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Dr Rachel Pawling
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Ship Design
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL Principal Supervisor

I completed the MEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at University College London in 2001 and then joined the UCL DRC as a research student investigating the application of the Design Building Block approach to innovative ship design. Gaining my PhD in 2007, I have continued my research both in the DRC and via a secondment in industry. I am the recipient of the 2008 RINA Samuel Baxter Prize, 2009 RINA WHC Nicholas Prize, and 2012 COMPIT GL Award for papers describing my research.

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Research Summary

My principal research interests lie in two main areas; developments in design methodology; and solutions to engineering problems of interest in the maritime domain. My future research plans build on past activities in these two areas. The methodological research focuses on the development of processes and tools for computer aided ship design in the preliminary stages. This includes the use of simulation in ship design and the development of new user interface concepts for exploratory design processes. Future studies will follow on from my PhD research, particularly in the areas of; computer-aided sketching approaches to preliminary ship design; the application of knowledge-rich computer tools and improving the use of systems engineering approaches in ship design. This methodological research is seen as an area for potential collaboration both with other design domains, such as architecture and a range of engineering disciplines, and also with other research areas such as human computer interaction and virtual reality. This research is also seen to have potential longer term impacts on the teaching of design at university level. The methodological research, specifically in the application of risk and probabilistic based methods to computer aided design continues to be developed through collaborative EC FP7 funded projects. My solution-oriented research interests include; emissions reduction and energy efficiency in ship design; and the application of new and emerging technologies in marine systems. Examples of the latter include; novel hullforms such as multihulls, all-electric weapons systems and unmanned vehicles for a range of naval and civilian tasks. Future research plans are centred around two main problem sets; those of the de-carbonisation and improved energy efficiency of marine systems (including marine renewable energy), and the design, performance and utilisation of unmanned vehicles.

Teaching Summary
I provide lectures to the MSc Naval Architects and Marine Engineers on the subjects of; Practical aspects of machinery design; General arrangements design; Aesthetics in ship design; Emissions reduction.
Academic Background
2004   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2001   Master of Engineering University College London
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