14 Oct 2015

DHI shapes future generation of water professionals

At DHI, we cooperate with universities, research centres and other knowledge institutions around the world to share and strengthen global water knowledge as well as create innovative solutions. Our collaboration includes working together on projects related to national and international research programmes, supervising Master degrees and PhD students, and developing joint training packages and activities.

Arief Rullyanto © DHI

Arief Rullyanto, who recently defended his PhD thesis, is a prominent example of how DHI contributes to the development of the coming generation of engineers.

Arief has a Master of Science degree in Oceanography from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. He successfully defended his PhD work related to Oceanography at DTU Aqua, Denmark, in October 2015.  The PhD study is part of the research project ‘North Atlantic - Arctic coupling in a changing climate: impacts on ocean circulation, carbon cycling and sea-ice’ (NAACOS), financed by the Danish Innovations Agency and coordinated by DTU Aqua.

Arief’s PhD study focuses on the significance of the Faro Bank Channel on the future climate and the North Atlantic ecosystem. The study comprises a simulation using one of the first supercomputer installations of MIKE Powered by DHI’s general ocean modelling system MIKE 3. Arief has been able to quantify the migration of important phytoplankton through the Faro Bank Channel and has experienced the harsh and cold North Atlantic climate on a scientific cruise through the area on board a Danish research vessel.

Supervisors of the study include Professor Andre Visser from DTU Aqua, Ole Svenstrup Petersen, Head of Innovation, Ports and Offshore at DHI and Jacob Tornfeldt Sørensen, DHI’s Research Centre Director.

‘It has been an inspiring and intensive journey using MIKE models to study the cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean’, says Arief. Ole Svenstrup Petersen adds, ‘It is fantastic to be able to attract some of the world’s most enthusiastic and skilled students to study the challenges of water environments’.

Arief will soon start working as a coastal engineer at DHI Singapore and is looking forward to a warmer climate.