Professor awarded honour for contribution to naval architecture & shipbuilding

Container ship from above.

Professor Atilla Incecik from the University of Strathclyde has been awarded The William Froude Medal, the highest professional honour bestowed by the Council of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).

The Medal is awarded to an individual of any nationality who, in the Council's opinion, has made a conspicuous contribution to naval architecture and/or shipbuilding and whose achievements merit special consideration.

First awarded in 1955, there have only been 29 previous recipients since its inception, including Professor of Maritime Safety at Strathclyde, Dracos Vassalos, who received the award in 2011.

William Froude was a 19th century English engineer, hydrodynamicist and naval architect who was the first to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships and for predicting their stability.

Significant contribution

RINA's President, Maurizio d’Amico, said: “It is my honour to congratulate Professor Incecik on being awarded the William Froude Medal in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.

“Professor Incecik receives the Institution's highest award for his significant contribution into pioneering research, industry projects and the advancement of scientific papers, organising conferences, as well as many other activities including supervising PhD students for forty years.”

Professor Incecik, who is an expert in global maritime issues, said: “I’m truly humbled and greatly honoured. I owe this award to the wonderful colleagues that I’ve been very fortunate to work with across the years.”

Professor Incecik is Associate Principal (Internationalisation) at Strathclyde and his previous roles at the University include Associate Principal & Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering.

Analysis tools

He has been responsible for the development of design and analysis tools and model testing of marine and offshore engineering systems during his research activities both in industry and academia.

Professor Incecik’s research includes development of dynamic load and response prediction tools for ships, offshore platforms and marine renewable energy devices, and he was also Research Manager of the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy.

RINA Chief Executive Chris Boyd presenting the medal to Prof Incecik

He was presented with the medal on campus by RINA Chief Executive Chris Boyd.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said:

I would like congratulate Atilla on this wonderful achievement, which recognises the immense international contribution he has made to naval architecture and shows just how highly regarded he is in the field.

Professor Incecik was also awarded a Strathclyde Medal in 2016, in recognition of his contribution to the University’s values and in May 2019 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in recognition of his research on green shipping and environmental sustainability

He is also an honorary professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Harbin Institute of Technology, and the Qui Shi chair professor at Zhejiang University, all in China.