The 2020 CEMT Award is presented to Professor R P Fernandez
"in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of damage ship stability, through his research and publications."
Rodrigo Perez Fernandez completed his PhD in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. His PhD and subsequent research focussed the damage ship stability, on which he has published many papers and books and presented at international conferences.
In his research he has proposed several comparative analyses of the different criteria of stability after damage. He has applied this work to the design several vessels, defining the criteria to use in terms of damages for each type of vessel, for example a landing ship faces more risk having grounding or raking on its bottom. His work has supported the naval engineer in deciding which of the existing criteria better fits the requirements of the ships, as a function of a few principles. In particular, he has studied the differences between the probabilistic and the deterministic methods for the damage ship stability, where he has determined. many areas where naval vessels could improve safety.
He currently holds the position of Head of Naval Shipbuilding Area at SENER, in which role he has partnered several international shipyards. Combining his activity in the private sector, he is a Professor in the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has received a number of international awards, recognising the importance of his work. He is member of the Colegio de Ingenieros Navales de España (COIN), of the Asociación de Ingenieros Navales y Oceánicos de España (AINE), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng) and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Engineer (FRINA).