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Professor Wanda Lewis





School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 765 23138

Research Interests

General research is concerned with FORM-FINDING:  Conceptual Design of Fabric Structures,  Minimal Structures and Nature,  Structural Form in Engineering, Nature and Art  and stress analysis applied not only to  flexible tension structures  (such as prestressed cable nets and membrane roofing forms), but also rigid-type engineering components. The main focus of the work is the achievement of optimum structural form by using nature's own design principle: maximum stability and strength with minimum weight. The work has been applied to products from the automotive and aerospace industries, including the convertible roof for the Jaguar XK8, and, at a feasibility level, compressor blades.

Project awarded by the AHRC/EPSRC under  'Designing for the 21st Century'  scheme involved a study of tension fabric as a medium for sculpturing architectural enclosures, but also as a material for structural conservation of easel paintings and as artist's canvas.


Education / Qualifications
  • PhD in Structural Engineering, CNAA, Wolverhampton, UK, 1982
  • MSc in Foundation Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, 1976
  • Dip. Ing. in Civil Engineering (1st class), University of Opole, Poland, 1973
  • Diploma in Economics (with distinction), Technical School of Economics, Opole, Poland, 1969
Appointments held
  • 2008 - now Professor, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
  • 2004 - 2008 Reader, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
  • 1997- 2004 Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
  • 1986-1997 Lecturer, Department of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK
  • 1983-1986 Graduate Structural Engineer, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, UK
  • 1982-1983 Teacher of Mathematics, St Peter's Collegiate School, Wolverhampton, UK
  • 1976-1982 Research Assistant, The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton, UK
  • 1973-1975 Research Assistant and Assistant Lecturer, University of Opole, Poland
Membership of learned or professional societies
  • Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)
  • Member of Structural Morphology Group (under the auspices of IASS)
  • Member of TensiNet European Network
  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College, elected 1 January 2003 for 3 years

Research Projects

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Optimal structural form of arch and dome structures
  • Integrated form-finding, patterning, and load analysis of fabric membranes

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