Pentti Kujala

Pentti Kujala

Professori (Professor of Practice)
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 (

Resarch Group: Marine Technology:

List of publications and other research outputs:


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

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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


Comparison of system modelling techniques for autonomous ship systems

Sunil Basnet, Osiris Valdez Banda, Meriam Chaal, Spyros Hirdaris, Pentti Kujala 2020 Proceedings of the International Seminar on Safety and Security of Autonomous Vessels (ISSAV) and European STAMP Workshop and Conference (ESWC) 2019

The Risks of Remote Pilotage in an Intelligent Fairway – preliminary considerations

Janne Lahtinen, Osiris Valdez Banda, Pentti Kujala, Spyros Hirdaris 2020 Proceedings of the International Seminar on Safety and Security of Autonomous Vessels (ISSAV) and European STAMP Workshop and Conference (ESWC) 2019

A Framework for Integrating Life-Safety and Environmental Consequences into Conventional Arctic Shipping Risk Models

Thomas Browne, Rocky Taylor, Brian Veitch, Pentti Kujala, Faisal Khan, Doug Smith 2020 APPLIED SCIENCES

Ramming induced ice loads between the ship bow and multiyear thick ice in Antarctic Weddell Sea

Liangliang Lu, Pentti Kujala, Osiris Valdez Banda, Floris Goerlandt 2020 Developments in the Collision and Grounding of Ships and Offshore Structures

Critical aspects for collision induced oil spill response and recovery system in ice conditions: A model-based analysis

Liangliang Lu, Floris Goerlandt, Kristjan Tabri, Anders Höglund, Osiris Valdez Banda, Pentti Kujala 2020 JOURNAL OF LOSS PREVENTION IN THE PROCESS INDUSTRIES

Finite element based meta-modeling of ship-ice interaction at shoulder and midship areas for ship performance simulation

Fang Li, Mihkel Kõrgesaar, Pentti Kujala, Floris Goerlandt 2020 Marine Structures

Preventing shipping accidents

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

Improving stand-on ship’s situational awareness by estimating the intention of the give-way ship

Lei Du, Floris Goerlandt, Osiris Valdez Banda, Yamin Huang, Yuanqiao Wen, Pentti Kujala 2020 Ocean Engineering