School of Marine Science and Technology

Staff Profile

Dr Alan J Murphy

Associate Dean (Science & Engineering)



Roles and Responsibilities

School Executive Board Member

Theme Leader for Research Group marineNewcastle

Leader of the Sustainable Shipping and Marine Engineering Research Group (SSMERG)

Chair of Board of Studies

Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Member of Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee

Chair and Member of Student Disciplinary Committee

Admissions Selector


Chartered Engineer (CEng), Engineering Council, UK

Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng), Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST)

2005 PhD, University of Southampton

2000 BEng Marine Technology, with honours in Naval Architecture, Class I, Newcastle University

1995 Higher National Diploma Marine Technology (Engineering)

1993 National Diploma Marine Technology (Engineering)

Previous Positions

Research Fellow, Ship Science, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton
Dual Merchant Navy Officer (Engine Room and Deck)


Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (FIMarEST)

Member Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

SETNET Science and Engineering Ambassador

Honours and Awards

The Stanley Grey Fellowship (IMarEST)

The Froude Scholarship for Hydrodynamics (RINA)



Research Interests

Mechanical and thermal marine engineering systems, including those applied to ship stabilisation and autonomous under water vehicles.

Abnormal or rogue waves and their effects on marine structures including experimental methods for the generation of freak waves in model test tanks.

Drag reduction and resistance testing of material properties.

Other Expertise

Merchant Navy Marine Engineer

Current Work

Investigation into the effects of rogue and freak waves on marine structures, (DSTL funded).

Future Research

EPSRC proposal in preparation for: Nature in Engineering for Moitoring the Oceans - using marine bioinspiration for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems.

Research Roles

Previous position:
Freak Wave work package leader in the Lloyd's Register University Technology Centre in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Esteem Indicators

The Stanley Grey Fellowship (Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, IMarEST)
The Froude Scholarship for Hydrodynamics (The Royal Institute of Naval Architects, RINA)

Industrial Relevance

Project designing a test facility and testing drag reduction materials for DSTL/QinetiQ.

Review of air-independent propulsion for AUVs as part of a MoD and Subsea7 project at the National Oceanography Centre.

Ride control systems for fast craft for FBM Babcocks (marine), Engineering Doctorate Programme.

RIB hydrodynamics for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Engineering Doctorate Programme.


Undergraduate Teaching

Current Teaching:
Marine Engineering Science I (MAR1006) Module Leader
Marine Engineering Science II (MAR2003) Module Leader

Previous Teaching Duties:
Marine Engineering
Ship Resistance and Propulsion
Marine Design
Ship Science Induction Programme
Royal Academy of Engineering, Headstart, Engineering Summer School

Project supervision:
The project "The effects of abnormal waves in tidal races on yachts and small craft" (Sally Denchfield) - Awarded the Lloyd's Register, best marine technology student, jugded by the IMarEST, at the 2006 Science, Engineering and Technology awards.
Other project topics include:
Gyroscopic stabilisation for ships and fast craft
Rogue and freak wave modelling and their effects on marine structures
Wind assisted propulsion for large commercial ships

Postgraduate Teaching

Previous Teaching Duties:
Marine plant condition monitoring

Project Supervision:
EngD Ride control systems for fast craft and RIB Hydrodynamics
PhD Control systems for AUV intervention operations