The ABS Professorship in Marine and Offshore Design Performance was established by the Regents in September 2015 with gifts from the American Bureau of Shipping. Appointments to this professorship may be up to five years and may be renewed.
Professor Troesch received his B.S. (1969), his M.S. (1972) and his Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Michigan, all in naval architecture and marine engineering. He remained at the University of Michigan serving as an assistant research scientist and lecturer from 1976 to 1979. He was appointed as an assistant professor in 1980, promoted to associate professor in 1984 and to professor in 1995. Professor Troesch previously served as the chair of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) from 2003 to 2011.
Professor Troesch’s research interests have expanded over the years from initial work in slender body diffraction forces, hydroelastic springing, and wave energy devices to now include nonlinear dynan1ics, high speed planing hulls, extreme vessel motions and loads, and oscillatory, time dependent real flows. The goal of these experimental, theoretical, and numerical research efforts has been twofold: to define accurate hydrodynamic models which permit the determination of the nonlinear fluid loads and, once having identified the proper hydrodynamic model, solve, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the complex nonlinear equations of motion. The result has been more than 160 publications, authored or co-authored with his students (eight M.S. theses, tlu·ee professional degree theses, and 25 Ph.D. theses- two of which have received the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Dissertation Awards) on ship hydrodynamics, hydroelasticity, seakeeping and vessel capsize, nonlinear dynamics, and planing hull dynamics.
Professor Troesch is an elected fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). He is also the recipient of several major honors and awards including best paper awards (American Society of Naval Engineers’ “Jimmie” Hamilton. Award for the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal in 1994 and the ABS/Linnard Prize for best paper in the 201 1 SNAME Transactions), the College of Engineering Faculty Award in NAME (1999), the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (2002), the SNAME Taylor Medal for “Notable Achievement in Naval Architecture and/or Marine Engineering” (2011 ), and the Rosenblatt-Michigan Award (2014).