School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Maryam Haroutunian

Lecturer in Marine Technology


Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Newcastle University's Sonardyne Robotics and Autonomous Systems Student Laboratory

Academic supervisor of the Engineering Project Society at Newcastle University


Research Interests

  • Predicting the seakeeping of marine vessels in real-time and near future
  • Novel approaches to design optimisation with emphasis on underwater vehicles
  • Bio-inspiration to improve the performance of marine vehicles
  • Hydrodynamics, propulsion and control of underwater robots
  • Use of smart materials in underwater vehicles
  • Marine Coatings

 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

Areas of expertise

  • Ship hydrodynamics
  • Underwater vehicle design
  • Hydrodynamics and control
  • Bioinspiration

Current Teaching

  • Marine Design and professional skills (MAR1016) – Teaching Naval Architecture, Programming and CAD design and Module leader
  • Ship Hydrodynamics (MAR2019) – Seakeeping and Manoeuvring
  • Further Naval Architecture (MAR2017) – Teaching General Arrangement and Resistance and Module Leader
  • High Speed and advanced craft (MAR8038) – SWATH seakeeping
  • Fundamentals of Naval Architectures (MAR8072) - Resistance

Past Teaching 

  • 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


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
  • Reviewer for Elsevier Ocean Engineering journal
  • Reviewer for RINA’s Naval Architect journal
  • Session Organizer for OMAE2018 and Reviewer for OMAE2017
  • Reader for L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women In Science Fellowships – 2017

Previous Positions and Roles

  • Athena Swan Marine Technology champion at Newcastle University
  • 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


  • Charted Engineer (CEng)
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

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

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