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Marko Bacic MEng DPhil CEng FIET

University Research Lecturer

Engineering Associate Fellow-Control Systems and Gas Turbine Functionality, Rolls-Royce, PLC


Dr Marko Bacic is an Engineering Associate Fellow in Control Systems and Gas Turbine Functionality at Rolls-Royce and also holds a University Research Lectureship at Oxford since July 2012. He completed his degree in Engineering and Computing Science (2001) and his D. Phil in Model Predictive Control (2004) both from the University of Oxford.

From 2003-2008, he was a fixed-term University Lecturer in Control Engineering at Oxford University and a Fellow of Lincoln College. During 2006-2007 he was seconded to Renault F1 (now Lotus F1) team with support from the Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment Scheme. He was a recipient of the 2012 Sir Henry Royce Award for Technical Innovation, for his work on the Model Based Detection Scheme for IP shaft break protection of three spool turbofans, and has received 2017 Sir Henry Royce Patent Award.

Marko holds more than 12 granted patents, and has more than 40 published papers and patent applications.

In 2020 Marko won the RAEng Silver Medal for outstanding personal contributions to UK engineering resulting in market exploitation.

Research Interests

Marko's research interests include:

  • Systems architecture, design and integration
  • Active tip clearance control
  • Active flow control for turbomachinery
  • Control of thermo-mechanical and electro-mechanical systems
  • Hardware-in-the-loop simulation
  • Control of fluid structure interactions

Current Projects

  • Aerospace applications of Control
  • Active Tip Clearance Control
  • Active Flow Control for Turbomachinary
  • Control of Thermo-Mechanical Systems
  • Hardware-in-the-loop simulations and control of fluid-structure interactions

Research Grants

  • M Bacic, P Ireland, R Daniel, K Chana, G Priestman (Sheffield): 'Active Control of Fluid Flows in Gas Turbines' - £1.1M, EPSRC and Rolls-Royce, 2014 – 2017  
  • M Bacic & P Ireland:, 'Advanced Transient Heat Transfer Facility' - £1.3M, Rolls-Royce and ATI, 2011-2015
  • M Bacic & P Ireland: 'Real-time transient disc modelling for modulated air systems' - £72,000, Rolls-Royce, 2011-2014
  • M Bacic: 'Hardware-in-the-loop simulation for unmanned air vehicles' - £114,000, EPSRC
  • Peter Ireland and Marko Bacic: 'Investigation into root cause of non-return valve failure in cabin-bleed systems' - Rolls-Royce & EPSRC, £126,000
  • Graham Taylor, Marko Bacic: 'Engineering applications of bird flight' - $300,000, AFOSR