Director of Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute (since 2004)
Associate Dean (Scholarship, Research and Knowledge Transfer), Faculty of Engineering and Technology (since 2015)
Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (FIMarEST), 1999 - date (Member from 1995 to 1999).
Fellow of the UK Safety and Reliability Society (FSaRS), 2011 - date (Member from 1997 to 2011).
Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (FRINA), 2005 - date.
Chartered Engineer (CEng), 1996 - date.
Chairman of the Marine Transportation Safety Committee of the European Safety and Reliability Society (since 2010).
Member of Formal Safety Assessment Experts Group at IMO (since 2009).
1994, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, PhD in Maritime Safety Engineering
1989, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, MSc in Marine Engineering
1983, Dalian Maritime University, China, BEng in Marine Automation (Marine Control Engineering)
Dr Ben Matellini is a senior industrial lecturer within the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations. Ben leads several modules within engineering programmes, which focus on risk and safety management, and industrial management. The modules are delivered both in the UK as well as overseas through collaborative partnership programmes. Ben also manages a collaborative partnership with Risktec Solutions, with whom an MSc in Risk and Safety Management is delivered.
Ben’s area of expertise and research interest is in risk and safety management. Ben is interested in the development and application of risk management techniques within industry. He has previously worked on projects within the fire and rescue services, process industries, and Arctic shipping. Ben is director of study for several PhD projects linked to these areas.
Prior to joining the University Ben was a risk and safety consultant at ABS Consulting (UK), working on oil and gas, and marine projects across the world. Ben also spent eight years in Peru working for the Government’s Maritime Institution, where he managed oceanographic projects and conducted research on the El Nino Southern Oscillation phenomenon.
2012, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD “A risk-based fire and rescue management system”
2007, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc (Distinction) in Maritime Operations
1995, Bangor University, United Kingdom, BSc (Honours) in Ocean Sciences
Senior industrial lecturer, Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
Dr. Eduardo Blanco-Davis has started his position as a lecturer and LOOM member since July 2015. Eddie obtained a BSc on Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., in 2004, and sailed shortly as a member of the engine department on different commercial containerships.
After carrying out water and fuel treatment servicing for various industry diesel power generation plants, he performed as a project manager collectively for 4 years at repair shipyards in Panama and Mexico.
He also holds an MSc and a PhD from the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
His research interests include life cycle assessment applied to shipboard operations and machinery, and marine environmental protection and regulation, including emission control, ship ballast water management and alternatives, and environmentally sound marine propulsion systems.
2015, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
2013, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, PgCert in Advanced Academic Studies/Research Development
2011, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, MSc with Distinction, Technical Management of Ship Operations
2004, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States, BSc in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management
Dr. Trung Thanh Nguyen is a Reader in Operational Research and a co-director of the Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute, which is a leading research institute in risk assessment, safety analysis, and transport/logistics.
He is leading a research group on optimisation, simulation and operational research, with focuses on maritime, transport (rail and road), logistics and IoT problems.
He is working on solving various combinatorial problems such as vehicle scheduling, vehicle fleet sizing, vehicle routing, bin packing, berth planning, seat allocation for trains, minimising train delays, crane trajectory optimizing, container stacking, vessel stowage planning, container loading, yard layout design problems. He is also leading research on using data analytics to study transportation systems and improve transportation operations. He also carry out exploratory research on emerging areas of logistics such as the Physical Internet, modular load units, LNG logistics chains, port-centric logistics and automation in logistics. His group is developing online and offline 3D simulations of complex systems to study what-if analyses of different operational scenarios and also to validate the optimal results found by the group's optimization algorithms.
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, PhD
Zaili Yang is Professor of Maritime Transport at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK. Prior to his current appointment, he was Reader in Maritime Transport (2010-2014) and a lecturer in Maritime Operations (2007-2010) at the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations, LJMU. He received his BEng in Maritime Transportation from Dalian Maritime University, China, in 2001, MSc in International Transport from Cardiff University, UK, in 2003, and PhD in Maritime Safety from LJMU, UK, in 2006. Prof. Yang’s research interests are analysis and modelling of safety, resilience and sustainability of transport networks, particularly maritime and logistics systems. Prof. Yang has received more than £4m external grants (£2m as the PI) from the EU, UK EPSRC and UK DTI to support his research. Research funding support has also been received from government collaborators (i.e. UK MoD and Korean research collaborative funds) via PhD research projects. Prof. Yang has successfully completed 5 postdoctoral and 18 PhD projects. He currently has 1 postdoctoral researcher and 14 PhD students under his supervision in the research areas of maritime safety, logistics operation and port optimisation. His research findings have been published in more than 200 refereed papers in risk and supply chain areas, including more than 90 (70 SCI/SSCI-cited) journal and 90 conference papers. Prof. Yang is a member of 9 transport/maritime journals (e.g. Transport Research Part E). He has also served as a member of review boards for national research councils of USA, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, China and Hong Kong. He has received 10 best paper awards including 1 from a publisher (i.e. Emerald Publishing), 2 from journals (e.g. IMechE Journal Part M) and 7 from conferences (e.g. IEEE LISS) and 2 research awards from IAME2012 and ICRITO2010.
2007, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
2003, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, MSc
2001, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China, BEng