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Dr Margi Vilnay is a lecturer in Structural Engineering and the Director of Public Engagement and Outreach for the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee.

Margi completed her BSc (Hons) followed by a Research MSc (Cum Laude) in Structural Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, investigating the protection of historic structures as part of an EU funded project.  Subsequently, Margi obtained her PhD from Heriot Watt University looking at assessing the behaviour of reinforced concrete columns under blast loads. Margi then went on to take on a role as a specialist consulting engineer in the oil and gas industry before returning to academia as the Programme Lead for the BSc (Hon) at Abertay University. Margi joined the University of Dundee in her current roles in 2020.

Margi holds a postgraduate certificate in higher education (PGCert) and is a senior fellow of the higher education academy (SFHEA).

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Civil Engineer, CEng MICE

Professional Roles

  • Committee Member and Education Inspiration Lead for the Tayside and Fife ICE Branch
  • Vice-Chair of COMEC (Council of Military Education Committees)
  • Member of the Education and Outreach committee for the Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (HRFCA)
  • Member of the Tayforth Universities Military Education Committee (MEC)
  • Committee Member of Future of Work in Construction
  • Student liaison officer for IstructE (Institution of Structural Engineers)

Public Engagement and Outreach

Margi is committed to increasing the number of young people engaging in STEM through public engagement and outreach activities, and in particular, the number of women entering the engineering profession. She has led several initiatives in those areas, including the first International Women in Engineering Day events in Dundee, Mentoring and outreach schemes.

In 2021 Margi was awarded funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering for a three-year Visiting Professor, Dr Ollie Folayan - a Chartered Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry and the Chair of the Scottish branch of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers. Working together, they plan on addressing some of the key issues around both ED&I and employability and embed interactive lectures and training within the school curricula.


Research/ Scholarship

Margi’s research interests focus on using advanced numerical methods for finding structural response during dynamic events, such as earthquakes, blast and impact. She has received several awards for her research including the 2020 Telford Premium Prize for research papers.

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Margi enjoys lecturing; she is committed to bringing theory to life with practical examples and tasks. In 2021 she was awarded the ED&I student led teaching award. In both 2019 and 2017 Margi was nominated as ‘Outstanding Teacher’ in the student-led teaching awards at Abertay University after having previously received the Langlat Award for Excellence in teaching and the best tutor award 5 times running at the Technion.

Current modules Margi delivers include:

  • CE12006/ GA10001: Introduction to Structural Analysis
  • GA20001: Structural Analysis
  • GA30001: Reinforced Concrete and Steel Design, Concept Design
  • GA40001: Advanced Structural Analysis