Career profiles of young engineers

I am a structural engineer with solid background in strength FEM calculations, working currently in Deltamarin Poland, part of Deltamarin Ltd. - a ship design, offshore engineering and construction group operating in the marine and offshore industries worldwide.

 

My adventure with engineering began in 1999 at Gdynia Maritime University when I started a higher education course in the field of transport, specializing in Port and Fleet Exploitation. My bachelor thesis covered many aspects of container handling systems in major European ports. Frankly speaking, I was so fascinated with maritime technology that I decided to go further on and develop my knowledge in this area, in designing ships.

I graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture in the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2011. After the graduation I started working for Elomatic d.o.o., the company with long and strong history in shipbuilding industry. After more than a year in Elomatic, I have started PhD studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.During my MSc studies, I have become especially interested in ship efficiency. Therefore, I decided to choose the topic related to the energy efficiency of ships as my MSc thesis. Namely, I applied and analyzed few energy efficiency indexes (EEDI, EEOI and some indexes from shipping KPI standard) on the project of a feeder ship.

In 2012 I graduated from University of Belgrade by MSc Naval Architecture and BSc Mechanical Engineering (with Naval Architecture as a major) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade in 2012.  During the last year of my studies, I had an opportunity to go abroad and participate in the student exchange programme sponsored by European Commissions Erasmus Mundus Programme. 
As until the start of the Programme I have already finished the most of my exams I decided to extend my knowledge by taking MSc Project Management, Finance and Risk course at City University London.

Being 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.

 After completing a highly specializing five years course at University of Genoa (Italy), I graduated with a MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in March 2012.

As final thesis of the MSc, I developed a feasibility study of a new LNG bunkering barge which was sponsored by Rolls Royce and Argos Oil and it had been granted for the ABS Scholarship 2011.

The choice of studying such niche subjects was already clear to me since the high school; I was absolutely fascinated and amazed by the “steel giants” which I could see at the quays of Palermo, my hometown; therefore I left Palermo for attending the University in Genoa and I do not regret this choice at all.

I graduated in 2009 from the Ecole Centrale Marseille, France, with an MSc degree in Naval Engineering. My graduate education included a final year spent in the Ecole Centrale Nantes to develop my skills in naval architecture and hydrodynamics.

My first professional experience was as deputy Planning Engineer in DCNS shipyard in  Brest,  France,where I had the opportunity to experience the specificities and constraints of field works. During two months, I was in charge of the follow-up of specific tasks related to the heavy maintenance of the training ship of the French Navy.

After graduating in 2007 from the EPF-Ecole d’Ingénieurs in Sceaux (France) with an engineering degree in mechanics of material and structures, I went to work for the classification society Bureau Veritas, based in their head office in Paris (France).

 During my last year in high school, I was sure about studying Marine Engineering. I thought ships were one of the most important engineering projects I could be involved in. 

I started my studies in 2000 at the Naval Architects and Marine Engineers School at the Technical University of Cartagena. In 2005 I continued my studies beginning the PhD Course in Industrial Technologies. My doctoral thesis is about “Modeling Internal Combustion Processes in Diesel Engines”

 In Cartagena, one of the most important ports in Spain and the Mediterranean, I was born and raised in a family closely connected with the sea. My interests have been strongly influenced by continued contact with the sea, its people, resources and all the boats sailing it.  This concern for Naval and Oceanic Engineering took me to enter the School of Naval Engineers, ETSIN, of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

 During my last year in high school, I was sure about studying Marine Engineering. I thought ships were one of the most important engineering projects I could be involved in. I started my studies in 2000 at the Naval Architects and Marine Engineers School at the Technical University of Cartagena. In 2005 I continued my studies beginning the PhD Course in Industrial Technologies. My doctoral thesis is about “Modeling Internal Combustion Processes in Diesel Engines”.

 In Cartagena, one of the most important ports in Spain and the Mediterranean, I was born and raised in a family closely connected with the sea. My interests have been strongly influenced by continued contact with the sea, its people, resources and all the boats sailing it. This concern for Naval and Oceanic Engineering took me to enter the School of Naval Engineers, ETSIN, of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

I studied a six years degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) where a had the opportunity to spend some time in the University of Strathclyde (UK) within the ERASMUS student exchange program.

I was born in Belgrade, a city placed on the Danube River, one of the major European inland waterways. From my early days I was "messing about in boats". It didn’t take too long before I made a final decision for my future profession. My interest was in high speed craft so I made and tested plenty of radio controlled speed boats.

At the age of 15, I wasn’t keen to go to University; instead wanting to follow in my father’s footsteps with an entrepreneurial venture. However, changing school for A-levels widened my understanding of the doors a University degree would potentially open. Studying Alevel Maths, Physics, and Design Technology, typically laid a strong foundation for an Engineering degree choice.

I graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture in the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2003. Immediately after the graduation I have enrolled postgraduate studies and got the opportunity to work as a teaching and research assistant in the same Department I graduated from.

I was graduated in 1995 from the  Ecole Centrale de Nantes with an engineering degree, specialized in shipbuilding engineering.

After graduating in 1977 from the University of Southampton with a degree in Ship Science, I went to work for the classification society Lloyd’s Register, based in their head office in London. 

I grew up in Hamburg where the harbour plays an important role for the city. During the last years at school I went to an open day
at the university in Hamburg to get to know more about the study possibilities in mathematics and shipbuilding.

Coming from a landlocked country, I was often asked why I decided to study naval architecture. I never managed to come up with a really good answer, but I can say that it was one of the decisions I never regretted.

I am a graduate of the Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology, where I was
granted an engineer diploma of the specialization Ship and Ocean Engineering Object Power Plants. After finishing the studies I started the work in the Design Division of Centrum Techniki Okrętowej S.A. in Gdańsk where I worked as a designer.  

Neil Hodges is the weight engineering manager for the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA).  Neil has been employed by BMT Defence
Services for almost eight years, and has been seconded to his current position. Neil is based in Bristol, UK, although he also visits shipyards further afield.

Already during high school I decided to study naval architecture. I liked the idea of a multi-disciplined education and the diversity of job
descriptions. So I started my studies in 1996 at the Technical University of Hamburg and focused soon on the strength and construction of ships. Consequently my diploma thesis was a strength analysis of an unconventional containership without a hatch coaming.

Already during high school I decided to study naval architecture. I liked the idea of a multi-disciplined education and the diversity of job
descriptions. So I started my studies in 1996 at the Technical University of Hamburg and focused soon on the strength and construction of ships. Consequently my diploma thesis was a strength analysis of an unconventional containership without a hatch coaming.

I graduated in 1998 from the Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Management and Economy, where I gained an engineering diploma in the Organisation of Production Systems. Since then, I have developed my knowledge in this area by taking  part in a number of training and seminars orientated on corporate organisation methods and human resources management.  In 2005, I completed post graduate studies in human resources management.

I gained a BSc (Naval Architecture) and a MSc (Mechanical Engineering) from the Technical University of Denmark.  My career as a working engineer started at university, where an internship led to a job as student assistant in the Royal Danish Navy. I was involved at the early design phase of a number of new vessels where I assisted with various drawings and calculations in the early design phases. I  had the opportunity to work with highly experienced people and get a flavour of the complex process of designing ships.   

Francis Udom  is a project engineer and works for the floating production, storage  and offloading systems (FPSO) Group,
Integrity Services Department of Lloyds  Register EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Originally from Nigeria, he is now based in Aberdeen, occasionally spending time away on oil platforms.