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New section head at Aalborg University Esbjerg will promote engineering programmes and research in Esbjerg

New section head at Aalborg University Esbjerg will promote engineering programmes and research in Esbjerg

At just age 32, Simon Pedersen is now head of AAU Esbjerg's largest scientific section that he graduated from in 2013.

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As of 1 January 2021, Simon Pedersen, Associate Professor, became the new Head of the Esbjerg Energy Section under the Department of Energy Technology, after the section's longtime head Jens Bo Holm-Nielsen decided to slow things down a bit and devote himself to his research and teaching at the Department of Energy Technology in Esbjerg.

Since 2016, Simon has been employed as a researcher and lecturer at AAU Esbjerg where he himself graduated with an MSc in Engineering in Intelligent Reliable Systems in 2013. Subsequently, he earned his PhD in 2016 with the thesis Plant-Wide Anti-Slug Control for Offshore Oil and Gas Processes.

At AAU Esbjerg, Simon’s research focuses particularly on robotics for the offshore wind, oil & gas sectors, including in the current ACOMAR project with a total budget of DKK 26 million – a project involving the removal of marine fouling from offshore structures, such as offshore wind turbines, using automated underwater robots.

At AAU Esbjerg, the Esbjerg Energy Section is a large section with 30 staff members, including researchers, teaching staff and PhD students. The section trains engineers in Energy and Electronics at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s level.

- I feel very privileged to be able to work with so many talented research colleagues, all of whom are passionate about their research as part of this technical development, says Simon Pedersen.

As section head, he aims to promote both engineering programmes and research in Esbjerg. There is special focus on the Esbjerg campus signature areas in offshore energy and bioprocesses that will continue to produce highly qualified engineers who can contribute to the green transition and at the same time be attractive to the business community, locally and around the world.

- I look forward to continuing the exciting progress in the section, the Esbjerg campus in general and indeed the entire energy area where issues like artificial energy islands, the phasing out of oil & gas, and new offshore wind farms present many future technical challenges, while new energy sources such as green electricity and biofuels play an increasingly important role in the green transition. And our ability to attract more students to our programmes in the coming years is a major goal as society will depend on their knowledge in the future.

- Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to Jens Bo for all his hard work. I am honoured to take the torch. I look forward to continuing to put Esbjerg on the energy agenda, while ensuring an increased focus on our signature areas where we can really do something special. Fortunately, Jens Bo is still on campus and I look forward to working with him.

On a personal note, Simon lives in the Fovrfeld section of Esbjerg with his partner Signe and their two children, Lukas and Jakob, aged two and three respectively. When time permits, Simon rides road bikes in both Denmark and the French Alps.