Brian Veitch

B.Eng., M.Eng. (Memorial), PhD (Helsinki), P.Eng.

  • Professor
  • Cenovus Energy Research Chair
Contact Information

Ph: 709-864-8970
Em: bveitch[at]
Office: EN2110C

Personal Profile

I'm a graduate of Memorial University's undergraduate co-op engineering program (1988) and also did a Master of Engineering degree at MUN (1990). Following that, I did further graduate studies at Helsinki University of Technology where I got a Doctor of Science in Technology degree (1995). I returned to Canada in 1996 to work at NRC's Institute for Marine Dynamics where I stayed for two years until I joined Memorial.

I joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in 1998 as the Terra Nova Project Junior Research Chair in Ocean Environmental Risk Engineering. I teach in the Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering (ONAE) Department. I’ve served as the Chair of the ONAE program, the Director of the Ocean Engineering Research Centre, and Associate Dean Research. I currently hold the Cenovus Energy Research Chair, which is focused on safety at sea.

My research concerns the safety of people who work at sea and the protection of the marine environment. Most of my work is done in team settings that involve students and researchers from universities, research institutions, industry and government. The team setting fosters innovation and provides an exciting, supportive learning environment.

  • Cenovus Energy Research Chair (2024-present).
  • Stanford University’s World’s Top 2% Scientists List.
  • Chalmers University Jubilee Professor (2023).
  • William H. Webb Medal (SNAME) for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education and postgraduate training in naval architecture (2020).
  • President’s Award (Memorial University) for outstanding graduate and post-graduate supervision (2017).
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineers.
  • Fellow, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
  • Dean’s Award (Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science) for excellence in graduate student supervision (2016).
  • Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research (2013 to 2023).
  • Transport Canada’s Marine Safety Award, 2011.
  • Employer’s Award for Exemplary Learning Opportunity, 2010.
  • Canadian Forces Liaison Council – Civilian Employer Recognition, 2009.
  • President’s Award (Memorial University) for Outstanding Research, 2004.
  • Dean’s Award (Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science) for exemplary service for faculty, 2003.
  • Petro Canada/Terra Nova Project Junior Research Chair in Ocean Environmental Risk Engineering (1998 to 2008).