Melanie is a hybrid project manager and research academic with considerable experience managing research contracts and projects across multiple stakeholders in both industry and academia. She manages research projects and consultancy over the whole life cycle: eliciting interest from clients and partners, through tendering and project execution, to delivery; and is responsible for ensuring adherence to budget, schedule and technical requirements, and the coordination of inputs from a multi-disciplinary team.She acts as project team lead on multiple and varied engineering research projects and consultancy – for industry in both the UK and abroad, and for Government (UK- and EU-) funded consortia. She is also responsible for the identification of new business opportunities on behalf of MAST and tN, attracting new funding, and engaging with potential industry customers, funding bodies, partners and other stakeholders as well as preparing and submitting funding proposals.
Originally qualified as a Naval Architect, her subsequent focus has been on the application of this knowledge to roles as both a research project manager, and a specialist in marine environmental technology, including renewable energy, Full Cost (Triple Bottom Line) Accounting, Life Cycle Costing, and (Environmental) Life Cycle Analysis, particularly as applied to Marine Supply Chains, services and products.
She was awarded RINA Ian Telfer Prize in 2007 for best paper on a design related topic by an author under 30 and reviews papers for the Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment and various International Conferences on Marine Design and Sustainability. She has authored more than 24 International Journal and Conference papers on issues related to Engineering, Ship Design, Sustainability and Environmental Accounting.
Melanie is a theme leader for Greener Transport in transportNewcastle (tN). and a member of the Accounting, Governance, Ethics and Sustainability Research Group (AGES) marineNewcastle, MAST Research Committee and Marine Technology Research Group.
Exectutive MBA 2010
MEng Marine Technology with Honours in Small Craft Technology 2002
RINA (CEng & MRINA pending interview)
Marine environmental sustainability, life cycle and cost-benefit analysis. Triple bottom line/Full cost accounting. Design for environmental safety, structural analysis and design. Small and recreational craft design, production and operation. Ship stability. Socio-economic stakeholder led small craft design. Autonomous marine vehicles.
2011 - 2014:EU INTERREG IVB Clean North Sea Shipping
Lead the Policy & Strategy work package (3) of the Clean North Sea Shipping project, and sit on the Management Board. Joint supervision of 1 RA.
2010 - 2013: EC FP7 ULYSSES
In cooperation with SWAN, lead MAST contribution (WP 1&2). Research into the environmental impact and legislative impact of slow speed shipping and associated design and technology changes. Joint supervision of 1 RA.
2010 - 2013: Lead the Shipping Economics and Environmental Accounting work package of the Low Carbon Shipping project, and within that role jointly supervise 3 RAs, as well as coordinating the input from two other Universities (Plymouth and Hull), and Newcastle University Business School.
2013: Led the submission of FP7 OCEANS OF TOMORROW smartWINDsor Project looking at rapid deployment and remote maintenance solutions for European offshore wind farms (€17M total; coordinator).
2012: Joint submission of EPSRC proposal Shipping in Changing Climates (~£4M), 5 Universities plus support from approximately 40 industry partners.
2008 - 2011: FP7 AZIPILOT
Technical coordinator for and contributor to the AZIPILOT FP7 project. Role includes coordinating all partners, meetings, reporting and dissemination, as well as contributing technically through sole responsibility for the production of a new technical journal in the area of ship propulsion and human factors; includes carrying out feasibility studies, researching the potential market, and producing the business plan to bring the journal to market. Also included the organisation of an international conference in Rotterdam.
2008 - 2010: FP7 PROMARC
The PROMARC FP7 project considers the promotion of maritime research as a career; contribution to this project is as sole technical contributor and manager on behalf of Newcastle University.
2006 - 2011: FP6 CREATE3S
Coordination of Newcastle University’s
contribution to the EU FP6 project CREATE3S, and principal researcher on the
project. Position involves technical contribution as well as coordination and
administration of UNEW’s contribution in 2 different fields (2 professors, 1
senior lecturer and 2 researchers), including WP leadership and responsibility
for project Dissemination Strategy, hosting project meetings. Carried out a comparative life
cycle analysis and optimisation of a novel ship design and an existing ship
operating similar cargo on the same route for the CREATE3S project, this work
included the supervision of two MSc students who contributed to the analysis.
2005-2008 FP6 CAREMAR
Coordinated Academic Research and Education in Marine Technology and Related Sciences. Project Manager and Researcher.
2004 – 2007: ECOBOAT - Industry
Researching sustainable design and engineering for application within the Norfolk Broads hire industry which included organisation of industry workshop and end of project seminar; detailed Environmental Life Cycle, Life Cycle Costing and Cost-Benefit Analyses of Technologies identified by the initial project.
2012 - 2013: Advisory to Sustainable Shipping Initiative on the Closed Loop Materials Manufacture workstream
2007: Industrial consultancy carried out for Swire Pacific: Provision of lecture and tutorial material to be presented to Anchor Handling Tug Masters covering the stability characteristics of their particular vessels, delivered in Singapore; includes analysis of the specific characteristics of Swire’s fleet.
2012: Joint organisation of the 2nd International Conference on Low Carbon Shipping 2012 in Newcastle.
2012: Joint organisation of an international seminar on Sustainability in Transport
Research (transportNewcastle Greener theme).
SPG 2010 Economics of Wind and Tidal Turbines
Supervision of MSc, MEng, BEng, and PhD student projects.