Meet FRONTIErS supervisors – Gudmund Eiksund


Continuing our series of interviews with the supervising team of the FRONTIErS Doctoral Network, we spoke with Gudmund Eiksund, a Professor in geotechnical engineering at NTNU, discussing his insights into the significance of programs like FRONTIErS in fostering skilled professionals. When envisioning the future impact of the FRONTIErS Doctoral Network, he emphasizes the enduring influence of its personal and professional connections in shaping the offshore wind engineering landscape.

Can you please provide some insight into your educational and professional background?

I have a PhD degree in geotechnical engineering from 1994. I was employed as a researcher in the foundation SINTEF, with a focus on the design of foundations and anchors for the offshore oil and gas industry. In 2006, I joined a consulting company in offshore geotechnical engineering before I got a Professor position in geotechnical engineering at NTNU in 2012. At NTNU, the foundation of offshore wind turbines has been my research focus.

How or why did you join the FRONTIErS network?

I was invited by the network coordinator to join. The research topics in FRONTIErS fit well with my background and current research focus.

Have you had any prior experience with the MSCA Programme?

My research group has been coordinating MSCA projects before. We have been coordinating the project “Creep of Geomaterials” that ran from 2012 – 2016.

From your perspective, what are the primary benefits of participating in an MSCA doctoral network?

The primary benefit is to educate the next generation of highly skilled researchers and engineers for the industry and universities. For FRONTIErS in particular we contribute both with engineers and solutions for the offshore wind industry which is important for the green shift.

Looking ahead, how do you envision the evolution of the FRONTIErS network by the conclusion of the programme?

These personal friendships, and professional networks developed in FRONTIErS will continue and will have a large impact many years after the conclusion of the project.

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