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Prof Maria Rosaria Marsico

Associate Professor of Structural Dynamics


Telephone: 01392 723594

Extension: (Streatham) 3594

Maria Rosaria Marsico  is presently Associate Professor of Strucural Dynamics at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences of the University of Exeter, UK. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 2008 at the University of Naples Federico II and she was Research Assistant at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Bristol, UK  woking on the instabiliy of cables in cable-stay bridges,

She conducts research in Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics, Structural Health Monitoring, Control Systems and Energy Dissipation.

She she was Visiting Researcher at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of California Berkeley in 2008-09 and she optimised an innovative method to design buckling and roll-out displacement for multilayer elastomeric bearings used for seismic protection.

Dr. Marsico has been member of ReLUIS, University Network of Seismic Engineering Laboratories supported by the Department of Civil Protection in Italy. She is reviewer for highly ranked journals and she published several articles in reputed international journals.

In 2020 she was awarded an EASD Junior Research Prize in the area of Application of Structural Dynamics (European Association of Structural Dynamics) 

2020- Admission Lead, Engineering at the University of Exeter, UK

Past Chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA Exeter Branch (2016-18)

Early Career Researcher Rep for Engineering. Fecabook ECRN. LinkedIn ECRN UoE Engineering

External Relations Champion for Engineering at CEMPS.

Equality & Diversity Co-ordinator (Engineering), University of Exeter.

Funder of Robogals Chapter at CEMPS.

Research-led learning. Watch my controbution to the Education Strategy 2015-2020.

 2014-2016  Co-ordinator of the Exeter MSc in Structural Engineering


ECMM153 - Conceptual Design of Buildings

ECMM158 - Active and Passive Control systems

ECMM151 - Introduction to Earthquake Engineering


Past Teaching

ECMM152 - Conceptual Design of Bridges

ECMM138 - Innovative Antiseismic Technologies

ECMM103 - Computer Aided Engineering Design

ECMM101 - Industrial Case Studies

ECM3171 - Computer Aided Drawings

ECM1101 - Professional Studies, Skills and Development

Professional Experience

2016: Member of the EPSC Associate Peer Review College.

2014: Member of the Italian Working Group ‘Earthquake Risk Assessment Plan’ (€444,176.02).

2010-2012: Project Engineer at SOMMA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

2006:  Expert witness for Italian Court, Potenza, Italy.

2005-2006: Project Engineer for GAMMA ENGINEERING.

2005-2008: Engineer Consultant for BLG ENGINEERING GROUP.

2005: Engineer Consultant for FEEVA Architecture. 


PhD Studenthsip

Ph.D Studentship Funded by China Scholarship Council (CSC) under my supervision. Projects’ titles are:

Advanced Materials

1.      Graphene-Based Composite Materials for Seismic Isolation of Structures (Maria Rosaria Marsico) contact email

2.      Metamaterial-based design of seismic resistant structures (Maria Rosaria Marsico) contact email



1.      Advanced composites for boosting resilience of strategic equipment operating in wobbling environments in the medical and aerospace industry (Julian Londono Monsalve) contact email or



More detailed information can be found  here

There are 50 fully-funded bursaries (all fees covered) and possible candidates need to apply here:

I would he happy to supervise PhD Students in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. Please contact me!