Doug Smith

Doug Smith

B.Eng, M.Eng, PhD (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

  • Assistant Professor
Contact Information
Ph: 709-8648470
Office: EN4011
  • Arctic ships and structures
  • Marine hydrodynamics
  • Marine structural design and analysis
  • Offshore and marine safety
  • Safety and Risk
Research Interests
Safety Management, Complex Systems, Human Factors
Personal Profile

I joined Memorial University's Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering as an assistant professor in September, 2019.

I received bachelor's and master's degrees in ocean and naval architectural engineering in 2011 and 2014, respectively, from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The focus of my master's work was in marine hydrodynamics, specifically in the hydrodynamic interactions of two floating bodies at close proximity.

I also received a doctoral degree in ocean and naval architecture from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2019. The focus of my PhD work was on safety management for Arctic shipping. The approach to safety considered human factors, Safety II, and resilience concepts. Operations are seen as so called socio-technical systems, where they are modelled and monitored using the functional resonance analysis method (FRAM) and resilience measurement techniques.

Since joining Memorial in 2019, I have taught a wide variety of naval architecture courses and have been actively supervising graduate students, at both the master's and PhD levels.

My research interests involve improving the methodological frameworks that exist to consider human factors and resilience in organizational safety contexts, as well as using these novel techniques in practice to demonstrate their utility and, hopefully, make impactful contributions to safety in practice. Since my approach to safety focuses, more generally, on modelling socio-technical systems, it is not only limited to application in naval architecture. This has led interdisciplinary collaborations involving functional modelling of healthcare/nursing and community infrastructures.


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