EDUCATION:

  • Master of Science in Earthquake Engineering, MEEES consortium (University of Patras, Greece; ROSE School, Pavia, Italy). Thesis supervisors: Dr. Timothy Sullivan and Dr. Katrin Beyer.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (civil) with first class honours, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

CURRENT POSITION:

  • PhD candidate, Rose programme, UME school, IUSS Pavia.

Projects:

  • Italian Department of Civil Protection project e4a – Displacement based design for regions of low seismicity.
  • RELIUS III/line 7 – Development of a displacement-based method for earthquake loss assessment.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Structural Engineer at Alan Reay Consultants Ltd., Christchurch, New Zealand (2008-2011).

Projects:

  • Seismic assessment of structures damaged in the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes.
  • Seismic testing of pre-cast floor systems.
  • Structural/seismic design of numerous commercial and industrial buildings.
  • Summer intern at Opus International Consultants Ltd., Invercargill, New Zealand (2007/2008).
  • Summer intern at Fulton Hogan Ltd., Christchurch, New Zealand (2006/2007).

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Seismic design and assessment of RC cantilever and coupled wall buildings
  • Displacement-based design and assessment
  • Performance-based earthquake engineering
  • Seismic risk and reliability assessment
  • Structural analysis

 PUBLICATIONS:

Peer reviewed journal papers:

  • Fox, M.J., Sullivan, T.J., Beyer, K. [2015] “Evaluation of seismic assessment procedures for determining deformation demands in RC wall buildings,” Earthquakes and Structures, in-press.
  • Fox, M.J., Sullivan, T.J., Beyer, K. [2014] “Comparison of force-based and displacement-based design approaches for RC coupled walls in New Zealand,” Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 47(3):190-205.
  • Fox, M.J., Sullivan, T.J., Beyer, K. [2014] “Capacity design of coupled RC walls,” Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 18(5):735-758.

Conference papers:

  • Fox, M.J., Sullivan, T.J. [2015] “Record-to-record variability in the seismic response of RC wall buildings subjected to ground motions matched to the conditional spectrum,” 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Crete Island, Greece.
  • Sullivan, T.J., Fox, M.J. [2015] “Development of a simplified displacement-based procedure for the seismic assessment of RC wall buildings,” 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Crete Island, Greece.
  • Fox, M.J., Sullivan, T.J., Beyer, K. [2014] “A case study in the capacity design of RC coupled walls,” Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey.

Theses:

  • Fox, M.J. [2015] “Simplified probabilistic seismic assessment of RC wall buildings,’ Doctoral Thesis, ROSE programme, UME School, IUSS Pavia, Italy (in preparation).
  • Fox, M.J. [2013] “Seismic design of coupled walls,” Master Thesis, ROSE programme, UME School, IUSS Pavia, Italy.

 TEACHING:

  • Co-supervision of MSc thesis – Hector Pérez, MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology at IUSS Pavia, Italy (2014-2015).
    • Title: “Comparative study on the seismic design and performance of RC coupled walls.”
  • Co-supervision of MSc thesis – Mariela Cordero, MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology at IUSS Pavia, Italy (2014-2015).
    • Title: “Considering the annual collapse probability for the definition of capacity design shear forces in RC wall structures.”
  • Teaching Assistant – Fundamentals of Seismic Design, UME school, IUSS Pavia (Postgraduate programme, Jan. 2013 & Jan. 2014).
    • Tutor   – Computational Mechanics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2008).
    • Tutor   – Mechanics of Materials, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2008).
    • Tutor   –  Engineering Mechanics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2006 & 2007).
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