Robert F. Beck

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA


Weinblum Lecturer 2008/09

Seakeeping Computations in the Time Domain


Short Biography

[The following short biography is taken from the invitation letter for the Weinblum Memorial Lecture held by Robert F. Beck. Some slight modifications have been made when deemed necessary.]

Robert F. Beck, born in 1943, received his Bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and aeronautics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1965, his Master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1968, and his PhD in 1970 under the supervision of John N. Newman. After one year as a guest researcher with Ernest O. Tuck at the University of Adelaide, he returned to the University of Michigan. There, he was director of the hydrodynamic laboratory and dean of the naval architecture faculty He was Herbert C. Sadler Collegiate Professor from 2005 to 2007 and is currently Richard B. Couch Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Prof. Beck is editor of the Journal of Ship Research and member of several national and international committees, such as ITTC, ISSC and SNAME. Further, he has hosted a number of international conferences. He is the recipient of various awards for outstanding achievements in research and teaching, including the Davidson Medal.

Prof. Beck has made significant contributions to solving many maritime problems. At the beginning of his career, he dealt with manoeuvring and seakeeping in restricted water including ship-ship interactions. In the early 1980s, he focused on panel methods using Green’s function of the free surface for the computation of wave resistance and seakeeping. He and his students have developed computational methods for added resistance problems applying linear panel methods and Green’s functions in the time domain.


External Links

[–] Wikipedia entry for Robert F. Beck