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Oddvar Eide appointed head of MARINTEK

Oddvar Eide has been appointed as SINTEF President for MARINTEK
Oddvar Eide

Oddvar Eide can already look back on a long career in research and management in SINTEF and MARINTEK. He started out as a research scientist at the Norwegian Ship Research Institute (now MARINTEK) in 1980, and since 1985 he has been the head of the Department of Construction Engineering in SINTEF/MARINTEK.

Eide holds an MSc (Eng) in Shipping Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (now NTNU) in 1978. In 1983 he gained a doctorate in marine technology.

Eide has held his new position in an acting capacity since January 2009.

MARINTEK and the Marine Technology Centre in Trondheim make up one of the world’s leading international research centres in the fields of maritime and marine technology. MARINTEK is part of SINTEF, and Eide now joins the SINTEF Group management team.

“In the course of many years, Oddvar Eide has demonstrated that he is capable of obtaining excellent scientific and financial results. He has built up and continued to develop an internationally strong scientific milieu, which has played a central role in many of the most  complex oil and gas projects on the Norwegian continental shelf. I am convinced that Oddvar Eide will develop MARINTEK yet further as a very central part of Norway’s maritime knowledge cluster,” says Unni Steinsmo, who is both President-CEO of SINTEF and chair of the board of MARINTEK.

“I regard this as a very exciting challenge. I know SINTEF and MARINTEK very well, and I look forward to continuing to work with my highly competent colleagues. The most important task facing us is to ensure that we stay at the leading edge of international maritime research. Our highest priority in the immediate future will be to develop the laboratories of the future in a new maritime knowledge centre, in line with the Storting’s strategy for the maritime sector,” says Oddvar Eide.

MARINTEK is an internationally recognised maritime research institute and is a partner in technology of many of the world’s most demanding clients in the oil, gas and shipping sectors. MARINTEK collaborates closely with NTNU, and operates advanced laboratories in Trondheim. MARINTEK has around 200 employees, and its turnover in 2008 was NOK 292 million. MARINTEK forms part of SINTEF, which is the largest independent research group in Scandinavia.

Trondheim, June 30, 2009.

Unni Steinsmo, President - CEO of SINTEF and chair of the board of MARINTEK.
tel: +47 930 59 380

Oddvar Eide, President, MARINTEK.
Tel: +47 930 58 670