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Weichao Shi

Reader in Net Zero Maritime Systems

Marine Renewable Energy and Marine Propulsion

Email: weichao.shi@newcastle.ac.uk

Reader in Net Zero Maritime Systems, to support the teaching and R&D activities in the field of marine renewable energy, underwater vehicle and marine propulsion system with specialties in experimental and numerical marine hydrodynamics. Weichao started his higher education journey at Harbin Institute of Technology, studying Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, where he continued his Master degree study in Mechtronics. During his master study, he got inspired to devote himself in tidal energy research and he is blessed to be able join many national research programmes in developing tidal energy systems. In 2013, he moved to Newcastle University and continued his PhD research in the Emersion Cavitation Tunnel. In 2016 he moved to the University of Strathclyde. He then dedicated himself in researching applied biomimetics marine hydrodynamics technologies trying to provide marine industry with inpsiring biomimetic solutions. In 2023, he returned to Newcastle University as a Reader in Net Zero Maritime Systems.
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Mina Tadros

Research Associate

Design and Optimisation of Marine Propulsion Systems

Email: mina.tadros@newcastle.ac.uk

Mina is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with around 15 years of experience in the marine field. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt and a PhD degree from the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
He is a lecturer and researcher at different universities and institutions and is involved in the design process of several small ships.
He enrolled in many EU research projects, focusing on optimization solutions and machine learning applications in marine engines, propulsion systems, ship design and operation towards maritime decarbonization and sustainability.
Mina published multiple articles in international peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conferences. 
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Yang Song

Research Associate

Underwater Glider, Control and Energy Consumption

Email: yang.song@newcastle.ac.uk

Yang Song graduated with MSc from Tianjin University in Mechanical Engineering. Then, Yang started his PhD at Tianjin University since September 2017. He was a visiting researcher funded by China Scholarship Council and the Royal Society to University of Strathclyde. In 2023, he returned to the group as a research associated developing next generation autonomous underwater systems. His research interests covering motion control and energy analysis of underwater vehicle and glider. He designed and improved the buoyancy driven system and energy system of the Petrel underwater glider. Yang Song’s skills include: dynamic modelling and control, buoyancy engine design and development, machine learning, MATLAB, Mathematica.
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Zhizun Xu

Research Associate

Autonomous Marine Vehicle

Email: zhizun.xu@newcastle.ac.uk

Zhizun Xu received the B.Eng. degree from Shanghai Maritime University, in 2014, the M.Eng. degree from Mokpo National Maritime University, South Korea, in 2016, and the Ph.D. degree in marine technologies from Newcastle University, U.K., in 2021. He is a lecturer in Marine College, Guangdong Ocean University, China, and join ABM Hydro group in Newcastle University, U.K., in 2023. His research interests include control systems and visual navigation systems for unmanned underwater vehicles.
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Tapas K. Das

Research Associate

Marine Hydrodynamics

Email: Tapas.Das@newcastle.ac.uk

Tapas is a Mechanical Engineer with a masters and PhD in Ocean Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India. His PhD thesis involved numerical and experimental analysis of an axial turbine for wave energy conversion. He worked as a Research Fellow in the Marine Research Group at Queen’s University Belfast developing a test rig for wave powered desalination system. His research skills include experimental analysis of fluid dynamic systems, marine hydrodynamics and CFD based optimization.
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Yunxin Xu

PhD Researcher, Research Assistant

CFD Analysis and AUV Dynamic Docking Solutions

Email: yunxin.xu@newcastle.ac.uk

Yunxin Xu graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) of the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with an MSc in Ship and Offshore Structures. During the research project in the postgraduate stage, Yunxin developed a strong interest in academic research. After that, Yunxin started his PhD at the University of Strathclyde in 2019, inspired by the remora fish’s “hitchhiking” behaviour. Through analysing the remora fish's swimming strategy in boundary layer using CFD, his study is to develop a novel dynamic recovery strategy for AUVs. Yunxin is skilled in AUV design and development, 3D modelling, structure analysis, CFD and hydrodynamics.
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Zehao Sun

PhD researcher

Bioinspied Low Noise Propulsor

Email: Z.Sun24@newcastle.ac.uk

Zehao Sun graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering of the University of Strathclyde with a BEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Zehao developed a strong academic interest in computational fluid dynamics during his final year research project. Zehao starts his PhD at Newcastle University in 2023. The research is aimed at contributing to the UK's Net Zero initiative by 2030 by developing a novel bioinspired low-noise propulsor. This research combines using CFD software and experimental research. Zehao is skilled in propeller design and optimization, ship structure analysis, ship design and hydrodynamics, marine diesel engine and auxiliary system design and development.
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Moritz Troll

PhD Researcher, Research Assistant

Marine Control Surfaces and Turbulent Mitigation

Email: moritz.troll@strath.ac.uk

Moritz Troll graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) of the University of Strathclyde in 2018 with an MEng in Naval Architecture with High-Performance Marine Vehicles with Distinction. Throughout his fourth- and fifth-year research and design projects, Moritz developed a strong interest in academic research. This motivated him to return to the NAMOE department to commence his PhD in the autumn of 2018 as a joint venture between the university and an industrial client. The PhD explores how tubercle leading-edges can be employed as flow conditioning devices to minimise and alter the turbulent wake from marine control surfaces, such as rudders, fin stabilisers, or submarine hydroplanes. The project combines sophisticated numerical analyses and experimental studies. Specialising in the analysis of lifting surfacers, Moritz is skilled in marine hydrodynamics, CFD and turbulence modelling, 3D modelling and experimental fluid dynamics using towing tanks. He is looking to further develop his experimental fluid dynamics skills through planned work with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and cavitation tunnels.
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Hongbo Hou

PhD Researcher

Thermal Buoyancy Engine and Energy Harvesting

Email: Hongbo.hou@strath.ac.uk

Hongbo Hou graduated with BSc from the Wuhan University of Technology and MSc from the Newcastle University in Naval Architecture with Distinction degrees. Then, Hongbo started his PhD at the University of Strathclyde since March 2019. His study is to develop a self-sustainable underwater glider to improve the overall performance. The concept is inspire by the sperm whales. Hongbo Hou and Dr. Shi have invented a new type of thermal buoyancy engine can be used on an underwater glider and applied for a patent. Based on the new thermal buoyancy engine, Hongbo Hou uses MATLAB to design and optimize a dual-purpose turbine&propeller which can be used as a power generation turbine and a propeller for underwater glider. Hongbo Hou’s skills include : thermal buoyancy engine design and development, wind/tidal turbine design and optimization, CFD, MATLAB
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Callum Stark

PhD researcher & Research Assitant, now with BAE Systems

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Emmie Hutchison

Research Intern, now with Kent PLC

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Bryn Townley

PhD researcher, now PhD in IDCORE

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Kaan Ilter

Research Associate, now research associate in Strathclyde

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Payvand Habibi

PhD student, now PhD in Strathclyde

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