Ms Deborah Sims

Deborah Sims BSc (hons), MSc, FCIHT, CEng, Hon MSoRSA, PGCertHE, FHEA

Ms Deborah Sims

Deborah Sims
BSc (hons), MSc, FCIHT, CEng, Hon MSoRSA, PGCertHE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer Civil Engineering

Department of Engineering Science

Faculty of Engineering and Science

Deborah Sims was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering in 2011. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, Deborah was the Project Director for the Highways Central team with the Mott MacDonald group, managing a team working on a wide range of projects for clients across London and the south east of England. Before that, Deborah was Strategy and Service Manager at InterRoute, a non-incorporated joint venture between Mott MacDonald and Balfour Beatty.

A Chartered Engineer with over 25 years' experience of highways design, safety engineering, team leadership and project management, she has experience of managing large design teams both in the public and private sectors and working on motorways, trunk roads and local authority roads. Deborah also has experience in bid management and mobilisation for multi-million pound strategic alliance and joint venture operations. She is a contributing editor to various CIHT publications, and a professional reviewer for both Chartered and Incorporated Engineers.

  • Admissions Tutor for Civil Engineering
  • Faculty Outreach, & Recruitment Committee Member
  • Member of MSc review panels; civil engineering, water engineering
  • Chair of MSc Transport and MSc Logistics Programme Review panels (Business School)
  • Programme Leaders' working group member (training and skills)
  • Athena SWAN representative for Engineering Science
  • Employability Champion for Engineering Science
  • Industrial Liaison Officer for Civil Engineering, Member of Industrial Advisory Board
  • Industrial placements academic lead
  • Civil Engineering Placements Officer, visiting students on placement and assessing interim and final reports
  • Faculty Student Experience Committee member


  • Course leader CIVI 1020 Principles of Engineering Management - 15 Credit level 7 course
  • Course leader CIVI 1002 Highway Engineering - 15 Credit level 7 course
  • Course leader CIVI 1026 Project Management and Appraisal - 15 Credit level 6 course
  • Course leader CIVI1079 Construction Management and Technology – 15 Credit level 5 course
  • Co-course leader GEEN 1128 Engineering Professional Skills with specific responsibility for Engineers Without Borders - international first year engineering design competition - 30 Credit level 4 course.
  • Co-course leader WORK1007 – Diploma in Industrial Studies level 6 work placement course

Undergraduate Supervision

  • Developing Infrastructure to improve Pedestrian Safety in the UK
  • Engineering solutions to improve the higher ratio of 18-24 year old road user deaths in the UK relative to other age groups
  • Improving the safety of the high speed road network in the UK
  • Investing in the UK Motorway network to reduce the number of deaths per km
  • Learning from other European countries; improving cyclist and motorcycle safety on the UK road network.
  • BIM Level 2 and the future of the construction industry
  • BIM and the application of wearable technology in the construction industry
  • A comparative study of the forms of contract currently in use in the UK civil engineering sector.
  • Asbestos related diseases in construction
  • Carbon footprint reduction across the Chatham Maritime estate.

Postgraduate Supervision:

  • Shared space in the UK an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages identified from schemes implemented to date
  • BIM and the application for asset management of CMT infrastructure
  • Trustee and Council Member Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • Chair of CIHT Careers Guidance Materials Steering Group funded by the Rees Jeffreys Foundation
  • Member of CIHT Membership Skills and Strategy Board, Engineering Professional Standards Panel, and Road Safety Panel
  • Professional Reviewer (Chartered and Incorporated Engineer) and reviewer for special cases and transfers (UK and international)
  • CPD assessor for Engineering Council registrants (CEng and IEng)
  • Mentor for CEng and IEng candidates from academia and industry
  • Independent Trustee for the Chatham Maritime Trust - Chair of charitable objects group, adviser on risk register and asset management strategy.
  • STEMnet ambassador – "Superjudge" for the National Engineering and Science awards, trained in WISE 'People Like Me' approach to encouraging girls into STEM subjects.
  • Project Management
  • Road Safety Engineering
  • Skills for the Built Environment
  • BIM

Funded research projects

Funded research projects

  • Careers Guidance Materials – Rees Jeffreys Foundation £40,000, collaboration with TFL, CIC, STEMnet and CIHT - Steering Group chair.
  • Collision Prevention and Reduction, the Institution of Highways and Transportation, London June 2007, Contributor.
  • Road Safety Audit, the Institution of Highways and Transportation, October 2008, London, Editorial Steering Group Member.

Browse our publications database

  • The Practical Applications of Autonomous Vehicles: CIHT Learned Society Lecture in collaboration with TRL and University of Greenwich, April 2017, London, co-organiser.
  • Using the Considerate Constructors' Scheme as a learning environment for civil engineers, SHIFT Conference, University of Greenwich, January 2017, London.
  • Engineers without Borders: Introducing engineering undergraduates to interdisciplinary global engineering challenges, SHIFT Conference, University of Greenwich, January 2017, London.
  • Managing Transport in an Uncertain World: The Future for People, Places and Infrastructure, CIHT National Conference, March 2016, London.
  • CIHT Road Safety conference, April 2016, London, co-organiser and afternoon chair.
  • Careers Toolkit Launch, House of Lords, April 2016, London.

Browse our publications database