Krish Thiagarajan, the Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, recently authored a welcome message from the division chair in the March 2018 Ocean Offshore & Arctic Engineering Newsbrief, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Professor Thiagarajan, a Member of ASME, is the coordinator of the Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium as well the current Chair of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division. He leads the Ocean and Marine Engineering Group at UMass Amherst.
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As Thiagarajan wrote in his message, “A majority of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, and human activity across and within the waters of the world’s oceans have persisted for centuries. The Ocean Offshore & Arctic Engineering Division (OOAED) members make significant contributions to ongoing research and development activities relating to the oceans, including offshore oil and gas drilling and production, petroleum engineering, coastal and ocean engineering, design and development of offshore structures, their safety and reliability. There is even a special interest group focused on ice-laden cold waters of the Arctic.”
In the OOAE Newsbrief, Thiagarajan continued: “In the past decade, the Division has diversified its interest into all forms of ocean space utilization, including marine renewable energy, aquaculture, and geotechnical engineering. Altogether, the OOAED is comprised of an amazing group of individuals, who silently contribute significantly to safe and sustainable production and harvest of ocean resources for human consumption.”
As the welcome message said, “Many of the activities of our members are showcased in our flagship annual Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) conference! Increased intensity of natural events [is] reshaping our thought processes. The hurricanes and tsunamis are getting fiercer, causing significant damage to coastal and island communities. These bring to light the importance of the work we do, particularly with respect to safe and reliable offshore structures and development of offshore wind energy.”
Thiagarajan concluded that “With this in mind, the Division along with the support of other interested ASME Divisions is initiating the International Offshore Wind Technical Conference starting in 2018. I welcome you to peruse the next few pages of the OOAED news brief, and please get in touch if you would like to become a member of the Division.” (March 2018)