Research prize awarded

November 24, 1998, 00:00 CET

The eighth Statoil research prize for 1998 has gone to Dr Torgeir Moan at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

A professor at the institute for marine structures in the marine technology faculty at the Trondheim-based university, he has been honoured for his versatile activities in this field.

With almost 200 scientific publications to his credit, Prof Moan has also been a driving force in developing engineering studies relating to offshore technology in Norway.

An educational programme in hydrodynamics and construction technology was introduced by the Norwegian Institute of Technology - the NTNU's precursor - in the 1970s.

This bore comparison with the best in the world, the Statoil prize jury notes in its citation. It has allowed several hundred graduates to move immediately into offshore-related jobs.

"It would be hard to exaggerate how significant the quick and effective establishment of this programme has been for Norwegian industry," the citation adds.

Worth NOK 150,000, the annual prize is presented to Norwegian researchers who have achieved substantial results in disciplines which Statoil regards as important for its operations.

Prof Moan received the award today at the Vista seminar organised every year by the Norwegian Academy of Science.