Yordan Garbatov is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Marine Technology and Engineering at IST in the area of Ship Structures.  He graduated as a Naval Architect from the University of Varna in 1986 and concluded his PhD. degree at IST in the area of Fatigue Reliability and Reliability-Based Maintenance Planning.  He has published about 130 scientific papers. He has worked on aspects related with maintenance planning and is now looking at the structural design of floating structures for renewable energy.