Our Researchers

Dr. Jennifer Smith
Instructor (Research)
(709) 778-0375
Research Areas:
Human Factors, Pedagogy, Offshore and Marine Safety and Survival, Simulation-Based Training and Technology, Skill Acquisition and Retention, Human Performance Assessment, Maritime Education and Training, Decision Support Technologies.

Jennifer Smith has a Ph.D. and M.Eng. in Ocean & Naval Architectural Engineering from Memorial University (2020 and 2015), a B.Eng. in Biological Engineering from Dalhousie University (2008), and a B.ASc. from Acadia University (2005). Dr. Smith has 12 years of experience conducting marine simulation and human factors research within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. She has an in-depth knowledge of research ethics involving human subjects; expertise in pedagogical theory and data mining methods; and extensive experience conducting experiments with prototype simulator technology (such as virtual egress training, simulator-based lifeboat training, and pack ice management operations with a bridge simulator). Dr. Smith is also interested in creating start-up company opportunities.

An Instructor (Research) in the School of Maritime Studies, Dr. Smith’s current research focus is on: i) applying pedagogical theories to enhance simulation-based training and technology; ii) using simulators to investigate human factors issues in marine and offshore workplaces; iii) employing data-driven diagnostic and predictive tools to assess maritime education and training curriculum, iv) using human centered approaches to developing decision support technologies; and v) examining the influence of automated systems on seafarer training and skill retention.

Dr. Smith started with the School of Maritime Studies in January 2021. She will be supervising MSc and PhD students in the Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element) program. To inquire about research opportunities, please contact Dr. Smith directly.


MARI 6003: Human Factors in Safety and Survival

Significant Publications:

For a list of publications please visit: tinyurl.com/jenniferjesmithpubs