Dr Jennifer Schooling is Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), at the University of Cambridge. CSIC is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) with the specific aim to transform infrastructure through smarter information.
Jennifer and her team work with 41 Industry Partners, including Crossrail, Thames Water, London Underground, Highways Agency, Arup and Infrastructure UK, to develop commercial technologies, tools for data analysis and asset management, best practice guidance codes and specifications for scale-up and standardisation. CSIC also works with industry bodies including the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to unite the industry in smart innovation.
Dr Jennifer Schooling was appointed the Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction in April 2013. Prior to joining the Centre Jennifer worked for Arup, the global engineering consultancy, for six years. There she led the firm’s Research Business, delivering research strategy development to aid clients in targeting their investments to improve their productivity and competitiveness. During her work managing complex interdisciplinary research projects for clients she developed a strong understanding of the demands placed on our infrastructure and the challenges of extending the design life of existing assets – of which more is being demanded all the time. Jennifer was also Arup’s Research Relationships Manager for the UK, working with staff and academic partners to develop strong collaborative relationships and managing the firm’s research investments.
Before joining Arup, Jennifer spent seven years working for Edwards Vacuum (then BOC Edwards) as a manager for New Product Introductions, leading a cross-disciplinary team to design and bring into production high speed turbo-molecular pumps for the semiconductor and scientific industries across the world.
Jennifer has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge.