Our mentors take on a central role in providing our team with knowledge and experience by sharing generously, openly and altruistically from their own experiences and careers. At Njord we will always push for you to be able to learn from the best while expanding your network.

Jan Onarheim

Innovation manager in Autonomous Systems at Department of Engineering Cybernetics
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Jan Onarheim has a MSc (cand.real) from 1978 from University of Bergen. He has worked for University of Bergen, NUI/NUTEC, Statoil (Equinor), Interconsult, SIVA and The Norwegian Research Council. He has been cofounder and CEO of Leksvik Industriell Vekst and Idletechs. He was the initiator of Spark NTNU, a low-treshold support organization for students that want to commersialize own ideas and FRAM (Students innovation centre). He is presently Innovation manager at the Department of engineering cybernetics, and deputy head  for innovation at the same department. He was the initiator of Njord.

Tom Arne Pedersen

Principal Researcher
DNV GL
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Tom Arne Pedersen has a MSc (2002) and PhD (2009) in Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has worked for Marine Cybernetics since 2008, holding positions as senior project engineer, R&D Manager Drilling Systems and Product Manager Drilling Systems. Marine Cybernetics was acquired by DNV GL in 2014 and Tom Arne Pedersen currently holds the position as Principle Researcher in DNV GL Group Technology and Research, working on a testing framework for autonomous navigation systems.



Stephanie Kemna

Software Engineer & Project Manager
Maritime Robotics
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Dr. Stephanie Kemna is a Software Engineer and Project Manager at Maritime Robotics. She obtained BSc and MSc degrees in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Groningen (2008), and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (2018), focusing on multi-robot strategies for adaptive informative sampling using autonomous underwater vehicles. From 2009-2012, she worked at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation. She has over 10 years of experience developing adaptive behaviors, autonomy and mission planning for aquatic robots, including AUVs and ASVs.

Frode Halvorsen

Cluster Manager
Ocean Autonomy Cluster
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Frode Halvorsen has a master's degree in strategy and business development from NTNU, in addition to a lector degree in natural sciences. Since March 2020 he has been the Cluster Manager for Ocean Autonomy Cluster situated in Trondheim. Frode has previously been working several years at NTNU with entrepreneurship education and innovation projects between industry and students. He has also been a part of several startups.

Øyvind Smogeli

COO / Co-founder
Zeabuz
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Øyvind holds a MSc and PhD from NTNU, received in 2002 and 2006 respectively. In 2006 he joined Marine Cybernetics, where he worked with developing technology and services for Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) testing of control systems in the maritime and offshore industries, holding positions as senior engineer, product manager, CTO, COO and CEO over a 10-year period. Marine Cybernetics was acquired by DNV GL in 2014, after which he held positions as Head of Department for Marine Cybernetics within Offshore Classification and Maritime Advisory. From 2017 to 2020 he was Program Director for Digital Assurance within DNV GL Group Technology and Research, where he worked with both the use of and the assurance of digital technologies and their applications. Since August 2020 Øyvind has been the COO and co-founder of Zeabuz, developing small, electric, autonomous ferries for urban waterways. Key research interests include autonomous systems, digital twins, modeling and simulation, and assurance of complex, digital assets.