Bergen University College has hired Senior Researcher Kjell Eivind Frøysa for the position as Professor in Underwater Technology.
Published: 19 May 2015
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Kjell-Eivind Frøysa will take up his position as Professor in Underwater Technology 1 August 2015.
NCE Subsea has collaborated with Bergen University College since our establishment in 2006, and we have been closely involved in developing educational programmes for the subsea industry. The hiring of Kjell Eivind Frøysa will strengthen competence and R&D within underwater technology.
– We are very glad that the professorship is in place, says Owe Hagesæther, CEO of NCE Subsea. It is crucial to secure the education of future graduates and strengthen R&D for the continued growth of the Norwegian subsea industry.
Plans a Master’s Programme
Bergen University College has advertised the professorship in underwater technology for almost a decade. They are currently working on an application for accreditation of a master’s programme for underwater technology, so it has been critical to find the right candidate for the professorship.
Despite the general downsizing in the petroleum sector, underwater technology education remains a high priority for Bergen University College. Statoil’s recent financing of a third Bacelor’s class in Florø and the industry’s funding of a first class in Kristiansund supports this.
Right Man for the Job
Last year Bergen University College chose to look actively for possible candidates for the position, but with a somewhat broader scope than originally planned. This because underwater technology has evolved to become a highly interdisciplinary field, which needs far broader expertise than mechanics and materials technology, as first thought.
The somewhat broader perspective on underwater technology opened up the possibility to recruit Frøysa who has a PhD in acoustics and over 20 years of R&D experience with measuring systems based partly on acoustic transducers. He has had a central role in the development of underwater measurement technology primarily used towards the petroleum industry.
Kjell Eivind Frøysa will take up the position 1 August 2015. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.