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James Fern

James Fern

PhD Research Student

Deltares Ltd
Stieltjesweg 2

Delft , Netherlands 2600 MH
Office Phone: +31 (0) 88 335 73 65


James studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne and graduated in 2011 with a MSc in Civil Engineering. During his studies, he spent a year at the Technical University in Berlin and then undertook a project in Hamburg involving the construction of an underground rail tunnel. It was as a result of this that he developed his interest in geotechnics and hydraulics.  After he graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he worked for over a year for a Swiss engineering consultant specialising in the construction of dams. Here, he designed underground structures such as power tunnels and caves, as well also working on surface excavations.

James joined the Geotechnical Research Group at in October 2012 as a PhD student. He is supervised by Professor Kenichi Soga and is affiliated to Girton College.