Science, Art and Technology Seminars Continue With Marine Them
Apr 08, 2015

Prof. Odd Magnus Faltinsen of Norwegian University of Science and Technology was İTÜ’s guest on Monday, 30 March. Prof. Faltinsen gave a seminar titled "Challenges in Marine Technology Related to Food, Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure". A large number of faculty members and students attended the seminar organized by the Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering as part of Science, Art and Technology Seminars series of our university.

Prof. Faltinsen noted in his speech the opportunities world seas provide for food, energy and transportation and the difficulties that have to be overcome. Faltinsen said that the increasing world population needs more food everyday but people cannot make enough use of sea products and said:

“There is a great potential for obtaining more food from the seas. The total biological production in terms of calories is divided equally between the land and the sea. However, only 2 percent of the food produced for human consumption is sea-originated. 80 percent of world seas is deeper than 3,000 meters. So, making use of seas for various purposes necessitates overcoming great difficulties.”

Dr. Faltinsen noted that use of renewable energy sources such as sea waves, wind and current is very important and that this is both today’s and tomorrow’s agenda.

About Prof. Dr. Odd Magnus Faltinsen

Odd Faltinsen graduated from the University of Bergen in 1968 and received his PhD degree from the University of Michigan in 1971 in the field of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Faltinsen is conducting work in the Department of Marine Hydrodynamics in Norwegian University of Science and Technology on sea loads on all kinds of marine structures, as well as hydroelasticity. Prof. Faltinsen’s book “Sea loads of Ships and Offshore Structures” used as a reference across the world has been translated into Korean and Chinese; his book “Hydrodynamics of High-Speed Marine Vehicles” has been translated into Chinese.