Mechanical Engineering

Prof Jeom-Kee Paik

Prof Jeom-Kee Paik

Professor of Marine Technology

Dept of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
5th Jan 2015

Research summary

Prof. Paik’s research interests include nonlinear structural mechanics, analysis, and design; advanced safety studies; limit-state-based design; structural reliability; quantitative risk assessment and management; health condition assessment and management; fire, explosion, collision, grounding, dropped object and impact engineering; corrosion assessment and management; structural longevity; inspection and maintenance and decommissioning; digital twins for lifetime healthcare of engineering structures. Prof. Paik has authored or co-authored more than 600 technical papers, including more than 350 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the author or editor of eight books: Ship-Shaped Offshore Installations: Design, Construction, Operation, Healthcare and Decommissioning, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2021; Advanced Structural Safety Studies with Extreme Conditions and Accidents, Springer, 2020; Engineering Dynamics and Vibrations: Recent Developments (with J. Jia), CRC Press, 2019; Ultimate Limit State Analysis and Design, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2018; Ship Structural Analysis and Design (with O. F. Hughes), SNAME, 2013; Condition Assessment of Aged Structures (with R. E. Melchers), CRC Press, 2009; Ship-Shaped Offshore Installations: Design, Building, and Operation (with A. K. Thayamballi), Cambridge University Press, 2007 and Ultimate Limit State Design of Steel-Plated Structures (with A. K. Thayamballi), John Wiley & Sons, 2003. Prof. Paik has also obtained more than 50 patents based on his research across a wide range of topics on the safety of engineering structures.

Teaching summary

 Special lectures on marine technology are provided.


Universite de Liege
Doctorate, Doctor Honoris Causa | 2012
Osaka University
Doctorate, Doctor of Engineering | 1987
Osaka University
Other higher degree, Master of Engineering | 1984


Dr Jeom-Kee Paik is Professor of Marine Technology at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London, UK, and an International Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Korea Academy of Science and Technology. He has served as the Director of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Research Centre of Excellence at Pusan National University, South Korea, since 2008. Prof. Paik is a Chartered Engineer of the UK Engineering Council, and a member of the Board of Trustees, the Council and the Publications Committee and a Fellow, Vice President and the Korean Branch chairman of the UK Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). He is also a member of the Fellows Committee, Awards Committee, Scholarship Committee and Marine Technology Advisory Committee and a Life Fellow and Vice President (International) of the US Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). Prof. Paik is an honorary professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, UK and at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China. He is the founder and director or chairman of numerous entities such as the International Centre for Advanced Safety Studies (ICASS), www.icass.center, and the Korea Ship and Offshore Research Institute (KOSORI), which since 2008 have been a Lloyd’s Register Foundation Research Centre of Excellence, Ships and Offshore Structures journal, and the International Conference on Ships and Offshore Structures - www.icsos.info.  Prof. Paik received the William Froude Medal from RINA (2015) and the David W. Taylor Medal from SNAME (2013). He was also awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Liège in Belgium (2012), and the Republic of Korea Order of Science and Technology Merit (2014). He has received numerous (15) best-paper awards and engineering prizes from the SNAME, the RINA, the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Naval Architects of Korea. He was awarded the Kyung-Ahm Prize (2013) from the Kyung-Ahm Education and Culture Foundation. The RINA created the Jeom Kee Paik Prize, which has been awarded annually since 2015 for the best paper on structures published by a researcher younger than 35 years of age.