Sveinung Løset receives honorary degree from Clarkson University

Sveinung Løset, Professor of Arctic Marine Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, received an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Spring 2022 from Clarkson University on Saturday May 14.

The degree was awarded for “his significant contributions to the study of sea ice, icebergs, and icing, for his advocacy of societal environmental responsibilities in Arctic research, and for his steadfast mentorship of the next generation of researchers in his domain”.

Løset spoke about the importance of science for students. He told a story about the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and how it was his job to get the fastest ice for the speed skating teams. That year, 10 world records were set, but not without a lot of trial and error.

Løset told the students to “be great and accept that you may not always achieve your goals, but you did your best and used your abilities. Be proud of yourself, you have succeeded in character.

Løset, who has worked at NTNU since 1995, is Associate Dean of Research at NTNU’s Faculty of Engineering. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Svalbard University Center and an honorary doctor of St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University.

He served as Director of NTNU’s Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology (SAMCoT), a research-based innovation center, from 2011 to 2019. The center’s vision was to be a leading international center for the development of robust technology needed by industry operating in the Arctic. The consortium included nine research partners, 12 industrial partners and two public partners.

Løset is a pioneer in Arctic marine engineering, which is based on an understanding of the physics and mechanics of ice combined with numerical modeling and physical experiments, both in the field and in the laboratory.

When offshore activities increased in the Arctic, Løset recognized the need for the research field of Arctic Marine Engineering and established it in Norway. When he started his research in the late 1980s, there were no systematic observations and monitoring of the physical environment related to sea ice and icebergs in the Barents Sea.

Løset then served as the principal investigator for several expeditions to the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Doctoral students participated in most of these expeditions, with Løset being the main supervisor of more than 25 of the students and the co-supervisor of 20. Løset also conducted fieldwork in the ice-covered fjords of Spitsbergen with several hundred students of the Svalbard University Center at master’s level.

He was a member and deputy head of the technical panel for ISO WG8, an international standard for arctic offshore structures. Løset has published over 75 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and 190 international conference papers and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has made extensive use of his research results.

Løset is a recipient of the Statoil Research Excellence Award and the POAC (Port and Ocean Engineering Under Arctic Conditions) Founders Lifetime Achievement Award.

He got his doctorate. in Arctic Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.