Martin Mayfield
Title: Prof.
Country of residence: United Kingdom
Institution: Department of Civila and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield
Address: Department of Civil and Structural Engineering Sir Frederick Mappin Building Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Early Stage Researcher: No
Sex: Male
MC Member: Substitute
WG membership:
1, 4

Professor Martin Mayfield is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has recently taken up the Chair of Engineering Design at the University of Sheffield after 25 years in practice as a Director of Ove Arup and Partners Ltd, holding a portfolio including Sustainable Building Leader for the UK, Middle East and Africa, Education Leader for the UK, Middle East and Africa and Leader of the Arup office in Sheffield, leading a team of professional Engineers, working on a diverse array of projects in the UK and overseas. Within this team, he led a Built Environment research group, providing thought leadership to the wider group and Arup on the future of sustainable design and the opportunities that this will present to designers, commercial research projects for clients, identifying and driving the research strategy, horizon scanning and leading the technical progression of sustainable building design.

He has led and supported many applied research projects for major industrial clients, IMechE and the TSB covering a range of issues in the field of sustainable and low energy building design including projects such as the definition of a route to zero carbon for the Further Education sector, defining Scope 3 carbon footprinting for the Higher Education Sector and the design of the UK's only Hydrogen powered zero carbon building. He is a regular speaker at conferences on Sustainable Buildings and Cities.

Martin is passionate about helping to develop Engineering Graduates capable of making a difference in the world through their ability to engage with society to deliver creative engineering solutions to address global issues.

His research interests are in the Built Environment, City Systems and infrastructure interdependencies, in particular Urban Energy Systems and how they respond to stress and shock events.

Current research projects include:

    Smart Grid evolution
    Integrated infrastructure & devolution
    Engineering challenges for Climate Change adaptation in retail buildings
    Reducing end use energy demand through multi channel information streams


Conference papers:

  • Decarbonising Data Centre Infrastructure Data Centre Transformation Conference 2013
  • Technology and solutions over the next 5 years - a study for a Major UK Construction Contractor. March 2012
  • How delivering upon the carbon reduction targets can improve the academic and financial position of a University - Greening Higher and Further Education Conference 2012.
  • Building Design for Warmer Climates - various conferences 2010-11
  • Route to Zero Carbon Colleges published by UK Government 2008
  • Sustainable School Design - International Schools Conference 2008
  • What do Engineers need from Building Simulation Tools - IBPSA Conference, September 2006
  • Hitting the 80% carbon reduction target - LSC Annual Conference 2008
  • Optimising Low Carbon Design for Buildings - Hong Kong Sustainable Design Conference, September 2008
  • Sustainability in Design - LSC Annual Conference 2005
  • Towards the Zero Carbon School - IMechE Conference November 2006
  • Designing High Quality Learning Environments - BSEC Annual Conference 2005