Dr Kate Pike, Principal Investigator
Kate is an associate professor and senior research fellow within Solent University's Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering.
Kate is an experienced maritime researcher focusing on the human side of shipping, particularly seafarers' welfare, management and leadership, gender issues, sustainability, and safety culture. She recently led the Gender Empowerment and Multicultural Crews (GEM) Project with teams in the UK, China and Nigeria. The project was short-listed for the Times Higher Award - Research Project of the Year.
Kate's research is predominantly industry linked and fundamentally aligns itself with the unique expertise niche at Solent, where seafarers' welfare and safety are vital to the success of the cadets trained at Warsash Maritime Academy. Kate is currently leading the Effective Crew Project, which looks at the benefits of different manning strategies.
Chris Patterson, Technical Leader
Chris joined Warsash Maritime Academy in 2006 as a senior lecturer (naval architecture) in the merchant vessel engineering section. In 2008 he took on course leader responsibility for the BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management top-up degree for engineer officer cadets. During his time at Warsash, Chris has been the University's teaching and learning fellow, first for Warsash and then for the wider technology faculty (2010-13). Chris became responsible for the engineering section in 2016, a role which includes management of the engine room simulator, HV training facility, and the engineering workshops.
Chris's background is as a qualified physicist and engineer with a particular interest in naval architecture and hydrodynamics. He has industrial experience as technical director for an advanced composite manufacturer specialising in resin infusion solutions for the superyacht industry. As a software developer with over 30 years' experience, he has also worked in the IT sector in software solutions, web development, and as a corporate trainer. In addition, he has wide experience of supporting the maritime commercial sector in identifying and meeting training needs.
Chris's research interests include advances in marine computational fluid dynamics (CFD), turbulent flow fragmentation, and marine simulation. Chris is also the hydrodynamic modeller for the Academy's ship bridge simulators.
Jonathan Ridley, Technical Coordinator
After qualifying with a degree in BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design, Jonathan worked for the Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA) and later QinetiQ at Haslar. In this role he worked with both experimental and computational fluid hydrodynamics ranging from CFD application, validation and consultancy, to scale model and towing tank testing. He did this on a wide range of vessels from IACC 72 yachts to submarines and large civil and military vessels.
Following this Jonathan joined Warsash Maritime Academy, teaching naval architecture and ship stability on both the navigation and engineering programmes to cadets and senior officers in the Merchant Navy. In this role Jonathan also provided consultancy services covering education, training and assessment for the industry. During this time Jonathan became principal lecturer (operations), with responsibility for management of the cadets and student support. He was also responsible for academic liaison with sponsoring organisations and shipping companies. In 2014, Jonathan co-authored 'Reeds Volume 13 Ship Stability, Powering and Resistance', part of the renowned Reeds Marine Engineering and Technology Series.
Gabriel Dzangare, Research Coordinator
Gabriel was recently awarded BA (Hons) International Business Management by Solent University. He is currently a graduate intern, and research coordinator for the SOLACE project. His responsibilities in the project include, but are not limited to, reviewing literature on autonomous technology and assisting with day-to-day project management activities.
Before studying at Solent University, Gabriel gained a Level 3 Advanced Engineering Diploma at Milton Keynes College.
Sarah-Jayne Wareham, Public Relations Leader
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