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Professor Alex Galloway, CEng FIMechE

AMRL Director

Professor Galloway is also Deputy Associate Principal (International) for the University and a subject matter expert in forensic failure analysis, having conducted an extensive range of failure investigations for industry, insurance companies and the UK legal system.

His teaching portfolio covers fundamental materials science and engineering materials selection. His research interests include advanced joining processes, surface engineering and nuclear fusion materials. He has published many peer-reviewed journal papers and presented at a wide range of international conferences.

Dr Fiona Sillars BEng (Hons), PhD

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager and Team Lead 

Dr Sillars has worked on the EPSRC SUPERGEN programme on energy storage for electric vehicles, the SPECIFIC project (buildings as power stations) for Tata Steel and the MoD/EPSRC Solar Soldier project (wearable power generation). She has been UK representative for Batteries and Supercapacitors for the European Energy Researchers Alliance (EERA) for Energy Storage.

Since 2012, Dr Sillars provides technical solutions in materials engineering to the AMRL industrial customers and has delivered 100+ projects on material qualification and failure investigations. Currently, she leads research on the transition to sustainable energies with an EPSRC-IAA on Dynamic Loading Distribution on Wind Turbine Yaw System, and several SIR- and ETP-funded projects on failure investigation and materials characterisation of wind turbine components.

Dr Tiziana Marrocco, BEng (Hons) PhD CEng FIMMM

Knowledge Exchange Manager

Dr Marrocco has 15+ years of experience in materials engineering, surface technologies, failure investigation and asset management, as senior project manager on coating technologies at The Welding Institute and responsible for Rolls-Royce major projects at The University of Nottingham.

At the AMRL, she provides consultancy to commercial clients across all sectors of engineering and has partnered in multidisciplinary projects (e.g. SafeStore (IUK), COLA (EU), CORSAIR (EU)). Currently, she leads research on the transition to sustainable energies with a KTP on Wind Turbine Decommission.

She is Vice-President of The Scottish Association for Metals, affiliated to the IOM3.

Dr Maider Olasolo, MSc PhD MIMMM

Experimental Officer

Dr Olasolo joined the AMRL in 2018, having previously worked in academia and industry for 14+ years. Her expertise in materials science and metallurgy ranges from microstructural characterisation (including TEM, EBSD) to destructive testing, thermomechanical processing, chemical analysis, and thermal property measurements on wide range of materials.

At the AMRL, Dr Olasolo applies her extensive knowledge to support the delivery of commercial and research projects, and to guide Strathclyde UGs and PGs in defining their experimental work.

Natalie Beveridge 

Financial Officer

Ms Beveridge, additionally to her primary role as Assistant for the Head of the Department, supports the AMRL with its financial aspects. These include account allocation, transfers or resources, customers invoicing, capital acquisitions, budget monitoring and planning.

Ms Beveridge graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Studies and Financial Management in 2011; she began working for the University of Strathclyde in 2014 and has been working with the AMRL since 2016.