Christian Råe Holm, MSc (Naval Architecture)

  HolmBeing born in Denmark, a country with strong maritime traditions, and the son of an officer in the Royal Danish Navy I was almost destined to spend my life working with ships and the sea in some way. After high school, I tried my sea legs: first on the Training Ship “Danmark” and later aboard the Clementine Mærsk as a dual cadet officer. Having sailed around the world, however, I found out that life at sea was not for me and I started my engineering studies at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) instead.

 During my engineering studies, I participated in, and eventually headed, the naval architecture student union at DTU, which brought me into contact with many naval architecture students across the Nordic countries. I still have many of these people in my network, which is a great benefit now that we are all part of the business.

 While studying I also had a lot of contact with the maritime industry: I worked as an assistant surveyor at Lloyd’s Register in my free time; wrote my bachelor’s thesis in connection with Ødegaard & Danneskiold-Samsøe A/S (now LR Consulting); spent six months as an intern at Karstensens Skibsværft; and wrote my master’s thesis in collaboration with FORCE Technology where I started working after graduating.

 I still work at FORCE Technology in the Division for Maritime Industry, which offers a broad range of consultancy and testing services to national and international customers. I am the team leader of our numerical team, which specializes in CFD calculations, hull form optimization, seakeeping calculations and mathematical modeling of ships for our in-house ship simulator.

 My job as a team leader combines day-to-day people management with advanced technical consultancy resulting in a challenging workday that will keep me learning for years to come.