I am the Mary Ewart Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College and the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford . I completed my PhD in the Advanced Structures Group at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering supervised by Dr. Keith Seffen.

I was previously a Structural Engineer at Expedition Engineering and Explora Security. I obtained my Master of Applied Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Toronto, supervised by Professor Jeffrey Packer, and Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Research Interests

  • Localization of deformation in thin shells
  • Mechanical behaviour of textured shells
  • buckling and collapse of thin-walled structures
  • mechanics of origami and kirigami
  • blast-resistant design


December 8, 2019 I am co-organising mini-symposium MS 214: ‘Origami/Kirigami Inspired Structures and Metamaterials’ at the The Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2020 (EMI 2020) , May 26-29 2020, at Columbia University, New York with Evgueni Filipov (Michigan), Sigrid Adriaenssens (Princeton), and John Brigham (Durham).
Abstracts are due by January 15.
August 29, 2019 I am co-organising mini-symposium MS-73: ‘The Mechanics of Thin Sheets, from Origami and Kirigami to Creasing and Wrinkling’ at the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute International Conference, April 5-8 2020, Durham UK with Mark Schenk (Bristol) and Evgueni Filipov (Michigan).


Walker, M.G. “The Mechanics of Generic Creased Disks.”, Submitted (2019)

Journal and Refereed Conference Publications

Walker, M.G, and Seffen, K., 2019. “The flexural mechanics of creased thin strips.”, International Journal of Solids and Structures. Vol. 167, pp. 192-201 [Journal, Preprint]

Walker, M.G, and Seffen, K., 2018. “The mechanics of metallic folds”. In 7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education, R. Lang, M. Bolitho, and Z. You, eds. [Preprint]

Walker M.G, Seffen K (2018). ‘On the shape of bistable creased strips.’, Thin-Walled Structures. Vol. 124, pp. 538–545 [Journal, Preprint]

Walker M.G, Seffen K (2017).  ‘Localisation in thin metallic annuli due to diametrical extension.’, AIAA Journal, Vol. 55, No. 11, pp. 3980-3989. [Journal, Preprint]

Walker M.G, Seffen K (2017). ‘Bistable behaviour of creased thin metallic strips.’ Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017 “Interfaces: architecture.engineering.science.” Hamburg, Germany.  A. Bögle
M. Grohmann (eds.)

Walker M.G, Seffen K (2016). ‘Flexural mechanics of creases in thin metallic strips.’ Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2016 “Spatial Structures in the 21st Century.” Tokyo, Japan. K. Kawaguchi, M. Ohsaki, T. Takeuchi (eds.)

Walker M, Holzapfel E, Hulton F, Eytan A, Smith M (2013). ‘Response of multi-drum neoclassical columns under blast loading.’ 15th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures, Potsdam, Germany

Eytan A, Hulton F, Walker M, Widdowfield S (2013). ‘The response of a tower to blast loading: Analysis, design, testing.’ 15th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures. Potsdam, Germany

Walker M, Seica M, Packer J, Eytan A (2012). ‘Standards and strategies for blast testing of structures and devices.’ 22nd Military Aspects of Blast and Shock. Bourges, France.

Walker  M, Seica M, Packer J (2011). ‘Behaviour of square hollow section steel members under transverse high-impact loading.’ 14th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures. Seattle, USA.

Seica M, Krynski M, Walker M, Packer J (2010). ‘Analysis of the dynamic response of architectural glazing subject to blast loading.’ ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering [Journal]

Walker M, Van Berkel S, Walbridge S (2008). ‘Needle-peening to improve the fatigue performance of existing steel bridge welds.’ Canadian Society of Civil Engineering conference. Quebec City, Canada.

Theses & Reports

Walker, M. G. (2018). Flexural Mechanics of Creased Thin Metallic Strips. PhD Dissertation. University of Cambridge, UK.

Walker  M. G. (2015). ‘Shape-Forming of Thin Annular Plates by Tension Buckling’, First-year PhD Report. University of Cambridge, UK.

Walker  M. (2012). ‘An Energy-Dissipating System for Blast Mitigation in Structures’, Masters Thesis. University of Toronto, Canada.


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


University of Oxford

1st year: Dynamics, Solid Mechanics, Statics, Bending & Torsion
2nd year: Structural Failure, Solid Mechanics, Elastic Analysis of Structures, Mechanical Vibrations

University of Cambridge

1st year: Structures (Architecture),  Mechanical Vibrations
2nd year: Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Mathematics

Teaching Assistant

University of Toronto

1st year: Mechanics
2nd year: Structural Analysis I


Email: martin.walker@some.ox.ac.uk