Celebration of 217 new doctors on 8 March

Since July 2023, 217 people have completed their doctoral degrees at NTNU, and on Friday 8 March the stage is set for another solemn celebration of these new PhDs, on the same day as International Women’s Day.

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Bildet er fra en tidligere seremoni, 17. november 2023. Foto: Thor Nielsen / NTNU

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This Friday, 121 of the new PhDs will gather for a ceremony in the Aula, where they will receive their diploma for completing their doctorate.

The doctors have immersed themselves in a wide range of subjects, including how artificial intelligence can be used to detect damage to underwater pipelines, the living conditions for children in the Middle Ages as described in medieval texts, how microorganisms affect the health of salmon, and the relationship between trade unions and productive enterprises.

Regardless of the subject, each one of these projects reflects an immense amount of hard work and contributes to knowledge for a better world.

Former Onsager professor receives honorary doctorate

Professor Richard Spontak (born 1961) at North Carolina State University is awarded an honorary doctorate during the Doctoral Awards Ceremony this Friday.

Professor Spontak is already well known at NTNU and was awarded a Lars Onsager’s honorary professorship in 2012 for his work in chemical process engineering and polymer science.

His research on membranes and gas separation has been an important contribution to developing techniques for carbon capture and storage. This is a field that has also become increasingly important now that hydrogen is being singled out as a priority area in the shift to greener energy sources.

Professor Spontak is an internationally recognized scientist and is one of eight American professors who has been named as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Both NTNU and other Norwegian institutions have enjoyed and benefitted from collaborating with Professor Spontak, which in turn has led to international prizes and new research funding.