading teams of over 60 professional Engineers from a range of disciplines, working on a diverse array of projects in the UK and overseas. During this time, he built an industrial research portfolio (>£3m) including Multi- Systems Modelling Structures for Future Cities and Integrated Infrastructure Frameworks for Cities.

These roles entailed leading teams of professional engineers from a range of disciplines, working on a diverse array of projects in the UK and overseas. During his time at Arup he worked on infrastructure projects, stadia, airports, niche sustainable buildings.

Martin returned to academia, when he took up a Chair in the Department in 2013. He was made the Infrastructure Research Leader for Engineering at Sheffield and is leading the Sheffield component of the UKCRIC initiative.

Together with Dr Densley Tingley he leads the RISE (Resources, Infrastructure and built Environments) research group which now includes 14 researchers working across the nexus of technology and infrastructure to enable the creation of a built environment that allows humanity to thrive within the carrying capacity of the planet, and, in so doing, restore the balance between humanity and natural systems.

His expertise spans a diverse array of systems engineering, sustainable design, climate change mitigation and adaptation, mission critical systems, city systems and mapping infrastructure interdependencies.

This includes system of systems resilience studies for a range of organisations including cities and banks. He has designed a wide range of resilient energy and infrastructure systems such as stadia, data centres and city quarters.


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