Prof.dr.ir. Mirek Kaminski

Mirek Kaminski is a full-time professor in the field of ship and offshore structures. He graduated in 1980 from the Technical University of Szczecin (Poland) under the supervision of Professor Marian Kmiecik. Mirek then continued his research into the strength of ship and offshore structures, and in 1992, he received his doctorate from the Delft University of Technology, having defended his thesis on the cyclic compression of imperfect plates, which involved experimental and numerical investigations. Mirek’s promoter was Professor Hans Nibbering. Mirek went on to successfully develop advanced structural consulting at Nevesbu and helped move its naval consulting services towards the offshore industry. At Nevesbu, Mirek gained experience in practical design of ship and offshore structures. In 2000, he joined MARIN. His understanding of the uncertainties that designers face helped him to identify and initiate successful joint industry projects (JIPs). He initiated, carried out and managed large, international and multidisciplinary JIPs, such as Sloshel, Valid and Monitas. All of these JIPs involved complex and robust full-scale measurements. In 2011, when Mirek moved from MARIN to join TU Delft, he left a new, strong and prosperous hydro-structural services team. 

Mirek maintains a professional worldwide network including representatives from all marine stakeholders, including oil and gas companies, shipyards, operators, research institutes, universities and class societies. He is the chairman of the Dutch Society of Naval Architects and a member of ISOPE and SNAME. Mirek has been recognized by the International Ship & Offshore Structure Congress for three decades now, where he is the Dutch representative on the standing committee. His continuous professional development is in the field of ship and offshore structures, with a focus on fatigue, material and fabrication factors, hydro-structural interaction and ultimate strength. His ship and offshore structures team at TU Delft focuses on structural longevity and multiaxial fatigue. The research is facilitated by several JIPs, including Vomas, Adhesion, Flight, Renewable, Monitas-II, CrackGuard and 4D-fatigue. Mirek has published more than 30 papers in the field. 

Mirek’s mission at TU Delft is to combine fundamental and applied research with academic education. His education style involves the peer education developed by Professor Eric Mazur from Stanford University. Mirek supervises several PhD students and numerous Master’s graduate students.