Our researchers and PhD candidates at UiS

CIAM is proud to have within its network some of the leading and most dedicated researchers in their fields with vast reservoirs of knowledge and experience gathered over the decades from the academic and industrial world.

  • Professor Jayantha P. Liyanage

    Professor Jayantha P. Liyanage

    Jayantha P. Liyanage is a Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger. Mr. Liyanage is also the chair at the Collaborative Competence Cluster on Industrial Asset Management.

    Professor Liyanage has backgrounds in production engineering, ergonomics and offshore technology. He serves in the Board of Directors of Society of Petroleum Engineers (Stavanger Chapter), as the Co-coordinator of the European Network for Strategic Engineering Asset Management (EURENSEAM), and is a Founding Fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM). He is actively involved in joint industry projects both at advisory and managerial capacities, and also currently serves as the principal and external advisor for a number of PhD projects.

  • Professor Preben H. Lindøe

    Preben H. Lindøe, Professor emeritus

    Preben. H. Lindøe is a Professor at University of Stavanger in the field of societal safety.

    He has a Master of Science from the Technical University of Trondheim and a PhD on implementation of “internal control” (enforced self-regulation) in Norway. For a period of 20 years he worked with applied research on subjects as occupational health and safety and quality management. His present main area of research is within safety management and risk regulation regimes. He has written a number of books and articles within these subjects.

  • Professor Arnfinn Nergaard

    Professor Arnfinn Nergaard

    Arnfinn Nergaard is a Professor in Offshore Technology at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger.

    He specializes in subsea production systems and deepwater technology. He has academic backgrounds in naval architecture and petroleum engineering. Prof. Nergaard’s industrial experience covers 10 years with Norsk Hydro and 20 years with Smedvig/Seadrill. Holds two patents and has authored a high number of papers and presentations.

  • Professor Jan Frick

    Professor Jan Frick

    Jan Frick is a Professor at the UIS Business School, University of Stavanger. His main interests are in Industrial Engineering /Operation Management /Entrepreneurship and the application in Industry. 

    He has previously worked at research institutions such as SINTEF, Rogaland Research Institute and other collaborative industrial institutions. Prof. Frick has managed several Norwegian and international research projects and coordinated industrial collaboration networks. He is also manager of Beinesdalen Utvikling AS.

  • Professor Chunming Rong

    Professor Chunming Rong

    Chunming Rong is a Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger. He is also the Director at the Center of IP-based Services Innovation (CIPSI) at the University of Stavanger.

    His research interests include security and privacy, scalable and data intensive computing, mobile computing and semantic technology. Professor Rong is been awarded numerous awards and sits as a board member in several national and international associations. To bridge industrial collaborations, he currently serves in the workgroup for Information security in Integrated Operation at the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF). He is also appointed as the POSC Caesar Association (PCA) Research Coordinator for China. He co-authored a book titled “Security in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.

  • Professor Reidar B. Bratvold

    Professor Reidar B. Bratvold

    Reidar B. Bratvold is a professor of Petroleum Investment and Decision Analysis at the University of Stavanger.

    He is also a chief scientist at IRIS- International Research Institute of Stavanger. His expertise areas are in Decision Analysis, Value-of-Information Analysis, Real Option Valuation, Portfolio Analysis, Behavioral Issues in Decision making, Geostatistics, Probability and Statistics.

  • Professor Mohsen Assadi

    Professor Mohsen Assadi

    Mohsen Assadi is a Professor in Natural Gas Technology at the University of Stavanger.

    He is also Professor and Head of Thermal Power Engineering, Department of Energy Sciences, University of Lund, Sweden. Professor Assadi also serves as Research Leader at International Research Institute of Stavanger.

  • Professor Ove Tobias Gudmestad

    Professor Ove Tobias Gudmestad

    Ove T. Gudmestad is a Professor of Marine Technology at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger where he has been lecturing since 1994.

    His research interests are among others marine operations with emphasis on risk related issues as well as engineering and operations in cold climate.

    Further, he is an Adjoint Professor of Cold climate engineering at University of Tromsø.

  • Professor Tore Markeset

    Professor Tore Markeset

    Tore Markeset is a Professor in Industrial Asset Management at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

    He has long experience with industrial services and industrial management both in the industry and in the academia. Among Tore’s interest areas are product support, strategy development, contractual relationship performance, operations and maintenance engineering and design for performance.

  • Knut Erik Bang

    Knut Erik Bang, Associate Professor

    Knut E. Bang is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger. He has a Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a PhD on the effects of globalization on companies’ competitive situation.

    The focus of his research is on competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship.


  • Hirpa Gelgele Lemu, Professor, UIS

    Professor Hirpa Gelgele Lemu

    Hirpa G. Lemu is a Professor of Mechanical Design Engineering at Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger.

    He has MSc and PhD within computer-integrated design and manufacturing from NTNU. His current research interests focus on, among others,  simulation-based design optimization, geometrical tolerances in design, multi-body dynamics simulation, material modeling, rapid prototyping and design for additive manufacturing and numerical simulation data management.  Professor Lemu has a wide range of contact network with industries in the region and is involved in a number of collaborative projects with international partners.

  • Professor Ove njå, UIS

    Professor Ove Njå

    Ove Njå is professor of Risk and Emergency Management at the University of Stavanger (UiS) (2000-). Njå is a Principle Researcher at International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). He is a visiting professor at Stord/Haugesund University College. His professional career includes 5 years in the civil engineering industry, 10 years in the petroleum industry and more than 15 years in research and education. Njå has participated in and led a large number of research projects, comprising risk analysis, risk analysis methods, risk acceptance, risk management, emergency preparedness, emergency response performance and crisis management.

    Ove Njå has played a key role in the development of the educational programmes at master and Ph.D level in societal safety at the University of Stavanger.  He has been opponent to thirteen Ph.D dissertations. Njå is currently supervising 5 doctoral students in risk and safety, and 7 have finalised their work.

  • Professor Dimitrios Pavlou, UIS

    Professor Dimitrios Pavlou

    Dimitrios Pavlou is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at UIS. In 2014 he was elected a full member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. He has had 20 years of teaching and research experience in the fields of Fracture Mechanics, Damage Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Dynamics and Vibrations, Finite Element Method (FEM), and Boundary Element Method (BEM).

    Prof. Pavlou has published many research publications and authored/edited five books and conference proceedings. He is a reviewer in more than 18 international journals, editor of an international journal, member of the editorial board of three journals, guest editor for special issues, and has participated as a plenary speaker and session chair in many international conferences. Today he is a Research Group Leader (Faggruppeleder) of the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Group.

  • Reidar J Mykletun, Professor emeritus, UIS

    Reidar J Mykletun, Professor emeritus

    Reidar Johan Mykletun, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at University of Stavanger (organisational psychology), Visiting professor at Molde University College (event management), and runs his own company Professoren A/S. His research includes work-related issues like work environment, stress and health; organisational leadership; demographic change and ageing workforce, and age management. He has also been involved in research on tourism and especially event and festival management. He has worked for six years as Head of Research at Rogaland Research Institute and was for six years the Dean of the Norwegian School of Hotel Management. He initiated and was one of the Chief Editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism from 2000 to 2013. He is a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, the Scientific Academy of Stavanger, the European Academy of Management, and the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology. He has received the Price for Research Excellence by Rogaland Research Institute, organised several international conferences, and participates in several journal editorial and review boards.

  • Ajit Kumar Verma

    Professor Ajit Kumar Verma

    Ajit Kumar Verma is a Professor (Technical Safety), ATØM, Stord/Haugesund University College, Haugesund, Norway and has been a Professor and Senior (HAG) scale Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay with a research focus in Reliability and Safety Engineering. He has been on leave from IIT Bombay since March 2012 and has been a Guest Professor at Lulea Technical University, Sweden. He was the Director of the International Institute of Information Technology Pune, on lien from IIT Bombay, from Aug 2009-Sep 2010.

    He works in research areas of Electronics System reliability, Software Reliability, Reliable Computing, Power Systems Reliability (PSR), Reliability Centred maintenance (RCM) and Probabilistic Safety/Risk Assessment (PSA).

  • Ajit Srividya

    Professor Ajit Srividya

    Professor Ajit Srividya is a Professor II at Stord/Haugesund University College. She was a Guest Professor from August 2012 till July 2014 at Stord/Haugesund University College, Haugesund,Norway prior to which she joined IIT Bombay in 1988 where she is a Professor in Civil Engineering with research focus in the areas of Reliability & Safety Engineering and Quality Management.She has supervised/co-supervised 28 PhD’s and 50 Master’s thesis in the area of Structural Reliability, Reliability Based Optimisation, Simulation Studies for Reliability Estimation, Quality Benchmarking Studies for Service Industries, Quality Systems and Accelerated Life Testing.


  • Jon Tømmerås Selvik

    Jon Tømmerås Selvik, Associate Professor

    Jon Tømmerås Selvik is an Associate Professor in Risk Management at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger and at SEROS (Centre for Risk Management and Societal Safety). He is also a Sr. Research Scientist at the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS).

    He has a Master of Science in Societal Safety and a PhD in risk management on treatment of uncertainty in reliability and risk informed operations and maintenance planning. His research areas cover reliability, risk and decision analysis. A main part of his work is based on collection and use of subsea reliability data. From 2006 to 2008 he worked at the IRIS testing facility (Ullrigg Drilling and Well Centre, UBBS), where he performed testing of various equipment, in particular drilling jars and gas lift valves, for the oil and gas industry. He has been involved in the DrillWell research centre, working on life cycle well integrity, with focus on well barrier reliability. He is currently a technical editor in ISO TC 67/WG 4: Reliability Engineering and Technology.

  • Idriss El-Thalji

    Idriss El-Thalji, Associate Professor

    Idriss El-Thalji is an Associate Professor in Industrial asset management, University of Stavanger. His main interests are in Predictive Health monitoring/ Wear evolution modelling/ Systems Engineering, dynamics modelling and industrial simulation/ and Technology in society. 

    He has previously worked as Research Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and has involved in several Nordic e.g. vindforsk and European research projects. He has BSc in Industrial Engineering (University of Jordan), MSc in Maintenance Engineering (Växjö University, Sweden), Licentiate of technology in Systems Dependability Engineering (Linnaeus University, Sweden) and Doctoral degree of technology in Predictive health monitoring from Tampere University of technology, Finland.

  • Ph D Candidate Ole-Erik Vestøl Endrerud

    Ole-Erik Vestøl Endrerud, PhD Candidate

    Ole-Erik completed his first MSc degree in industrial asset management by June 2012, and is currently finishing his second MSc degree, in marine- and subsea technology, both at the University of Stavanger. His main research topic has been integrated operations in the offshore oil and gas industry, and he wants to extent this topic to the offshore wind energy sector.

    Title: Operational infrastructure and work management systems for offshore wind energy assets
    Duration: 2012-2015

  • Nii Nortey C. B. Lokko

    Nii Nortey C. B. Lokko, PhD Candidate

    Nii Nortey attained a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He also has an MSc degree in Offshore Technology, with specialization in Industrial Asset Management, from the University of Stavanger. His MSc research topic was "The role and use of expert systems for offshore assets on the Norwegian continental shelf." He is now taking a PhD in a joint project between ApplySørco and University of Stavanger.

    Title: Creation of “Just-in-time” maintenance services for the Norwegian Offshore Industry

    Duration: 2011-2015

  • Adekunle Peter Orimolade

    Adekunle Peter Orimolade, PhD Candidate

    Adekunle Peter Orimolade acquired a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile‐Ife, Nigeria and a MSc in Offshore Technology from the University of Stavanger.

    Title: Cold climate technology, with emphasis on developments in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

    Duration: 2014-2017

  • Kanokwan Kullawan

    Kanokwan Kullawan, PhD Candidate

    Kanokwan Kullawan acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and a M.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering, with a specialization in Drilling Engineering, from the University of Stavanger in Norway.

    Research area:  Bayesian Framework for Real‐Time Optimization of Well Placement.

    Duration: 2012-2016

  • Thorvald F. Gundersen

    Thorvald F. Gundersen, PhD Candidate

    Thorvald holds a Master’s degree in Logistics from Molde University College from 2000. He has worked in an international industry since 1997 and have since 2007 held the position of senior scientist in Polytec R&D Institute. In Polytec he has worked on contract research for industry focusing on innovation processes and business development both within start ups and established industrial companies.

    Title: Decision Quality in Integrated Operations

    Duration: 2014-2016

  • Murshid M. Ali

    Murshid M. Ali, PhD Candidate

    Murshid has a degree in Economics from NTNU in Trondheim, supplemented by subjects from Trondheim Business School (HiST) in Strategy, Business Administration and Marketing – and a subject in Innovation and Management from the London School of Economics (Summer School). He went to South Africa and attended Wits business School, part of Witswaterand University and took 60 ECTS in MBA subjects, while working in a startup company called Mobilitrix.

    Title: Open innovation and its implication on international trade for small technology-based start-up companies in the Stavanger region.

    Duration: 2013-2016

  • Lene Jørgensen

    Lene Jørgensen, PhD Candidate

    Lene has a Master in Sociology from 1995 and have in the period 1995 to 2009 worked with internal control systems, quality measuring and other aspects of management systems within public sector. When the opportunity came along in 2009 to do a Ph.D within this field, she took it. The project she joined is located at Stord/Haugesund University College, and UiS and Preben H. Lindøe were natural collaborating parties.

    Title: Risk management in an inter-organizational project: The use and effects of risk maps

    Duration: 2009-2013 (June 2015)

  • Dag Tomas Sagen Johannesen

    Dag Tomas Sagen Johannesen, PhD Candidate

    Dag has a bachelor degree in nursing, and a master’s degree in societal safety. He was curious about why some organizations voluntarily adopted these external assessment programs and how they are performed and legitimized by the certification body.

    Title: Accreditation for Quality and Safety in hospitals

    Duration: 2010-2015

  • Aojie Hong

    Aojie Hong, PhD Candidate

    Aojie has a background is Msc in Reservoir Engineering after 5-year study at NTNU. He chose the topi because since it it a new research area, he can learn a lot from this PhD Study. It is a challenging topic, one that can be useful for his future career as he gains knowledge and skills from it. Stavanger is a warmer City than Trondheim and that is also an added bonus.

    Title: Field Scale Evaluation - Uncertainty Analysis and Production Optimization in reservoir engineering

    Duration: 2014-2017

  • Gunnar Lian

    Gunnar Lian, PhD Candidate

    Gunnar is working for his industrial PhD sponsored by the Research Council of Norway and Statoil. His goal is to estimate the design slamming loads from breaking waves on vertical large volume cylinder.

    Title: Slamming loads on vertical large volume cylinder from breaking waves.

    Duration: 2014-2018

  • Jithin Jose

    Jithin Jose, PhD Candidate

    For his PhD study, Jithin aims to get a better understanding of wave slamming loads on truss type structures installed on shallow water regions with sloping sea bottom. Estimation of proper slamming factors for the truss type structure based on the experimental studies and Validate the CFD model for the simulation of breaking wave forces on the truss type structures.  

    Title: Offshore Structures exposed to large slamming wave loads.

    Duration: 2014-2017


  • Pengyu Zhu, PhD Candidate

    Pengyu Zhu, PhD Candidate

    Pengyu acquired a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yantai University in China, and a MSc degree in Offshore Technology-Industrial Asset Management in Unversity of Stavanger in Norway.  He has several years of experiences on hull structure design, EPC project management, and offshore facility risk analysis. His main research areas now include data interoperability and integration, and decision-making in oil and gas industry.

    Title: Optimization of Business Critical Processes through An Effective Decision-making process

    Duration: 2016-2019