Prof. Dr. Bettar Ould el Moctar | Ship Technology and Transport Systems

Personal Details

Professor Bettar el Moctar studied Naval Architecture at Hamburg University, where he graduated in 1997. During his Ph.D. studies at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, he focused on numerical methods, in the maritime context and worked as research associate in the department Fluid Dynamics & Ship Theory. In 2001, Professor el Moctar received his Ph.D. with the dissertation title "Numerical Computation of Fluid Forces on Manoeuvring Ships".

From 2000 until 2002, he took up the position of research scientist at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin. Following this position, he became a research scientist at Germanischer Lloyd/Hamburg in Strategic Research and Engineering Services. In 2008, Professor el Moctar was appointed as a full professor for "Ship Technology and Ocean Engineering" at the University of Duisburg-Essen, within the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Professor el Moctar is the editor of the journal "Ship Technology Research".


The chair aims to provide students with a profound knowledge in the fields of ship technology and ocean engineering. The academic curriculum of engineering with emphasis on "Ship Technology and Ocean Engineering" within the department "Mechanical and Process Engineering" of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences is based on the internationally accredited undergraduate and graduates programmes "Mechanical Engineering". The core areas of teaching are hydrodynamics and ship design, marine power plants as well as the structural design of ships and offshore constructions.

Due to the knowledge and skills obtained during their education in mechanical engineering and ship technology, graduates in this field are guaranteed attractive job opportunities, amongst others with shipyards, suppliers, shipping companies, classification societies, research institutes and enterprises operating in general mechanical engineering.

By involving various large maritime companies (shipyards, suppliers, classification societies, research centres, engineering consultants) in our curriculum and research projects, a tight link between the university and industry is ensured. On the occasion of lectures and events, students are given an opportunity to establish direct contacts with potential employers.


In research, the institute particularly concentrates on the fields of hydrodynamics and fluid-structure-interaction as well as the design of marine power plants and investigates in the field of ocean engineering. Students are given the chance to get involved in research projects and obtain practical experience in the institute’s own laboratory.