Arctic Engineering Education plays a crucial role in capturing, sustaining and growing the technical expertise needed to support the safe, economic development of the vast resource potential of Northern regions. This applies not only to the training of new graduates, but also to the continuing education and ongoing professional development of industry practitioners, as well as the capture and transfer of knowledge arising from past and present industry achievements. In this session, an international panel of experts from across academia, industry and government institutions will discuss needs, challenges and opportunities faced by this sector.
The schedule for this this panel has been organized into three 20 minute segments:
Part I - Current Practice: To set the stage and provide context for current international education practices in Arctic Engineering, invited representatives from the International Academic Community are asked to provide a 2-3 minute highlight of the main features of the Arctic Engineering Education approach employed by their institution. This may include a summary of the technical areas, programs (e.g. undergrad, masters, PhD, Postdoc), and approach (field work, laboratory, theoretical and numerical, co-operative education/internships, international exchanges, etc.) employed. Particular challenges faced (e.g. IP restrictions, logistics, student recruitment) may also be identified.
Part II - Needs and Challenges: To discuss the needs and challenges faced by different segments of this sector, invited representatives from Industry, government institutions and professional societies are asked to provide a 4-5 minute overview of the main needs (e.g. specific skills, knowledge, experience) required by practitioners in their segment, as well as challenges (e.g. knowledge capture, demographics, confidentiality).
Part III - Opportunities: An open discussion, moderated by the session chairs, will be held to discuss strategies that can be employed to foster increased collaboration and alignment across different segments of the sector to address identified challenges and overcome barriers so as to better meet the needs of industry and support realization of future offshore opportunities in Northern regions.
Representatives from International Academic Community (Part I):
- Knut Hoyland, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- Pentti Kujala, Professor of Marine Technology (Safety), Aalto University
- Aleksey Marchenko, Professor, University Centre in Svalbard
- Alexander Sakharov, Professor, Moscow State University
- Erland Schulson, George Austin Colligan Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Chair of Engineering Sciences Department and Director of Ice Research Laboratory, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
- Brian Veitch, Professor and Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research, Memorial University
- Vladimir Zhmur, Professor and Head of Department, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Representatives from Industry, Government Institutions and Professional Societies (Part II):
- Ken Croasdale, President, KRCA Inc.
- Needs and Challenges: Industry Perspective – Arctic Engineering Design
- Bill Maddock (invited), Director Subsea Systems Institute, UH Energy, University of Houston
- Needs and Challenges: Industry Perspective - Arctic Engineering Operations
- Anne Barker, Arctic Program Leader, National Research Council of Canada
- Needs and Challenges: Government Institute Perspective – Arctic Engineering Research and Development
- Peter Noble, President and Principal Advisor, Noble Associates Inc.
- Needs and Challenges: The Role of Professional Societies in Bridging Industry and Academia