Dr. Jeom Kee Paik is a professor and faculty member of both the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London in the UK and the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering of Pusan National University (PNU) in Korea. He serves as president of the Korea Ship and Offshore Research Institute (KOSORI) (www.kosori.org) at PNU, which has been a Lloyd’s Register Foundation Research Centre of Excellence since 2008. Prof. Paik is a Fellow and Vice President of SNAME and a Fellow and Publication Committee member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).
Prof. Paik’s research interests include nonlinear structural mechanics/analysis/design, safety studies, limit states and risk based design, structural reliability, risk assessment and management, corrosion assessment and management, condition assessment and management, fires, explosions, collision, grounding, dropped objects, and impact engineering.
Prof. Paik is the third person to receive both the William Froude Medal of RINA (2015) and the David W. Taylor Medal of SNAME (2013). These medals are the two most prestigious medals in the global maritime community. He received the Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) from the University of Liege in Belgium (2012). Prof. Paik was awarded the Order of Science and Technology Merits from the President of the Republic of Korea (2014). As a very special honor, RINA has created an award named for Prof. Paik, namely the Jeom Kee Paik Prize that is awarded each year since 2015 for the best paper on structures published by a researcher under 30. The prize is the first prize named for a non-Briton in the 156-year history of RINA.
Prof. Paik serves as Chairman of the Korea Technical Committee of ClassNK and a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS in Malaysia. He has chaired numerous technical committees of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) associated with Ship Collisions and Grounding (2000-2003), Condition Assessment of Aged Ships (2003-2006), and Ultimate Strength (2006-2012). He is currently a member of the ISSC Standing Committee. Prof. Paik serves as Chairman of the Forum for Safety of Fire and Explosion registered under Ministry of Public Safety and Security of Republic of Korea.
Prof. Paik is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ships and Offshore Structures (http://saos.edmgr.com), which is a peer-reviewed international journal. He serves as an editorial board member for over 20 other international journals. He has authored or co-authored over 500 technical papers, 4 books and 30 patents.