About Dr. Neil Bose, Vice-President (Research)


Dr. Neil Bose was appointed Memorial's Vice-President (Research) on Aug. 9, 2017, and assumed his role on Nov. 1, 2017. In July 2022, he was reappointed to the role.

On Sept. 1, 2022, Dr. Bose became Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

Prior to his Vice-President (Research) appointment, Dr. Bose served as principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), the national institute for maritime education, training, research and consultancy at the University of Tasmania. Dr. Bose was also a professor of maritime hydrodynamics at the AMC. From 2009 to 2011, he was director of the AMC’s National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. He joined the college in May 2007 as the manager of the Australian Maritime Hydrodynamics Research Centre.

Before his move to Tasmania, Dr. Bose was a long-standing and respected member of Memorial University’s research community. He came to Memorial in May 1987 as an assistant professor in the naval architectural engineering program. In his time at Memorial, Dr. Bose served as director of the Ocean Engineering Research Centre, chair of the ocean and naval architectural engineering program and, in 2003, was named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

He received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research in 1992.

An internationally-respected researcher, Dr. Bose received an honorary degree from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, the oldest technical educational institution in Bulgaria, on Oct. 8, 2017.

In June 2018, Dr. Bose was appointed to a three-year term as a council member with the National Research Council of Canada.

A member of the executive council of the Ocean Frontier Institute, Dr. Bose also chairs the board of directors of ACENET and serves on the boards of directors of C-CORE and the Genesis Group. He is also a member of the City of St. John's Economic Roadmap Steering Committee.

Dr. Bose obtained his B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1978 and his PhD, also from Glasgow, in 1982.

As a researcher, Dr. Bose's interests include marine propulsion, autonomous underwater vehicles, ocean environmental monitoring, ocean renewable energy, ice/propeller interaction and aspects of offshore design.

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Specific priorities for the Vice-President (Research) include:

  • supporting research across all academic disciplines ranging from fundamental to applied research;
  • building partnerships and identifying collaborative opportunities with other universities, research organizations and industry in Canada and elsewhere;
  • working within the university's strategic direction to develop and maintain top quality research infrastructure, space, equipment, etc to assist in attracting and retaining the brightest researchers from the national and international markets;
  • attracting more research funds to Memorial University and other research organizations in the province;
  • overseeing the implementation of Memorial University's Strategic Research Intensity Plan and Research Strategy Framework documents;
  • enhancing the dissemination, application and commercialization of research results generated at Memorial;
  • championing Memorial’s Innovation Initiative and strengthening the university’s entrepreneurship activities and incubator support;
  • identifying and celebrating research success and excellence;
  • building Memorial’s international reputation for critical research, innovation and knowledge creation; and
  • increasing levels of Indigenous research, establishing methods to ensure there is appropriate consultation and engagement with Indigenous communities and government leaders prior to and during the initial stages of research proposals on both community-identified and researcher-led initiatives.