Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Ship Research
The 2016 Dr. Kenneth S.M. Davidson Medalist
Professor Torgeir Moan Department of Marine Technology Norwegian University of Science and Technology Professor Torgeir Moan is an internationally renowned expert in the structural mechanics of marine structures, in the development of Finite Element Methods, in the stochastic dynamic analysis and the risk/safety assessment of ships and offshore structures. He has been professor at the Norwegian University of Technology (NTNU) since 1972. He was appointed Director of the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CESOS) of NTNU for the period 2002-2012. CESOS is the most significant and renowned maritime research center of Norway and has attracted and hosted over the years numerous young and senior researchers and students from all over the world. He has guided more than 100 main RTD projects over the last 4½ decades in strong collaboration with the Norwegian and international maritime/offshore industry. He was also involved in a series of international projects funded by the European Commission. As the large majority of the above projects were Joint Industry Projects, the implementation of the outcome of conducted research into the practice of the maritime technology and offshore industry was trivially achieved, namely in the development of rational procedures, rules and regulations, for the design and assessment of ships and offshore structures. The record of activities of Professor Moan in terms of coordinated RTD projects, publications, number of supervised PhD and Master course students is rarely matched, even at highest international level. In short, he is a Grand Master of the international scientific maritime community, with outstanding research contributions to the marine structural design and the risk/safety assessment of maritime assets, who fully deserves the recognition by the 2016 SNAME’s Davidson medal.