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ABS Endowed University Chair Series: Dr. Reza Alam

Posted on Oct 30, 2018

Dr. Reza Alam is the ABS Chair for Ocean Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research areas include ocean wave power, underwater wireless communication and underwater drone technology. Dr. Alam explains how ocean engineering is undergoing a major revolution toward more autonomous and greener ships, and how students must learn and keep pace with the latest technological advancements.


The ABS Endowed University Chair Series was created to highlight ABS’ various university partnerships. Through these partnerships, the ABS Endowed University Chairs conduct research in areas that are vital to the maritime industry.

By collaborating with universities, ABS can share its practical guidance as well as learn from the endowed chairs’ theoretical and applied research. This research collaboration helps facilitate new technologies that may well enhance the future of classification.

“New innovations are vital for the future health of the maritime industry,” said ABS Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology, Derek Novak. “Through these university endowments, ABS facilitates collaboration with not only academia but our industry partners as well. This knowledge sharing is a crucial part of future technology advancement.”

To learn more about academic engagement and the University Chair video series, please visit here.