Maritime Studies (Ph.D) & Master of Science in Maritime Studies

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To find a supervisor for Maritime Studies (Ph.D) or Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element) please see one of the researcher bios below.

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Dr. Rob Brown

Research Areas: Maritime and Offshore Rescue and Evacuation, Sea Survival, Human Factors & Lifesaving Appliance Design, Oil Spill Response, Fire Safety Engineering, Probabilistic Modelling

Dr. Rob Brown is a research scientist whose primary focus surrounds human factors and equipment performance in maritime and offshore emergency situations – particularly through the processes of evacuation, survival and rescue. His research is conducted both in laboratory environments and at full scale during field trials. Results collected are disseminated through peer-reviewed publications, academic conferences, media interviews and workshops. Dr. Brown is regularly engaged with development of regulations at the International Maritime Organization and is involved with standards development through the Canadian Standards Association and the International Standards Organization. Dr. Brown's full bio.

Dr. Steven C. Mallam

Dr. Steven Mallam

Dr. Steven Mallam is a researcher and educator specializing in Human Factors focusing on human and organizational performance in the maritime domain. His primary research interests involve the analysis and optimization of people and their work processes within complex socio-technical systems with focus on simulation-based training and assessment, safety, digitization, autonomous shipping and Human-Centered Design. Steven is an Instructor (Research) at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as serving as Adjunct-Associate Professor at the Department of Maritime Operations at the University of South-Eastern Norway and Visiting Researcher at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He obtained his PhD in Human Factors from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and a Master of Science specializing in work safety and ergonomics from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada). Steven has Human Factors and project management experience across differing interdisciplinary projects and academic-industry collaborations within a variety of domains, including maritime transport, commercial fishing, naval and coast guard, energy sectors (offshore oil and gas, mining, renewables) and aviation.

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Dr. Elizabeth Sanli

Research Areas: Learning, performance, training, cognitive ergonomics, human factors, attention, motivation, perception

Dr. Sanli holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from McMaster University (2013) as well as a M.Sc. in Applied Health Science, Kinesiology (2009) and a B.Kin. (2007) from Brock University. Her postdoctoral work (2015-2017) was completed at the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre, examining skill performance, learning, and relearning. Dr. Sanli's full bio.

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Dr. Jennifer Smith

Research Areas: Human Factors, Pedagogy, Offshore and Marine Safety and Survival, Simulation-Based Training and Technology, Skill Acquisition and Retention, Human Performance Assessment, Maritime Education and Training, Decision Support Technologies.

Jennifer Smith has a Ph.D. and M.Eng. in Ocean & Naval Architectural Engineering from Memorial University (2020 and 2015), a B.Eng. in Biological Engineering from Dalhousie University (2008), and a B.ASc. from Acadia University (2005). Dr. Smith has 12 years of experience conducting marine simulation and human factors research within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. She has an in-depth knowledge of research ethics involving human subjects; expertise in pedagogical theory and data mining methods; and extensive experience conducting experiments with prototype simulator technology (such as virtual egress training, simulator-based lifeboat training, and pack ice management operations with a bridge simulator). Dr. Smith is also interested in creating start-up company opportunities. Dr. Smith's full bio.