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Etienne Gernez




Etienne Gernez is part of the research group Ocean Industries Concept Lab with a PhD in design from AHO titled Human-centred, collaborative, field-driven ship design. Etienne is trained as a numerical modelling engineer and has been working as consultant engineer in an international, maritime consultancy company. Etienne has experience with multi-disciplinary projects related to ship design and ship operations. In parallel Etienne has been involved with research coordination for ocean robotics projects such as “Protei – open source sailing drones” and “OCP – Ocean Collaboration Platform”.

Etienne is a graduate from the University of Bordeaux (France), University of Southampton (UK), and the University Centre of the Westfjords (Iceland) respectively in Numerical modeling, Maritime Engineering Sciences, and Coastal and Marine Resources Management.






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Publications (14)



Urban Ocean seminars

What is happening at the intersection of urban and ocean spaces? The seminars bring together different perspectives, research and educational interests about the sustainable development of the urban-ocean frontier... Read »


OICL field study handbook

Ocean industries involve complex operations, often in safety-critical conditions. Workplaces where such operations are performed are pervaded with technology distributed in many different systems. Designing for such workplaces is a challenge for designers. At the same time, there is a growing number of designers working with projects in the ocean industries... Read »