Marco Francesco Funari obtained his Master Degree in Building-Architectural Engineering at the University of Calabria (Italy) in 2015. In 2019, He received his PhD from the University of Calabria under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Lonetti. His PhD program focused on developing advanced numerical models to simulate crack propagation in 2D solids. Marco also spent a research period at the University of Dundee, where he started a profitable collaboration with Dr. Saverio Spadea. During his PhD, he also served as a teaching assistant in the subjects of FEM, Dynamic of Structures, and Theory of Plasticity. In parallel, He also pursued his interest in masonry structures by collaborating with the Architectural Survey Laboratory lead by Prof. Giuseppe Fortunato at the University of Calabria. In 2020, Marco worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minho in the project OPHERA.
Marco’s research expertise falls in the framework of structural engineering with an emphasis on numerical and analytical approaches for the structural assessment of historic masonry structures.
He served as a post-doctoral researcher at ISISE in the S4H project during 2021-2022. He was mainly responsible for developing an integrated analytical approach for the out-of-plane seismic assessment and subsequent intervention design of heritage masonry buildings. Since 2022, he is a Lecturer at the University of Surrey.