Marina was born in Athens, Greece in 1991 and graduated from the School of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in April 2015. Her thesis was completed in the field of seismic engineering under the supervision of Prof. C. Spyrakos, where she investigated the problem of earthquake-induced sloshing in liquid storage tanks. She focused on the derivation of analytical solutions for the forces and pressures developing on liquid storage tanks subjected to external seismic excitation, which were then applied to analyse the response to wavelets and real records using Fast Fourier Transforms. Following her graduation Marina continued her research collaboration in the Laboratory of Earthquake Engineering at NTUA and co-authored a Journal publication in Engineering Structures based on her undergraduate thesis, while her results were also presented at the European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering in Crete. Following her graduation from NTUA she worked for a year as a junior project manager at PLANET S.A for infrastructure consulting projects. In 2016 Marina pursued a Masters in Management at London Business School (LBS), for which she was a awarded a scholarship by the Karelia Foundation. Following her graduation from LBS Marina joined the international investment bank Morgan Stanley in London where she worked as an investment banking analyst for c. two years and gained transactional experience in leveraged finance, restructuring advisory and mergers and acquisitions.
Marina’s participation in INSPIRE aims to bridge the gap between industry and high-quality research by contributing towards the development of implementable and marketable solutions in the area of low-frequency noise and vibration protection. In her undergraduate thesis she performed numerical and frequency analyses in the area of low frequency seismic loading and her work lead to valuable insights regarding the response of liquid storage tanks, showing that standard provisions may result to an underestimation of the required free-board and to a possible risk of tank roof damage due to near-fault effects. Her participation in INPSIRE will enable her to leverage her research and business experience in order to explore innovative metamaterial concepts such negative stiffness, towards the design of viable products that successfully cover the needs of the industry.
In her free time, Marina loves exploring nature and sports such as swimming and calisthenics. She enjoys experimenting with arts such as signing and music and reading books on existential philosophy and psychology.