School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Maryam Haroutunian

Lecturer in Marine Technology


Roles and Responsibilities


Research Interests

  • Novel and unconventional designs and technologies to improve the performance of unmanned underwater vehicles specifically in terms of manoeuvrability and depth capability.
  • Bio-inspiration to improve the performance of marine vehicles
  • Hydrodynamics and propulsion of biologically inspired underwater robots
  • Use of smart materials in underwater vehicles
  • Human/machine interface regarding the manoeuvrability and stability of marine vehicles for safer shipping.

 Past Research 

  • Investigating Progressive Collapse of damaged ships
  • Investigating whipping response of ships
  • Bio-inspiration to improve the performance of UUVs: Sponsored by the EPSRC

I was also the Secretary of the ISSC Committee V.5 Naval Vessel Design

Current Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Naval Architecture (MAR1012) - Ship stability - Module leader
  • Further Naval Architecture (MAR2017) - Resistance and General Arrangement  - Module Leader
  • Ship Hydrodynamics (MAR2019) - Seakeeping and Maneouvring

Postgraduate Teaching

  • High speed and advanced crafts (MAR8038) - SWATH
  • Fundamentals of Naval Architecture (MAR8072) - Resistance 

Past Teaching

  • Applications of Engineering (MAR1011)
  • IT and Communications (SFY0008)
  • Naval Architecture IA (MAR1003) 
  • Ship Hydrodynamics (MAR2019) - Resistance
  • Resistance and Propulsion II (MAR3117) – Singapore campus
  • Laboratory Supervisor for Marine Mechanics (MAR1009)
  • Casual Lecturer in Naval Architecture at South Tyneside College


  • PhD in Marine Technology, Newcastle University, 2014
  • MSc Naval Architecture, Newcastle University, 2009
  • BSc Marine Engineering, AmirKabir University (Tehran Polytechnic), 2007

Software/Programming Skills

   Rhinoceros, AUTOSHIP, AutoCAD, LABVIEW, MATLAB, Solidworks, ABAQUS, LS-DYNA, StarCCM

Other Roles and duties

  • Deputy undergraduate admissions officer for Marine Technology at the school of Engineering - Newcastle University
  • Stage 1 stage tutor for Marine Technology
  • Athena Swan Marine Technology Champion at Newcastle University since 2016

  • Reviewer for Elsevier Ocean Engineering journal
  • Reviewer for RINA’s Naval Architect journal
  • Reviewer for OMAE2017
  • Reader for L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women In Science Fellowships – 2017

Previous Positions and Roles

  • Teaching Fellow in the School of Marine Science and Technology – Newcastle University
  • Research Assistant in Marine Structures in the School of Marine Science and Technology – Newcastle University
  • Student Representative in Newcastle University SAGE Faculty Researcher Development Board and Researcher Development Co-ordination Group
  •  SAgE student representative in Newcastle University for PGR Sub-Committee of UTLSEC


  • Associate Member (AMRINA) of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Awards and honours

  • Selected to showcase my research in the House of Commons as part of the SET For Britain 2014
  • Awarded NUIPS scholarship for MSc studies, Newcastle Unibersity, 2008


   English, Persian, French, Italian & Armenian

Other Interests

  • Piano
  • Wushu, Volleyball, Karate and Swimming