PhD, Dr.h.c, Professor, is Master of Science from NTNU (NTH) in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has a doctoral degree in Computational Mechanics from University of California, Berkeley.
He became professor at NTNU at age 27 and thereafter positions as head of Division and head of Department at NTNU. During his professorship he spent sabbaticals at Universität Stuttgart, University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University. From 1986 he became president of Veritas Research AS and thereafter had position as Research Director in Det Norske Veritas. Ever since he left his full professorship at NTNU he has maintained an adjunct professorship at the same institution (Professor II). After retirement from DNV in 2008 he became visiting professor at Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea’s leading technical university, where he has been teaching Ocean Systems Innovation.
Through the years Bergan has built a world spanning network of academic and industrial research contacts; particularly within the field of computational mechanics. In addition to his extensive experience within teaching, research, and technology management his current interests focus on industrial innovation challenges within energy and environment. He is author of about 150 scientific papers, several textbooks, and has more than 15 patents and patent applications. He has been awarded the title of honorary doctor at Chalmers University. He has served on the board of several companies in Norway and abroad.