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     Date Submitted:29-12-2010
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     Current job:Professor at University of Liege
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
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     KeywordsSpace program management - Space instruments - Space testing - Research Institute management -
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    Currently :                                    Professor (chargé de cours)

                                                         Astrophysics and Geophysics Department

                                                         University of Liege (B)

    1.   Key Words

     


    Management – Technological Research – High Technology Industry – Space Instruments – Optical Instruments

     

     

    2. Academic Cursus

     

    • Master in physics engineering,  ULg 1986
    • Ph D in physics engineering, ULg, 1999
    • Professor (chargé de cours) at the Astrophysics et Geophysics Department, ULg, 2008

     

     

    3.  Professionnal Cursus

     


    2007-2010 :     General Manager at Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL)

                           CSL = centre for space tests, space instrumentation and technological developments.

                           Experience in commercial management, operational management, strategy management of a self-funded research centre in permanent relation with industry.

                           Staff: 85 (60 % scientists).

                           Turn Over : 9 to 10 MEUR through external contracts.

                           Main Customers:

                           Institutional : European Space Agency, Belgian Federal Science Office (Belspo), Walloon Region, European Commission.

                           Foreign Space Industry : Thales Alenia Space (France), Astrium (France & Germany), Sagem (F), RUAG (CH), TNO (NL),…

                           Belgian Industry : TAS-ETCA, Spacebel, OIP, Qinetiq Space, AMOS, Sonaca, …

                           Foreign Institutes : NRL (USA), SwRI (USA), IAS (Orsay, F), LAM (Marseille, F), MPS (Lindau, Allemagne), MSSL (UK), …

                           Belgian Institutes and Research Centres :  Observatoire Royal de Belgique (Uccle), KULeuven, IMEC (Leuven), Sirris, …

     

    1990-2007 :     Management, engineering of space instruments projects (optics, mechanics, thermal, electronics…), management and interface with ESA and partners of international consortia.

                           Successively from 1990 to 2007:

                                 - Project engineer                    

                                 - System engineer

                                 - Project manager

                                 - Head of space instrumentation  business unit (1999-2007)

     

    1986-1990:    Research Engineer  at University of Liege (applied electricity, prof. W. Legros) – Numerical computation in CFD in SF6 circuit breakers. Work in collaboration with Merlin Gérin company (F).

     

     

     4.   Competences & Skills

     


    General Engineering :    mechanics, thermal, opics, opto-electronics

    Specialized Engineering :space projects, optics, cleanliness – optical contamination,  thermal vacuum, basic cryogeny, imaging detectors, …

    Management :                Marketing, offers preparation and verification, project management, team management, human resource management, operational management, use and exploitation of financial data, presentation to administration board

     

     

     5.   Specific Achievements

     

    Achievements as General Manager :

    • Management and implementation of a test campaign for a full scientific satellite (Planck for ESA) during 10 months in the Space Centre of Liege (CSL), including a cryo vacuum sequence of 62 days (24h/7d) on space flight hardware. Promotion of the event with a movie.
    • Re-organization of the Centre, strategic plan definition, investments plan, previsionnal turn over preparation.
    • Promotion and defense of the space centre inside the academic institution (University of Liege).
    • Team buiding inside a staff of 85 people, despite important restructurations in 2007.
    • Development of new technological activities inside the research centre (Technological activities at regional level, digital infrared holography for testing space antennas and aeronautical structures).
    • Regional and international promotion of the space centre. Visits and open days. Implementation of new communication channels and new web site. Periodic  press conferences
    • Preparation of the first biennial activity report of the centre.
    • Initialisation d’un projet d’une nouvelle Entité de Recherche Spatiale au sein de l’ULg.
    • Chair of Wallonie Espace association, participation to organization and public presentation of Space Days 2010 (Oct 2010).
    • Organization a public event for the 50 years of Spoutnik (Oct 2007).

     

    Achievements in Space Instrumentation :

    Strong involvement in many technical and scientific projects, all being in orbit and successfully operated (no failure).

    • 2004-2009 : Technical and scientific responsible for a Belgian space solar telescope (PM and PI of SWAP on Proba2) – author of the original proposal to ESA, selected by ESA and funded by Belspo, nominated Principal Investigator by ESA. This telescope has been designed and prepared by my teams at Centre Spatial de Liège. Success of the mission, after a launch in Nov-2009 and currently under operation.
    • Co-Investigator of LYRA, radiometer onboard PROBA-2 (ESA).
    • Associated to the preparation of an experimental solar panel for PROBA-2 (ESA).
    • International project manager for the development of the EUV imagers for the European mission Solar Orbiter (2006-2007).
    • Follow up and management of man local space projects STEREO (NASA), COROT (CNES), JWST (NASA-ESA), Herschel (ESA), JUNO (NASA).
    • Project manager of a camera telescope (OMC) for the INTEGRAL gamma ray observatory (ESA).
    • Project Manager of a telescope for a sounding rocket (EIT Calroc, NASA).
    • System Engineer for the  EIT Telescope developed at CSL (1990-1995), operated during 15 years after launch in 1995.

     

    Achievements in Technlogical Activities :

    • 1999-2005 : study and development of an optical concentrator for space solar arrays, 2 patents and in-orbit demonstrator on the Proba 2 satellite.
    • 2006-2007 Responsible of the activities at CSL for the regional project "Avion Plus Composite"  in the frame of the “Plan d'Actions Prioritaires pour l'Avenir Wallon” (Plan Marshall).
    • Development of new technological activities (space coatings, microfabrication, solar technologies) inside the space centre, in the frame of the Walloon technological clusters, the FEDER and INTERREG programmes.

     

    6.    Mandates

     

    • 2007 - … : Advisor at the Belgian delegation at Space Science Committee of ESA (SPC).

     

    • 2008-2009 : Administrator of the Wallonie Espace association joining together 30 companies and research centres in the space domain in Wallonia.
    • 2010 : Chairman of Wallonie Espace.

     

    • 2008-2010 : Administrator at the regional technological cluster SKYWIN, administrator of Wallonia Space Logistics SA, and administrator of OPTRION SA.

     

    • 2007- … : Administrator of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Liège-Verviers

     

     

    7.    Academic Activities

     


     

    8.    Patents and Publications

     

    • 2 patents on optical space concentrators for photovoltaic cells.
    • Author and co-author of more than 85 papers and congress communications. Detailed list availalble here.  Partly on line at orbi.ulg.ac.be, with  a summay report.
    • Many presentations of the activities of the space centre to general public and specialized audience.

     

    9. Languages

    • French (native)
    • English


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