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Deryck Y.K. Chan

Deryck Y.K. Chan

PhD Research Student

Magdalene College
Cambridge CB3 0AG


Deryck Chan is a civil engineering generalist who is very keen on the quality and variety of hot drinks in the workplace.

PhD research project: Base slab heave in over-consolidated clay
Supervisor: Prof. Gopal Madabhushi
Co-supervisor: Dr. Janet Lees

2015-16: MRes Future Infrastructure and Built Environment (FIBE), Cambridge University
2014-15: Site engineer, Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O'Rourke UK (FIBE Industry+ programme)
2014: Visiting lecturer in academic English, Maryknoll China Teacher's Program, Jilin, China
2013: Civil engineer intern, Engineering Ministries International, Colchester UK & Uganda
2009-13: MEng BA Civil, structural and environmental engineering, Cambridge University

Research Interests

  • Experimental simulation
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Infrastructure resilience to natural hazards
  • Policy research in infrastructure development and urban planning


  • 3D5: Water engineering
  • 3D8: Environmental geotechnics
  • 1st year: Digital circuits and microprocessors
  • 1st year: Structural design
  • Cross-cultural communication for engineers (on demand)

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