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Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime Engineers in the 21st Century by Professor Ajit Shenoi - 29 November

Published: 29 October 2013
Ajit Shenoi

World-leading ship design expert Professor Ajit Shenoi will deliver a public lecture entitled ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime Engineers in the 21st Century’ at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus on Friday, 29 November at 5.00pm.

Professor Shenoi is the Lloyd’s Register / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor in Lightweight Structures at the University of Southampton and Director of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute.

His expertise in ship design and the mechanics of composite materials and structures is internationally renowned, with research that has informed and underpinned the design, manufacture and operation of diverse boat, ship and submarine structures.

During his lecture, Professor Shenoi will consider the twin global challenges facing human-kind today – climate change and providing for the well-being of an ever-growing world population. He will trace the requirements for solutions through the prisms of climate change and global trade, identifying key maritime engineering challenges that the emerging generations of young people will need to address.

The lecture will also highlight pivotal research being carried out at the University of Southampton, which plays a key role in promoting knowledge and finding solutions pertinent to living in the 21st century.

“Some of the key roots to addressing these issues lie in the maritime domain and its oceans,” Professor Shenoi emphasizes. “Fundamental changes will need to be made to the ways in which we live and trade and finding solutions that underpin these changes will require active inputs from both scientists and engineers which is very much the approach of the work and culture we’ve established at the University of Southampton.”

A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Professor Shenoi graduated with a first class honours degree in naval architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Following successive work in the Mazagon Docks, Bombay and Arya National Shipping Lines, Tehran, he obtained his doctorate from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has since served at the University of Southampton as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, and Professor.

Throughout his career, Professor Shenoi has published 15 books and over 300 articles in archival journals and proceedings of international conferences. He has also supervised and graduated 40 PhD/EngD and 5 MPhil candidates to date.

Amongst his numerous awards, Professor Shenoi has received:

  • the David Cargill Prize by the Institute of Petroleum (Scotland) in 1981;
  • the Bronze Medal by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in 1998;
  • Scholar in Residence in Ship Technology at Cochin University of Science and Technology under India’s Kerala State Government’s Erudite Scheme (2011);
  • the Michael Fam Visiting Professor in Naval Architecture at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2012-13).

Admission to Professor Shenoi’s public lecture ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime Engineers in the 21st Century’ is free but pre-registration is recommended. The lecture starts at 5.00pm on Friday, 29 November at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, at the EduCity@Iskandar, Johor. On-the-day registration and refreshments will take place from 4.30 pm.


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