Emily So is Professor of Architectural Engineering at Cambridge University and a chartered civil engineer. At CRASSH she is a Co-Investigator of the project Expertise Under Pressure, funded by the Humanities and Social Change International Foundation.
Dr So is also the Director of the Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment (CURBE). Formerly a senior geotechnical engineer at Arup and Mendenhall Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, she specialises in casualty estimation in earthquake loss modelling and has been instrumental in establishing an international network on Disaster Casualties. She collaborates regularly with the UK Earthquake Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), the World Bank, the UK Environment Agency, the Global Earthquake Model (GEM), amongst others, and is on the GEM Science Board. She was the 2010 Shah Family Innovation Prize winner.
Dr So sits on the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and was part of the design team that won World Building of the Year 2017 of the World Architecture Festival. She is a Fellow and Admissions Tutor at Magdalene College.