Meet our colleagues

Vegard Bentsen, Engineering Analyst

I graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2007 with a M. Sc. in applied physics. After that I moved back to the area where I grew up in Northern Norway, as I wanted to spend some time there while applying for jobs. It was unlikely that I would stay, as there were few relevant jobs in the region around Rognan. However, I came across an article in the local newspaper about Validus Engineering opening a new office in Rognan. I made a few inquiries and soon found that the hiring process was both short and un-complicated.

The learning curve was quite steep as my physics education wasn’t focused on structural mechanics. My background from numerical physics in combination with experienced and helpful colleagues, made it possible to get up to speed with FEA and specifically ANSYS relatively quickly.

Typical day to day work includes: setting up analyses, evaluating results, improving models or scripts, making presentations, writing reports, reviewing the work of colleagues (QA), estimating time, making task descriptions, and communications with customers. Although most tasks are performed individually, they frequently involve discussions with colleagues often situated at other locations.

Martin Orphanides, Senior CFD Engineer

I have an MS in Mechanical Engineering. My thesis was based on experimental research I did in a supersonic wind tunnel. Even though I have an experimental background, the fact that it has to do with flows made the transition to CFD quite natural.

At my previous company I was a user of a CFD software package that VE was a re-seller of. I attended a class at VE and contacted VE regularly for support. Once my contract ended at the previous company it seemed natural to see if VE might be interested in hiring me. The rest is history.

I like to be challenged with problems that are difficult to solve. Also, by the time I have finished a project I like to feel like I have learned something new and that I mastered the challenge that was presented to me.

VE is a great place to work because there are many opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects, and the people I work with are highly skilled and motivated. A typical day at VE involves reviewing analysis results, and setting up new ones. There is usually a fair bit of discussion with colleagues, and writing project reports. It is simply a great place to acquire a wealth of experience and knowledge in numerical simulations.

Sebastian Borgström, Engineering Designer

I first heard about Validus Engineering through a friend of mine who is also an employee at Validus, he told me about the exciting work they were doing and that he thought the company would be perfect for someone with my background and interests. My background includes a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. While studying my main focus was towards courses related to product development and numerical simulations. After learning more about Validus I agreed with my friend and was ultimately very happy to get a chance to work in an environment with so much experience in both of these areas.


During an ordinary day at Validus I spend the majority of my time working in one or another 3D CAD software. I often get to switch between different software depending on our customer’s wishes. The work I do on a daily basis can be anything from creating 3D models for our CSM department to creating drawings or doing mechanical design. I also spend my time in meetings with my co-workers or writing on presentations and creating different reports.

At Validus Engineering I get to work in a stimulating environment with experienced and friendly co-workers. A very structural and professional way of working together with a shared focus towards improving keeps me motivated and make sure I enjoy my work.