Professor Atilla Incecik from the University of Strathclyde has been awarded the William Froude Medal, the highest professional honor awarded by the Council of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).
The Medal is awarded to a person of any nationality who, in the opinion of the Council, has made an outstanding contribution to naval architecture and/or shipbuilding and whose achievements deserve special attention.
First awarded in 1955, there have only been 29 previous winners since its inception, including Strathclyde maritime safety professor Dracos Vassalos, who received the award in 2011.
William Froude was a 19and English engineer of the century, hydrodynamicist and naval architect who was the first to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships and to predict their stability.
RINA President Maurizio d’Amico said: “I have the honor 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 honor for his significant contribution to pioneering research, industrial projects and the advancement of scientific papers, the organization of conferences, as well as many other activities, including the supervision of doctoral students for forty years.”
Professor Incecik, who is an expert on global maritime issues, said: “I am truly touched and very honoured. I owe this award to the wonderful colleagues I have had the good fortune to work with over the years.
Professor Incecik is Associate Director (Internationalisation) at Strathclyde and his previous roles at the university include Associate Director and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering.
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 in industry and academia.
Professor Incecik’s research includes the development of dynamic load and response prediction tools for ships, offshore platforms and marine renewable energy devices, and he has also served as Research Director of the Industrial Doctoral Center for offshore renewable energies.
He was awarded the medal on campus by RINA’s CEO, Chris Boyd.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said:
I would like to congratulate Atilla for this magnificent achievement, which recognizes the immense international contribution he has made to naval architecture and shows how much he is appreciated in the field.
Professor Incecik was also awarded a Strathclyde Medal in 2016, in recognition of his contribution to the values of the University, and in May 2019 he received an honorary doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in recognition of his research on ecological navigation and environmental sustainability.
He is also an honorary professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Harbin Institute of Technology, and Qui Shi Professor at Zhejiang University, all in China.