New Visiting Professors

Container ship

Two high profile Visiting Professors have been appointed to a department in the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering.

Fotis Karamitsos, Principal Adviser to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, and Tom Boardley, Executive Vice President of Lloyd’s Register, have joined Strathclyde’s Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) on appointments of five years.

They bring a combined total of more than 60 years’ experience to the department, which specialises in fields including shipping safety, oil and gas and marine renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Head of Department Professor Dracos Vassalos said: “We are delighted to welcome Fotis Karamitsos and Tom Boardley to our department. They are vastly experienced in the maritime industry and their considerable knowledge will be a great asset to our researchers and students.     

“The marine industry is vastly important internationally; much of the world’s freight is carried by ship and many people depend on ships to travel. Our research and teaching reflects this by enhancing maritime safety and developing advanced technology for the shipping and oil and gas industries; our new Visiting Professors will strengthen this even further.”

Mr Karamitsos has been with the EC for more than 35 years and served from 2001 to 2016 as Director in the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport and acting deputy director general for five years from 2011. In these roles, he was responsible for the development and implementation of maritime transport policy, maritime safety, environmental protection, logistics and passenger rights. He also developed policy and infrastructure for the Galileo European satellite navigation system.

After graduating from Oxford with an Engineering degree in 1978, Mr Boardley spent much his career in the container line division of P&O - since taken over by Maersk Line - working as its Trades Director and subsequently as Commercial Director of its Ports group up to 2004. He then headed European operations for Japanese shipping and logistics company NYK before joining Lloyd’s Register as Marine Director in 2009. As Executive Vice President, he has now responsibility for developing the company’s corporate and external affairs. He is currently also serving as President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and Chairman of the Mission to Seafarers’ Board of Trustees.