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    Dr Marina Bock is a Chartered Civil Engineer with the ICE that holds a PhD and a 5-year civil engineering degree from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC Barcelona Tech) in Spain. During her PhD she investigated structural applications of ferritic stainless steel with funding from the research fund for coal and steel (RFCS) from the European Union (RFSR-CT-2010-00026, 91k€) and national funding from the Ministry of Revenue and Competitivity of Spain (BIA 2012-36373, 137k€). Her PhD research directly contributed to improved design methodologies of the design code for structural stainless steel, the EN 1993-1-4. During her PhD studies she also supported members of the evoluton group of EN 1993-1-4.

    Upon completing her PhD studies in 2015, Dr Marina Bock worked in the UK industry for AECOM as a bridge engineer dealing with inspection, assessment and design of masonry bridges as well as other types of structures as part of the Northern Hub project, the construction of a new railway track in Manchester. She has also worked in Industrial R&D for Tata Steel UK developing steel products where she also contributted to the coordination and delivery of some work packages of project Bulding Active Steel Skin Envelope (BASSE), a project funded by RFCS of the European Union (RFSR-CT-2013-00026) that developed a cladding sandwich panel that harvests solar energy (£1.1M).

    Dr Marina Bock joined the UK higher education in August 2017 when she started working as a lecturer in Civil Engineering for the University of Wolverhampton. In 2018 she secured internal competitive funding from the Early Research Award Scheme (ERAS) to develop more efficient deisgn guidelines for structural aluminium (£4,995). In 2019, she was awarded funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the scheme "Small Grants" to develop novel aluminium connections (£5,000). In 2020, she was awarded a Lord Paul Swaraj Fellowship from the University of Wolverhampton to investigate and assess the applicability of the EN 1999, the structural code for aluminium, to additive manufactured aluminium using AlSi10Mg metal powder (£10,000). In September 2023, she was awarded a Royal Society Research Grant (RGS\R2\222144) with a value of £20,000 to investigate structural applications of additive manufactured Al7075 high-strength aluminum, a non-standard metal powder. Also in September  2023 with a team of other academics and an SME based in Shropshire, SJH driwevays, she secured funding from Innovate UK under the Smart Grants scheme with a value of £434k to develop a UV reflective resin based paving thorugh which she acquired experience undertaking thermal imaging.

    Dr Marina Bock has an outstanding track record of more than 30 peer reviewed journal and conference articles.

    She also took two career breaks between December 2019 until April 2020 and between Novemebr 2022 and August 2023 to raise her family. During her breaks she supported projects and teaching activities as part of her "keep in touch days".

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Chartered Engineer with the Instituion of Civil Engineers CEng MICE since January 2020

    Awards

    IStructE Academic research Award - Commendation for article:

    Bock, M, Theofanous, M, Dirar, S & Lipitkas, N 2021, 'Aluminium SHS and RHS subjected to biaxial bending: experimental testing, modelling and design recommendations', Engineering Structures, vol. 227, 111468. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2020.111468

    Research Interests

    Numerical modelling

    Laboratory experiments

    Metallic structures

    Additive Manufacturing

    Teaching Activity

    EC1BDT: Building and Design and Construction Technology

    EC2BID: Building information and Digital Construction

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert, University of Wolverhampton

    1 Sept 201715 Jul 2018

    Award Date: 15 Aug 2018

    PhD, Local Buckling and Web crippling response of stainless steels, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

    1 Sept 20106 Feb 2015

    Award Date: 6 Feb 2015

    MSc, Patch loading of hybrid plate girders, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

    1 Sept 200416 Jul 2010

    Award Date: 16 Jul 2010

    External positions

    External Examiner

    1 Oct 202330 Sept 2027

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