Member of the Panel
Dr. Stijn Hertelé graduated in 2008 as a mechanical engineering from Gent University with the greatest distinction. His master thesis received an award for its contribution to the steel industry, which was granted by ArcelorMittal Ghent. He earned his PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the same university in 2012. Being affiliated to Soete Laboratory, his PhD research contributed to the strain based design of pipelines, with a focus on effects of material properties. Today, he is affiliated to Soete Laboratory as an assistant professor, continuing his research on pipeline integrity assessment. He teaches a master course on materials selection in design and guides students in projects related to machine design.
Stijn Hertelé has authored 20 scientific journal papers and over 50 conference papers on pipeline integrity. In 2013, he received the “Bill Maxey award” from PRCI, EPRG and APIA for a paper presented during their JTM in Sydney, and the “BIG award” from the BIG (a Dutch/Belgian Pipe Industry Guild, connecting around 60 companies involved with pipelines and piping). Further, he received the “Best Presentation Award” at Ghent University’s Engineering PhD symposium of 2010, and ended as a runner up for the Best Paper Award of the 9th International Pipeline Conference in Calgary (better known as IPC 2012).