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«If you want to join the national team in structural analysis and get a job this is the place to be».

PhD candidates Einar Schwenke and Susanne Thomesen introduced the students for a wide range of possibilities at SIMLab and SFI CASA. Former PhD candidates Johan Kolstø Sønstabø (bottom left) and Vincent Vilamosa (bottom right), are now working for respectively Multiconsult and Benteler. (Collage: Sølvi W. Normannsen)

This was one statement of representatives from industrial partners, who recently attended a SIMLab seminar for potential Master’s and PhD candidates. Master’s theses at the Department of Structural Engineering will soon be made public. Students have to make their choice within the end of November. In his introduction professor Magnus Langseth underlined the importance of master’s students in the value-chain from research and testing to transferring and implementation of technology in industry.

Achieve Tools for Different Fields

PhD candidates introduced the students for a wide range of possibilities at SIMLab and SFI CASA. The research group also got a little help from some of their industrial partners,  Equinor, Multiconsult and Benteler.

Mario Polanco, principal researcher at Equinor, has worked as a researcher at SIMLab. He studied impacts of earthquakes when he moved from Mexico to Norway.  When he came here, there obviously were no earthquakes, but Polanco´s point is: as a Master- or a PhD candidate you acquire theoretical and numerical tools applicable in many different engineering fields.

 Helped Equinor Save a lot of  Money

Equinor has thousands of kilometers with pipelines criss-crossing the seabed in Norwegian and more distant waters. Polanco presented case studies where SIMLab methodology is used to solve different engineering problems.

Mario Polanco, principal researcher at Equinor, has worked as a researcher at SIMLab.
Mario Polanco, principal researcher at Equinor, has worked as a researcher at SIMLab. (Photo: SØlvi W. Normannsen)

One was how to introduce the mechanical contribution of the polymeric coating protection in pipelines against trawl board impact.  Another was assessment of mooring line impact on coated steel pipelines.

According to Polanco CASA has helped to solve the challenges and thus helped the company to increase safety and reduce economical costs.

Used 4 Years Studying One Screw

Johan Kolstø Sønstabø was a PhD candidate at SFI CASA. He is now employed by Multiconsult. As he entered the stage, he took the opportunity to rename CASA the «Centre for Challenging, Interesting, Cutting Edge, World Class and Relevant Structural Analysis».

Sønstabø is also the one behind the enthusiastic remark about joining the national team in structural analysis. His doctoral thesis is about behaviour and modelling of flow-drill screw connections.  He joked that the extreme version of it was that he used 4 years studying one, single screw

Anyhow. He assured the students that it was not because of that one screw that Multiconsult hired him. The employment came as a result of all the knowledge he gained along the way.

Cool & Relevant

«Very exciting, many good lecturers and it was very cool with so many and relevant representatives from the industry. They really made it clear for us, how to put our education to use», one of the attending students Eyvind Evensen says.

Company’s introducing themselves for students at NTNU stands in line. The future mechanical engineer thinks that the SIMLab session stood out.

«Many of these presentations are very open and general, and address students from many different studies. This one was specially arranged for us and our subjects. I liked that».

Attractive students. Company’s introducing themselves for students at NTNU stands in line. The future mechanical engineer Eyvind Evensen (right) thinks that the SIMLab session stood out. Håvard Kristiansen in the middle. (Photo: Sølvi W. Normannsen)

Possible to Collaborate with Industry

It will be possible for students to do their Master’s degree in collaboration with some of SFI CASA’s industrial partners, such as Multiconsult and Benteler. The theses could also be linked to running PhD projects. Normally students work in team of 2, and this is highly recommended.

For the time being, Eyvind Evensen has not considered a PhD. He discloses that he is interested in future work in the oil & gas industry.

So, what is most important for him, when he finally choose his Master’s thesis?

«What counts is how much I possibly can learn from the thesis, and how relevant the theme will be for my future career opportunities. Master’s is a good chance to specialize in one small but hopefully relevant field».

The formal start-up for work with the Master’s thesis is 15 January. The date for handing in is 11 June.