School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Maryam Haroutunian

Lecturer in Marine Technology


Roles and Responsibilities


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

  • Naval Architecture (MAR1012) – Teaching Naval Architecture and Module leader
  • Applications of Engineering (MAR1011) - Teaching MATLAB programming 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

  • IT and Communications (SFY0008)
  • Resistance and Propulsion II (MAR3117) – Singapore campus (Block teaching)
  • 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


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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