Pentti Kujala

Pentti Kujala

Professori (Professor of Practice)
T212 Mechanical Engineering
Professori (Professor of Practice)

I am a professor of Marine technology and the head of Marine Technology research group. Today I am working on the safety of ships both in open water and in ice. My main research interests during my  40- year long career have been devoted to full scale measurements of ice induced loads and analysis of the ice load statistics, simulation of ship performance in ice, development of advanced structural solutions for ships and development of system level safety of marine traffic.

I am also Vice Dean of the School of Engineering with the main duties related to the Impact and Innovation activities of the School. I have extensive national and international co-operation heading e.g. the Center of Excellence for safe Arctic shipping funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation from London (

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Before Aalto, I have been working e..g on Lloyd's Register of Shipping in London, VTT and Aker Yards.

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Honors and awards

Honorary Fellowship of TRANSNAV congress

Since 2015
Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Mechanical Engineering Jan 2015

Aalto Education Impact Award, 2018

Aalto Education Impact Award, 2018 on Contribution to Establishment of Marine technology study program to network University Finnish Institute of technology
Award or honor granted for a specific work Marine Technology Sep 2018

EU-Transportation Research Award 2020

Best senior researcher in the Waterborne sector: Improving the safety of ships operating in ice-covered waters
Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Mechanical Engineering Sep 2020


Improving Near Miss Detection in Maritime Traffic in the Northern Baltic Sea from AIS Data

Lei Du, Osiris Valdez Banda, Floris Goerlandt, Pentti Kujala, Weibin Zhang 2021 Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

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Osiris Valdez Banda, Pentti Kujala, Spyros Hirdaris 2021 Safety Science

Probability of a ship becoming beset in ice along the Northern Sea Route – A Bayesian analysis of real-life data

Jarno Vanhatalo, Juri Huuhtanen, Martin Bergström, Inari Helle, Jussi Mäkinen, Pentti Kujala 2021 Cold Regions Science and Technology

The influence of fluid structure interaction modelling on the dynamic response of ships subject to collision and grounding

Sang Jin Kim, Mihkel Körgesaar, Nima Ahmadi, Ghalib Taimuri, Pentti Kujala, Spyros Hirdaris 2021 Marine Structures

Economic and Financial Impacts of Oil Spills

Liangliang Lu, Pentti Kujala 2021 Oil Spill Occurrence, Simulation, and Behavior

A method for assessing ship operability in dynamic ice for independent navigation and escort operations

Liangliang Lu, Pentti Kujala, Floris Goerlandt 2021 Ocean Engineering

Preventing shipping accidents

Ketki Kulkarni, Floris Goerlandt, Jie Li, Osiris Valdez Banda, Pentti Kujala 2020 Safety Science

Analysis of the Grounding Avoidance Behavior of a Ro-Pax Ship in the Gulf of Finland using Big Data

Mingyang Zhang, Jakub Montewka, Teemu Manderbacka, Pentti Kujala, Spyros Hirdaris 2020 30th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference