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Plenary Speakers

Short introductions of the plenary speakers at ASST 2023.

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Prof. Gerald S. Frankel

Gerald S. Frankel is Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at The Ohio State University. He obtained a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (1985), and has been a member of faculty at Ohio State since 1995. He is a fellow of ASM International, NACE International, and the Electrochemical Society, and serves as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the Electrochemical Society and Corrosion. He has received several major international awards in corrosion field: Olin Palladium Award by ECS (2021), W.R. Whitney Award from NACE International (2015), U.R. Evans Award from the UK Institute of Corrosion (2011), and H.H. Uhlig Award by ECS Corrosion Division (2010). His primary research interests are: passivation and localized corrosion of metals and alloys, corrosion inhibition, protective coatings, atmospheric corrosion.

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Prof. Herman Terryn

Herman Terryn is a Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Faculty of Engineering, Research Group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering. He was the Head of Department of Materials and Chemistry (2017-2022). He is also part time Professor in Corrosion Technology and Electrochemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, TU-Delft, The Netherlands, part time Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Faculté de Science, Belgium, Honorary Professor at USTB, Beijing, China, and a Fellow of Chinese Corrosion Association. He has published extensively and supervised a large number of PhD students. He is a well-known expert in surface treatments and corrosion of aluminum, and is the founder of the ASST symposium. He has received many national and international awards including Eu-Award European Federation of Corrosion (2014) and H.H Uhlig Award by ECS Corrosion Division (2017).

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Prof. Christine Blanc

Christine Blanc is a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Toulouse University, and a researcher in Cirimat. She is President of the Committee “Stress corrosion cracking/hydrogen embrittlement” and of the Scientific and Technical Committee of Cefracor. She is also the Chair of WP5 “Environment Sensitive fracture” of European Federation of Corrosion (EFC). She has published extensively and supervised 32 PhD students. She has received international and national awards including the FEMS Lecturer Award from the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS, 2006), the Constellium Prize (2013) from the French Academy of Science for her research work on aluminum alloys, and Bastien & Guillet Medal from the French Society of Metallurgy and Materials (SF2M, 2021) for Materials Science Education. She is a well-known expert in corrosion of metallic materials, stress-corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement.

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Prof. Geoff Scamans

Geoff Scamans is a Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University and the Chief Scientific Officer of Innoval Technology Limited. He obtained his PhD (1974) in Metallurgy from Imperial College. He worked for Alcan in their Banbury research laboratory from 1970 to 2003 and from then at Innoval Technology and Brunel University. Geoff's remarkable record of internationally acclaimed, multidisciplinary research spans several decades and covers various aspects of aluminium alloys, and he has published over 160 scientific papers in a wide range of subject areas relating to the microstructure, performance and recycling of aluminium alloys. He also was awarded the IOM3 Gold Medal in 2019 for his outstanding contribution to aluminium metallurgy and the industry.

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Prof. Martin Jarrett

Martin Jarrett is the Global Technical Director of the Automotive Structures & Industry business unit of Constellium is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining. Martin was also chairman of the Light Metals Division of the Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining for 14 years and the Technical Director of the Constellium University Technology Centre at Brunel University London.  

Martin has an extensive background in Aluminium products across a wide range of sectors including aerospace and automotive, having worked for Alcan, British Aluminium, Alcoa, Sapa and now Constellium in a number of senior technical roles in both R&D and operations over a 36 year career in the industry.

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Prof. Iris de Graeve

Prof. dr. ir. Iris De Graeve is a key member in the Research Group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering of VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, mainly active on surface properties and engineering of metals, including additive manufactured alloys, recycled metals, etc. She focusses on surface characterisation and surface treatments to create good corrosion resistance and other functional properties. She studies the corrosion mechanisms and the performance of the materials. In this field, she has both fundamental and industrial research projects. The research on additive manufacturing originates from an industrial collaboration for aerospace applications.

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Dr. Asensio Zapata

Dr. Asensio Zapata is a Senior Expert in Space Systems, specialized in materials and processes. He has worked more than 32 years in space systems and is now working at AIRBUS Defence & Space in AIRBUS Group. He has served as material and process engineer and manger, responsible for new technology implementation in telecom, earth observation and scientific satellites. His main functions include coordination and harmonisation at multisite-level qualifications of materials and processes, R&D, process improvement, support to design department in corrosion prevention, surface engineering, materials selection, etc.

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Dr. Malgorzata Halseid

Malgorzata Halseid is a Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager in R&D center of Hydro Aluminium, Primary Metal, Norway. Malgorzata holds PhD in chemistry in the area of electroanalytical chemistry from Warsaw University. She has an broad experience from different research institutes within electrocatalysis in fuel cell application as well as corrosion in oil and gas and CO2 transport. She joined Hydro in 2015 and since then works on corrosion and surface treatment projects, within anodizing and powder coating. Main focus of her studies is the effect of recycling and increased concentration of trace elements on corrosion and surface treatment of extruded profiles.