WP 3 has received funding from UiA for a new position within robotics and connected to the SFI Offshore Mechatronics project. The position will be advertised during Q1 2017.
The new Steering Board for SFI Offshore Mechatronics is the following:
- Leif Haukom (GCE NODE) Chariman
- Charlotte Skorup (ABB) Member
- Arild Strand (Bosch Rexroth) Member
- Morten Halvorsen (NOV) Member
- Michael Rygaard Hansen (UiA) Member
- Torben Ole Andersen (Aalborg University) Member
- Thomas Meyer (Teknova) Member
- Eivind Gimming Stensland (MacGregor) Deputy Member
- Torgeir Welo (NTNU) Deputy Member
Erna Solberg, The Norwegian Prime Minister, held a speech at Agderkonferansen January 24 in Kristiansand. She talked mainly about the challanges Norwegian Oil and Gas industry is facing, and that R&D must be a tool for the industry to meet these challenges. The SFI Offshore Mechatronics project is handling these issues, and the reseach done in the center will hopefully contribute to this development.
Agder is one of the regions in Norway that suffers the most of declining oil prices and lack of order reserves. This is one of the main reason for the Center to speed up and get results back to the partners as soon as possible.
Shaun Falconer started as a PhD candidate at UiA on 17 October 2016 and holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He completed his thesis on crack propagation in aerospace materials, utilizing extended finite element modelling techniques at the CEIT, University of Navarra, Spain in 2013.
From 2014 to 2016 he worked as an engineer with the Structural Monitoring Division of Fugro GEOS in Glasgow, where he gained knowledge in structural health monitoring of offshore and subsea structures in the oil and gas sector.
He is currently working in the SFI WP5.3 Fiber ropes together with Dr. Espen Oland at Teknova and Prof. Geir Grasmo at UiA.