Chief Scientist in the group Measurement Science at NORCE Technology, working on measurement technology and process monitoring in general, but with a particular focus on flow, quality and flow assurance related measurements. Lately, focus expanded to include measurements and data collection from the ocean. As Chief Scientist, Holstad is responsible for generation, execution, and management of projects in addition to ensuring scientific quality.
Holstad holds a Dr. Scient. degree in physics from the University of Bergen. Her core competence is on nucleonic measurement instrumentation, more specifically on the use of gamma rays for monitoring of various industrial processes.
Through more than 15 years in the research group, she has managed, and been involved in the management of, several competence building projects and innovation projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, a wide range of industry projects and international innovation projects. Currently, this includes being the Deputy Centre Director for SFI Smart Ocean, an SFI hosted by the University of Bergen with NORCE as one of the partners. For a long period she was also heavily involved in R&D project portfolio and personnel management, covering a wide range of technologies and application areas.
Starting with already with her Cand. Scient. thesis, she has focused on industry relevant research and innovation throughout her career. 3,5 years in the vendor industry, and memberships and activities in industry networks and groups such as the OG21 Technology Group 4 (Production, processing and transport) work group, the GCE Ocean Technology focus group for R&D and innovation, the board of the Underwater Technology Foundation and the Underwater Technology Conference program committee have also provided valuable insight to industry R&D challenges and priorities. The industrial focus has resulted in a range of confidential project reports, and two patents.