ABS Endowed University Chair Series: Dr. Wim van Rees

Dr. Wim van Rees is an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds the ABS Career Development Professorship. His current research centers around biologically-inspired engineering and soft robotics and deformable structures in a fluid environment. He also conducts research in 4D printing, a cutting-edge technology where a 3D-printed structure can change its structure in different environments. Van Rees believes 4D printing will be a key part of soft robotics that can enable complex, shape-shifting structures.

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.”

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