Structural Engineer, QinetiQ Space N.V. Apr 2011 - present
Additional activitiesDevelop analysis approaches, methodology and accompanying procedures and documentation – thereby ensuring compliance to all applicable standards (ECSS mainly)
E.g. Fracture Control Plan, Structural Verification Plan, but also documentation templates and actual subsequent analyses
Establish physical test procedures, follow-up on testing and generate test reports
Implement automation insofar as possible by creating macro’s using VBA for Word, Excel, FEMAP API’s, …
Involvement and familiarity with all phases of a project, from conception to launch
In my capacity as lead structural engineer I am responsible for verifying spacecraft, instrument and payload designs. This involves thorough and expansive analysis as well as rigorous testing. Evaluating a wide variety of different structures in a multitude of contexts allows me to continuously expand my technical understanding and apply myself in a sector which persistently challenges and fascinates me.
Technical Support Engineer, Olympus Belgium N.V. Nov 2010 – Apr 2011
Working for Olympus made me familiar with working in a service environment. The main objective of my function was to provide practical, theoretical and administrative support for Olympus’s Field Service Engineers.
BIS Industrial Services 2008
Nokia Concept Store 2007
Safmarine Computer Services 2004
The added value of engineering simulation throughout the product-development lifecycle of a mini-satellite
Paper presented at the NAFEMS World Congress held in San Diego, CA, USA in June of 2015
Master in Industrial Sciences in Electro Mechanics, De Nayer Institute 2006-2010
Master’s thesis: Redesign of mechanical parts in function of Selective Laser Melting (SLM) – This involved redesigning a burner head (for a quartz lamp production line) for Philips Lighting in Turnhout, Belgium.
Curriculum of studies:
During my studies I have gained a thorough understanding of these following subjects. (Listed in no particular order)
- Mechanical design - Electric energy (from distribution to machinery) - Stress Mechanics - Automation
- CAD/CAE/CAM - Production and quality techniques - Material sciences - Fluid mechanics
- Thermodynamics - Dynamics (stochastic, harmonic, transient…)
Dutch: mother tongue
English: fluent writing and speaking
French: good command written and spoken
German: basic knowledge
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook
NASTRAN (FEMAP), ESATAN, Mathcad, Pro.FILE (PDM), NASGRO, ESACRACK
PTC ProEngineer, ProMechanica, ProMesh (now Creo)
CSS, xHTML, LaTeX, mySQL, Visual Basic for Applications, FEMAP API
Used to work in a Linux (Debian) environment
Competences and interests
Drama and theatre at the music academy of Antwerp
Music, movies, computers, space, cars, airplanes, sports
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