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Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science

The Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science is a leading academic department for education and research within Offshore Technology as well as land-based industry. The department is focusing on mechanical and civil disciplines, inclusive the petroleum and renewable energy sectors.

The students will be qualified to take over challenging careers in industry in a broad capacity, inclusive of design and robust engineering of complex systems, developing and implementing new technology, methods and principles for optimization of engineering systems, etc.

The department has about 50 faculty and staff members. The current enrolment is about 20 PhD degree students, 90 master degree students and 250 bachelor degree students.

The main areas of the department’s expertise are:

  • Civil and Structural engineering
  • Mechanical design, production and simulation
  • Marine and Subsea technology
  • Industrial Asset Management
  • Energy and Gas technology
  • Materials science


To support leading educational and research activities, the Department has developed its lab facilities and other resources inclusive of:

  • Mechanical workshop
  • Welding laboratory
  • Concrete and cement laboratory
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
  • Corrosion laboratory
  • Metrology and mechanical testing laboratory
  • Gas and energy laboratory
  • CAD and FEM Computer laboratory
  • Soil mechanics
  • Surveying laboratory
  • Rapid prototyping (3D printing) laboratory

The department has a very close cooperation with the industry to support its educational and research activities. The Centre for Industrial asset management (CIAM), based in the department, is an important key to establishing such cooperation.

One of the most up-and-coming is the Risavika Gas Centre, a research and development centre for environmental and gas technology, located in the Stavanger region.

In addition to the local expertise and competencies available, the Department actively collaborate with some of the leading educational and research organizations around the world.