Meet all the TARG members


Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG) – led by Associate Prof. Salman Nazir – at University College of Southeast Norway, Department of Maritime Technology and Innovation (MTDI), constitutes of 1 Master students, 4 PhD researcher, 1 Post Doc. Researcher and 9 professors.


Salman Nazir

Associate Professor at University College of Southeast Norway (HSN), where he works in the Faculty of Technology and Maritime Sciences. He has a Masters and PhD in Engineering (focus System Engineering and Human Factors) from Hanyang University, South Korea and Politecnico di Milano, POLIMI, Italy, respectively. SEE MORE


Kjell Ivar Øvergård

Professor in Maritime Human Factors. He is head of maritime research at the faculty of Technology and Maritime Sciences at University College of Southeast Norway. Prof. Øvergård became full professor in 2011 at the age of 34. SEE MORE

Anne Haugen Gausdal

Anne Haugen Gausdal is a Professor at University College of Southeast Norway (HSN), where she works in the Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences. She has a Bachelor degree in engineering, a Masters and a PhD degree in Business Economics.  SEE MORE.

Marius Imset

Marius Imset

Associate professor in product design at the University College of Southeast Norway, who has a master’s degree in product design engineering. Marius has work experience in R&D and marketing in the Norwegian industry, with maritime instrumentation and interface design, mobile telecom units and subsea equipment. SEE MORE

Steven C. Mallem

Steven Mallam is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at University College of Southeast Norway, Faculty of Technology and Maritime Sciences. Steven received his PhD in Maritime Human Factors from Chalmers University of Technology, with his research focusing on the application of human-centered design and participatory approaches in naval architecture and engineering processes. SEE MORE

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Tine V. Westerberg

Tine Viveka Westerberg is an Assistant Professor of Maritime Management and works as a project manager on several projects at the University College of Southeast Norway. She graduated from Deakin University with a Master of International Relations. SEE MORE


Jørgen Ernstsen

PhD-researcher on training and assessment in complex sociotechnical systems. He is situated at the University College of Southeast Norway, faculty of technology and maritime sciences. He has a Master’s degree in Psychology with specialisation in human factors from the University of Oslo. SEE MORE

Tae-eun Kim

Tae-eun Kim is working towards her PhD in Nautical operations at the University College of Southeast Norway. Tae-eun is a enthusiastic and fast-learning person with a strong interest in the field of maritime safety management and leadership, enjoying collaborating with scientists from different disciplines to develop new skills and solve new challenges. SEE MORE 

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Sathiya Kumar Renganayagalu

Joined TARG from 1st of November as a PhD research fellow. His PhD topic is Virtual and Augmented reality in maritime training and assessment. Sathiya has a master’s degree in product and system design from NTNU, Ålesund. He has been working as a researcher at Institute for energy technology, Halden. SEE MORE

Amit Sharma

Amit is a PhD research fellow with TARG. He has served on-board ships in the capacity of Navigator (2nd mate) and has a total sea experience spanning 7 years. His Bachelor degree is in Nautical Science (With distinction) and he has a Master of Science degree in maritime management with technical specialization (GPA – 4.4/5.0). SEE MORE


Sunniva Veie

2nd year Master student, studying Maritime Management at University College of Southeast Norway (HSN). Sunniva has a bachelor in Petroleum Logistics, and works part time in TARG as a research assistant. Her current work within TARG is concentrated on the InnoTraining project, from which she will also produce her thesis. SEE MORE





Sanda Knutson

Administration head – TARG

Sanda Knutson is working as project manager at VRI (Virkemidler for regional FoU & Innovasjon) Vestfold, situated at the faculty of engineering and maritime studies. She is the admin head for Training and assessment research group.


Management and support

TARG has an affiliated management and a support team. The management is taken care of by Anne Kari Botnmark as department head. The support team comprises a dedicated Sanda Knutson on the administrative part and Svend Nordby on the technical side. Svend is also the TARG webmaster.

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