Kenneth Ruud


  • Prorector of research and development at the University of Troms|The Arctic University of Norway, August 1 2013
  • Director of the Center of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, a Norwegian Center of Excellence, 2007-2013
  • Head of the Department of Chemistry, University of Troms 2005-2007
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Troms, 2002-present
  • Associate professor (frsteamanuensis), Department of Chemistry, University of Troms, 2001-2002 { Postdoctoral researcher at University of Troms (awarded by the Norwegian Research Coun- cil) 2000-2001
  • Postdoctoral researcher at San Diego Supercomputer Center/University of California at San Diego (awarded by the Norwegian Research Council) 1998-2000
  • Assistant lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, 1993-1998

Research interests

  • The development of new computational methods for the calculation of molecular properties, in particular linear and nonlinear properties involving mixed electric and magnetic fields, as well as perturbations due to nuclear distortions.
  • The understanding of linear and nonlinear magnetic and chiroptical properties of molecules.
  • Small effects on molecular properties, such as vibrational corrections, solvent effects, and relativistic corrections using a variety of approaches.
  • Vibronic effects on molecular properties.
  • Multiwavelets as basis functions in quantum chemical calculations.

Engineering and computing in the Artic: Challenges and opportunities

Kenneth Ruud

University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway


There is an increased interest, politically as well as economically, for the Arctic region due to the abundance of natural resources identified, including minerals, renewable energy sources as well as petroleum resources. This interest is driven by changes in climate making new areas accessible for exploration, and opening e.g. for new transport routes. Nevertheless, the harsh climate, the sparse population and the long distances in the Arctic present new challenges for personnel, infrastructure, equipment and search and rescue operations that must be addressed.
In this talk, I will briefly summarize a few of the many opportunities offered by the arctic, and discuss some of particular the challenges that need to be addressed when moving engineering activities and infrastructure further north. I will also discuss the recent activities of UiT The Arctic University of Norway in providing green computing resources with minimal environmental impact.