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Prof Jeom-Kee Paik
Malet Place Engineering Building
Torrington Place
United Kingdom
  • Professor of Marine Technology
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

 Born on January 7, 1957 in Sacheon in South Korea, Professor Paik was the last of nine children. In 1981, after majoring in naval architecture, he graduated from Pusan National University with honors. He worked for the Hyundai Shipbuilding Company (currently Hyundai Heavy Industries) and then decided to undertake Master’s and doctoral programs in engineering at Osaka University in Japan under the supervision of Professor Yukio Ueda. The main topics that he studied were buckling and ultimate strength, which were not assessed in industry at that time. After returning from Japan in 1987, he worked for the Korea Institute of Machinery and Metals in Daejeon as a senior research engineer, before joining the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Pusan National University as a faculty member in 1989.

Professor Paik is a fellow of SNAME and has served as its International Vice-President and on the Technical and Research (T&R) Steering Committee, several T&R panels, and the editorial board of SNAME's membership magazine (mt). Also, he is a fellow of RINA and has served as a council member, the publications committee member, and chairman of the RINA’s Korean branch. He is Professor of Ship and Offshore Structural Mechanics at Pusan National University, South Korea, where he also serves as President of the Korea Ship and Offshore Research Institute (KOSORI), which has been a Lloyd's Register Foundation Research Centre of Excellence since 2008. In January 2015, he joined University College London's Mechanical Engineering Department as a professor and faculty member, with the visa status of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent.

Professor Paik is founder and editor-in-chief of Ships and Offshore Structures which is a peer-reviewed international journal. He is founder and chairman of Forum for Safety of Fire and Explosion (SAFE Forum) which is a registered organization of Ministry of Public Safety and Security of Korea. He is a founding member of Nowatec E&C Co. Ltd. In the field of safety design and engineering of offshore installations and ships. He served as chairman of International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) Committees in collisions and grounding (2000-2003), condition assessment of aged ships (2003-2006), and ultimate strength (2006-2012) for 12 years, and is now a member of the ISSC’s standing committee. He served as honorary editor-in-chief of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)’s Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) 6.177 Ships and Offshore Structures.  He serves as chairman of the Korea technical committee of ClassNK and chairman of the Korea shipbuilding advisory committee of Registro Italiano Navale. He is an Academic Advisory Council member of Universiti Tecknologi PETRONAS in Malaysia. He had been convenor of ISO(International Organization for Standardization)’s Technical Committee 8 Sub Committee 8 on ISO 18072-1 Ships and marine technology – Ship structures – Part 1: General requirements for their limit state assessment. Professor Paik has been authored or co-authored four textbooks, some 500 technical papers, and some 30 patents.

Professor Paik has received the William Froude Medal, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)’s highest professional honor. This award makes him only the third person ever to receive both the William Froude Medal and the David W. Taylor Medal from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), which he was awarded in 2013.

In a very special honour for a living figure, RINA decided in 2014 that a new award has been named for Professor Paik. The Jeom Kee Paik Prize, which will be awarded each year for the best paper on structures published by a researcher under 30, is the first such prize to be named for a non-Briton in the 155-year-history of RINA.

Research Summary

Professor Paik has widened his research interests to include the safety design and engineering of ships and offshore installations against extreme and accidental conditions. While in service, ships and offshore structures are likely to be subjected to various ocean environment phenomena that are usually normal but can be extreme and even accidental. These circumstances can occur because of the following events (in no specific order): welding-induced high temperature causing imperfections (e.g., distortions, residual stress, or softening in the heat-affected zones of welded aluminium structures); abnormal waves, winds, or currents; dynamic pressure loads arising from sloshing, slamming, or green water; low temperature in Arctic operations; cryogenic conditions resulting from liquefied natural gas cargo; ultra-high pressure in ultra-deep waters; elevated temperature due to fire; blast loads due to explosion; impact loads associated with collision, grounding, or dropped objects; and age-related degradation, such as corrosion, fatigue cracking and local denting damage. Such events sometimes have catastrophic consequences involving casualties, property damage, and pollution. The mechanisms for such events are always different, but it is interesting to note that they all commonly relate to issues of nonlinear structural mechanics that involve both geometric and materials nonlinearities. Considering that such issues also entail much uncertainties, it is well recognized that risk-based approaches are the best ways to resolve them.

Professor Paik enjoys an international reputation for his work on the structural integrity and systems performance of ships and offshore installations in extreme and accidental conditions, and he has introduced new concepts and procedures for nonlinear structural mechanics and analysis that are essential to risk assessment and management. In addition, he has also devoted himself to public service. He aims to spend half his time on professional activities and half on public service and contributing to society. This is because he wants to be a catalyst both within the global maritime community and throughout the world.

Teaching Summary


Academic Background
2012   Doctor Honoris Causa Universite de Liege
1987   Doctor of Engineering Osaka University
1984   Master of Engineering Osaka University
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