Jacob Whittle

Department of Mechanical Engineering

EngD Researcher

Jacob Whittle.
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Jacob is a researcher at the University of Sheffield studying towards an EngD within both the Department of Material Science & Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the Rail Innovation and Technology Centre and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems. His research focuses on the sustainability of steel railway infrastructure and how it can be used to support desperately needed low-carbon transport systems across the world.

He also holds learning and teaching responsibilities as a Doctoral Supervisor of Railway Challenge at Sheffield, Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Engineering and Open Day Ambassador in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Research interests
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Engineering
  • Cross-sector
  • Transport systems
  • Decarbonisation
Projects and publications


Alongside his EngD, Jacob is actively involved in several industry-supported projects focused on sustainability and long-term decarbonisation. These projects fall across multiple sectors and scientific focus, making good use of his Mechanical Engineering background and environmental impact assessment knowledge. The results from these projects have contributed to directing industrial strategy and investment.

Relevant recent publications

M. S. C. Rihner, J. W. Whittle, S.N. Mohamad, M.H.A. Gadelhaq, B. Walkley, S. C .L. Koh, “The Cement Sector and Life Cycle Assessment: Insights from a Systematic Literature Review”.  16th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement, Bangkok, Thailand. 2023