Andresen has a Master's degree (1973) in control
engineering from The Norwegian Institute of
Technology in Trondheim, Norway (in 1996 renamed
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
[NTNU]), and is a lecturer there since 1982
(tenure since 1984) teaching control systems -- in
earlier years mostly discrete control, signals and
systems theory, stochastic processes.
In the period 1973-1980, he held several
occupations, among them research assistant at the
university, and electrician in a shipbuilding
He led a hybrid vehicle demonstration project 1990
- 1991 (funded by SINTEF, see below), where a
Renault Espace was equipped with a parallel hybrid
drive system: compressed natural-gas as fuel for
the combustion engine and battery power for the
electric motor. He has written
and lectured on the topic of electric vehicles
on many occasions. He has in later years guided
student projects involving the Norwegian-produced
electric vehicle "Think" (sadly, the firm went
bankrupt and production was discontinued in 2011).
is the Norwegian contact and promoter for the SkyTran personal
rapid transit project: automatically guided
magnetically levitated modules for urban and
intercity transport of people (and goods).
He has also lectured and written on diverse topics
like application of systems theory to society,
national industrial policy, commercial
vs public service media, modern means of
traffic reduction in cities, long-term
future scenarios, alternative trade and
industrial policy. An important research interest
for him is modeling of social, political and
economic processes with tools from control and
systems theory. He is especially interested in the dynamics
of finance, money and debt. In the autumn
semester of 2008 he started a new course in (the
discipline that for control engineers is somewhat
confusingly called) System
Dynamics. This comes in addition to his
spring semester course in Control
Systems, which he has given since 1995.
has had two one-year sabbaticals, both in
Australia. He stayed in Sydney in 1997-1998,
working with Dr.
Steve Keen at the University of Western
Sydney on monetary macroeconomic modeling. The
next sabbatical was in 2003-2004 at the School of
Policy, Faculty of Business and Law, at the
University of Newcastle, cooperating with Dr.
James Juniper there, and also with Steve
Keen at the UWS. Dr. Keen and Dr. Juniper have
visited Trond at his department at NTNU for
several shorter stays over the last years.
Trond was in 1999 - 2001 an elected academic
representative on the board
of the NTNU.
In 2006 he
was awarded the 'SINTEF' prize for excellence in
teaching. (The prize is awarded annually to
one of the approximately 1400 teachers at the
with 2000 employeees, is Scandinavia's largest
technological research establishment, and is
co-located and cooperates with the NTNU.) Before
that he received the "Teacher of the year" 2005
prize at the university's Faculty of Information
Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering
Beside his academic occupation he has also worked
as a journalist. He was the founder, and also
free-time editor/reporter from 1982 to 1996, of a
non-commercial FM radio station in the city of
Trondheim (approx. 150 000 inhabitants). He has
also free-lanced in-between as a radio reporter
for the NRK (the public service Norwegian
Broadcasting Corporation) in the areas
news/current affairs, science, technology,
economy, politics. Trond is well versed in
microphones, acoustics, recording and editing
(technology), and gave courses on these topics
during his radio period.
He has used most of his life (besides university
work) for political activism and journalism,
writing in and for (mostly Norwegian) journals and
newspapers, doing radio programs or being
interviewed, debating in different societies, and
since 1992 also writing and debating on the
Internet. He also runs some net forums.
Trond is married for the second time. He has two
adult daughters from the first marriage, and two
small boys from the second (born in 2002 and
He is enjoys bicycling, but on recumbent bicycles.
He has two of those (of the German make HP
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I am a senior lecturer in Control
Engineering at the Norwegian University of
Science and Technology.
Pedaling my recumbent along the river
Nid in Trondheim, Norway.
With two sons.