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Maritime Masters virtual event stand

Find out everything you need to know about the research of the nine finalists ahead of the finalist event on Thursday 15 October where you will have the chance to vote on the winner.

14.00 BST | 15 October 2020

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Meet the finalists

Get to know each of the finalists and their projects in more detail ahead of online voting on 15 October.

Huimin Hu

The Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London An analysis of UK nonferrous metal imports and exports

Huimin is currently pursuing an MSc in Shipping Trade and Finance at Cass Business School. Prior to joining the course she obtained 2 bachelor degrees in 2019, one from Dalian Maritime University and the other from Cardiff University.

Rafael Castillo

UCL Addressing the challenges of transferring ship design into production

Rafael is a Chilean Navy active duty officer posted in London to study an MSc in Naval Architecture (2019) and an MSc in Engineering w/ Finance (2020). Rafeal's undergraduate background is as a Naval Engineer, Electrical Option, with a specialization in Submarines.

Ankita Mishra

University of Plymouth Alternative marine fuels and technology

Ankita started her career at sea as a marine deck cadet in 2017 and went on to join Marwave Shipmanagement S.r.l. where she served in the capacity of Third Mate to Chief Mate until Aug 2019. Ankita was the first female in the company to be promoted to the rank of Chief Mate.

Aleandro Mifsud

Queen Mary, University of London The legal implications of unmanned vessel at sea with particular focus on the SOLAS Convention

Aleandro was awarded a Bachelor of Law degree in 2018 after defending his thesis and a Master of Advocacy degree in 2019 by the University of Malta. He was selected to intern at GVZH Advocates, a full-service law firm in Malta, where he worked directly with the Partner heading the shipping and Aviation department.

Andy Wibroe

Newcastle University Titanic – A century of regulatory evolution

Andy has worked in the marine industry for the last decade since leaving his undergraduate studies (Portsmouth) and has experience in a variety of survey and policy roles. Andy currently works in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in International Relations where he represents the UK at the International Maritime Organization.

Markella Pikouni

University of Strathclyde Safety analysis of the navigational systems of autonomous ships

Markella is a 5th year undergraduate student studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. So far she has achieved a pass with distinction in her previous four academic years. During 2019 she completed a summer internship at Hellenic Lloyd's S.A. During where she gained valuable experience and knowledge.

Krishna Sooprayen

Liverpool John Moores University Maritime cargo prioritisation during a prolonged pandemic lockdown using an integrated TOPSIS-Knapsack technique

Krishna is from Rodrigues Island—a small island situated off the south-eastern coast of Africa in the Indian ocean. In 2019, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue a master's degrees at Liverpool John Moores University. Before coming to the UK, Krishna worked as Port Supervisor for the Mauritius Ports Authority in Rodrigues. He also has several years of work experience in the public and private sector.

Ioannis Palasis

Cardiff University Port privatization and container terminal concessions: The case of the port of Piraeus

Ioannis is completing postgraduate studies on the MSc Maritime Policy and Shipping Management at Cardiff University. He is also a graduate of Maritime Studies at the University of Piraeus. Ioannis' aim for the future is to be associated with either the operations, chartering or financing of the commercial fleet of a shipping company. Port policy and port modernization are also concepts that fascinate him and he would like to be a part of their future development.

Andrea Chipolina

University of Southampton Foil performance of a flapping foil on a wave-powered autonomous vehicle

Andrea has been passionate about resistance and propulsion of marine vehicles, and fluid dynamics from the very start of her degree. Prior to her MSc, she graduated from Solent University with a BEng Yacht and Powercraft Design First Honours Degree. During her second-year she completed a two-month internship at Vectis Marine Design, where she worked alongside experienced engineers and naval architects who guided her through common industry practices.

What is Maritime Masters?

Maritime UK’s Maritime Masters programme is strengthening links between UK industry and academia. The programme promotes academic excellence amongst students and their universities, whilst providing valuable research to support the maritime sector’s work.

Read more about the Maritime Masters programme here.

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