Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran

MA, MEng, CEng, MICE, PhD

Fellow (B), Director of Studies, Tutor

College Roles

  • Issac Newton Trust Research Fellow (B)
  • Director of Studies in Engineering (Part IA)
  • Assistant Tutor (Undergraduates)
  • Postgraduate Mentor


Email: ss683@cam.ac.uk


Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge (MA, MEng). She then lived and worked internationally in design, construction and R&D roles within industry and international development, becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng, MICE). Her roles in industry ranged from designing new bridges to working on sites to reconstruct housing destroyed by earthquakes. She returned to Cambridge for her PhD, spending part of her doctoral training as a Visiting Researcher with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and received the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) Leslie H Paddle Award for her work. Her achievements include being named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List (2016), and the Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential Women in UK Engineering list (2020), and being appointed to the Young Professionals Panel of the National Infrastructure Commission in the UK (2018). Dr Selvakumaran is currently the Isaac Newton Trust / Newnham College Fellow in Engineering.

Research Interests

Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran’s research interests focus on contributing toward more sustainable and resilient cities. She has particular expertise in using remote sensing (satellite monitoring) to understand its relevance, utilisation, and limitations to urban environments and civil engineering applications. Other research interests include topics which support overseas organisations she works with such as microhydro schemes in the Andes and sustainable wastewater treatment.