EuraSEM's Council

The council, containing 21 members, is mandated by the GA to implement the decisions of the General Assembly (GA), to audit the activities of all the committees of the Society, and to ensure that officers, committees and organization mechanisms are in place for the Society to meet its main objectives. The council elects the President; the two Vice-Presidents; the Secretary and the Treasurer.

The 14 regular council members of EuraSEM are:

Nikolaos Alexopoulos

Assistant Professor, Aegean University, Greece   

Prof. N. Alexopoulos received his Ph.D. (2004) in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics from the University of Patras, Greece and conducted Post-Doctoral research (2005-2007) at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece regarding the structural integrity degradation of aeronautical aluminum alloys and structures due to corrosion. He has been a Research Associate at the Research and Development Department of Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) (2007 to 2010) gaining valuable Industrial experience. In 2012 he was elected at the University of the Aegean where he still serves as Assistant Professor of Mechanics of Materials. His research interests lies within the sector of experimental mechanics, mechanical behavior of engineering materials, fracture mechanics, casting of aluminum alloys, corrosion of aluminum alloys and steels, nanomaterials and nanocomposites. He has published more than 50 papers in scientific journals, presented more than 100 papers in conference proceedings and participated in more than 20 National and European research projects. He is an elected member of Board of Directors of the Greek Society of Experimental Mechanics of Materials (GSEMM) as well as of the European society for Experimental Mechanics (EURASEM).

Sven Bossuyt

Professor, Aalto University, Finland  

My main interests in research and teaching are the science of engineering materials, the physics of metals, and the mechanics of materials, as well as interdisciplinarity in science and engineering. Particular research topics I have worked on as a full-time researcher have been to investigate the deformation behaviour and processing of bulk metallic glasses, to relate inverse problem methodologies in experimental mechanics to inverse problems of interest in mathematics, and to develop next-generation digital image correlation methods for full-field measurements of localised deformations.

Dario Croccolo

Professor, University of Bologna, Italy

Prof. D. Croccolo is employed at the University of Bologna since 1995 and became full professor of Machine Design in 2016. Since 1996 has been in charge of the DIN Library, and in 2007 he was made Director of the Italian Design Summer School: art, society and industry.  He is one of the Associate Editors of the journal “Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science” from 2015, and, later, Deputy Editor from 2018. His research activity is mainly focused on the following fields: shaft-hub connection, threaded connection, friction coefficient definition, fatigue behaviour of materials, adhesive bolted and interference fit joints (hybrid joints). On the fourth of July, 2018 he received the EuraSEM ‘Robert Hooke’ award. Finally, he is the author of more than 180 publications of which 82 are included in ISI or SCOPUS databases.

Marc Georges

Professor, Liège University & Space Center Liège, Belgium 

Dr. Marc Georges holds a master in physics from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium since 1990. He works at the Space Center of Liege since 1990. He worked on several project on development of innovative dynamic holographic interferometer for aerospace nondestructive testing and passed his PhD thesis on that subject in 1998. After that he developed different project in coherent imaging and optical metrology. He is leader of the Laser and NDT laboratory since 2006. He developed further activities in coherent optical metrology and nondestructive testing, in relationship with aerospace industries. In particular, he led new researches in holography at long infrared wavelengths, and more recently in Terahertz waves. Besides this, he developed a more complete laboratory for NDT with various non-contact methods, such as thermography and laser ultrasonics. He has written typically 3 book chapters devoted to holographic nondestructive testing. He is Senior Member of SPIE and OSA.

Constantine (Costas) G. Fountzoulas

Dr., US Army Research Laboratory, Maryland USA  

Dr. Fountzoulas received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, and Diploma in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from NTU, Athens, Greece. He is a full time employee of US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland USA. For many years he led the coating program of ARL, in synthesizing and characterizing diamond-like carbon (DLC) films, ferroelectric films and ion implantation of cutting tools and medical applications. For the past 10 years he is the lead modeling expert for transparent armor technologies. He has over eight years of experience in predicting ballistic performance of laminates. Since 1996 he has been an adjunct associate professor at School of Engineering, Widener University, Chester, PA, where he has is teaching various undergraduate and graduate courses. He also taught at Northeastern and Tufts University, Boston, MA. He worked at a startup company in Boston, MA on synthesis of C-BN (Cubic-Boron Nitride) coating as a replacement of diamond coating for cutting tools of ferrous materials and in blast furnace and electric furnace for production of ferrochrome alloys (Greece).

Johan Hoefnagels

Professor, University of Eindhoven, Netherlands    

 Johan Hoefnagels is associate professor at Mechanical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. His research focuses on experimental micromechanics of ‘thin films and interfaces’, studying the systems’ micro-mechanics through integration of mechanical-microscopic characterization of underlying micro-mechanisms, such as damage and fracture, and integrate coupling of simulations to experiments. Research topics include interface delamination, damage mechanics, size effects, flexible & stretchable electronics, and MEMS. Johan has (co-)authored >80 journal publications and >100 refereed proceedings/book contributions, has given >100 (>30 invited) presentations at international conferences, and organized >10 mini-symposia. He gained international research experience during extensive international visits to IMEC, SUNY, NIST, CSM, and Harvard. He is associate editor of the Journal ‘Strain’ (impact factor 2.2) and Dutch representative of ESIS.

Zbigniew L. Kowaleswski


 Professor Z. Kowalewski graduated from the Faculty of Mechanics, Warsaw University of Technology (1981). The Ph.D. and habilitation he received at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPPT PAN) in 1988 and 1997, recpectively. In 2008, he  was nominated by president of Poland as full Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He was the British Council Fellow from 1992 to 1993 at the University of Manchester. Professor Zbigniew Kowalewski is appointed at the  IPPT PAN since 1985, he also worked at the Warsaw University of Technology from 1997 to 2010. Since 2011 he is a Head of the  Department of Experimental Mechanics at IPPT PAN. From 2015 to 2019 he was the President of the Polish Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. From 2019 he has been elected as the President of the Scientific Council of IPPT PAN. He is the Vice-president of EuraSEM. His 35 years research work experience is mainly devoted to: plasticity, creep, fatigue, experimental methods in solid mechanics, modelling of creep constitutive equations. He is an author or co-author of more than 380 papers published in well known international journals and conference proceedings, 14 books, and 8 patents.

Luciano Lambert

Professor Politecnico di Bari, Italy  

L.  LAMBERTI is a professor of Mechanical Design in the Dipartimento di Meccanica, Matematica and Management of the Politecnico di Bari (Italy). He works on Structural Optimization, Experimental Mechanics, Bioengineering, nanosciences/Nanotechnology with specialization in specializes in optical methods and hybrid methodologies for material characterization. Of mention, his researches on human umbilical cord biomechanics, optical super-resolution, measurement of strain fields at the atomic level, structural behavior of cell membranes, micro/nano-manipulation with optical resonators. He authored some 200 technical papers (90 in ISI journals and book chapters). He received the Fylde Electronics Prize for the best paper published in 2010 in the Strain journal and for the best presentation at the ICADET 2017 conference. Reviewer for some 60 international journals. Editorial Board member or Associate Editor of seven international journals and Guest Editor of three Special Issues. Expert Evaluator for the FP7 and Horizon 2020 EU Programs. Prof. Lamberti chaired the Optical Methods technical division of SEM in 2016-2018 and is a EURASEM Board member since 2016.

Jean-Noël Périé


Jean-Noël Périé passed the Aggregation in 1994, obtained his Master 2 in 1995 and his PhD from ENS Cachan entitled “Damage meso-modelling of a 2.5D C/C composite” in 2000. He obtained his HDR (Accreditation to Direct Research) from Paul Sabatier University on “Digital images and mechanics of composite materials and biological tissues” in 2010. He is currently an associate professor at the Paul Sabatier University where he teaches Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Sciences and Photomechanics. He is conducting his research at the Clément Ader Institute in the “Metrology, Identification, Control and Monitoring” group, where he heads the “Identification and Control of Thermal and Mechanical Properties” team.  His main interests are the experimentation/simulation dialogue and the identification of constitutive parameters based on full field measurements. He has also been involved in the development of several measurement techniques such as DIC, DVC, Stereo-DIC, etc.

Erman Tekkaya

Professor, TU Dortmund, Germany

Dr. A. Erman Tekkaya is currently professor and the director of the Institute for Metal Forming and Lightweight Components (IUL) at the Technische Universität Dortmund in Dortmund/ Germany. His research interests cover fundamentals and technology of novel metal forming processes as well as material characterization for modelling the material behavior during plastic deformations. Some of the current research projects are on thermo-mechanical sheet forming processes, profile bending, hot extrusion, impact extrusion, damage-controlled metal forming, the plane torsion test, remote material testing and metal forming including augmented reality applications.  Dr. Tekkaya is fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM). He is Editor-in-Chief of the CIRP Annals and the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology (JMPT). He is member of the Board of Trustees of the German Research Association for Steel Application (FOSTA). Dr. Tekkaya is currently the Chairman of The German Metal Forming Association (AGU).

Rachel Tomlinson

Professor,University of Sheffield, UK

 Rachel Tomlinson is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sheffield in the UK, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Her research is in the area of experimental mechanics, primarily in the development and use of optical instruments to measure strain. She has expertise in Photoelasticity, Thermoelastic Stress Analysis, Digital Image Correlation, and Experimental Fracture Mechanics, using these techniques for a wide variety of applications including (i) Novel coatings for full-field strain measurement in aerospace; (ii) Damage assessment of CFRP and fast-curing composites; (iii) Electrofusion Couplers for Thermoplastic Pipes; (iv) Modelling, materials and methods for needle insertion investigation in biomechanics; (v) Measurement and analysis of the properties of bone cement and (vi) Photoelasticity for dental applications.

Anastasios Vassilopoulos

Professor, EPFL, Switserland

 Dr Anastasios P Vassilopoulos is currently a Senior Scientist (MER) at the Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLab) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, (EPFL), Switzerland. Anastasios worked for his Master’s Degree at the University of Bristol, UK and obtained his PhD from the University of Patras, Greece where he also worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. His areas of research include experimental methods for the study of the behavior of composite materials under static and fatigue loading, development of fatigue life prediction methodologies for composite materials and structures under variable amplitude complex stress states and design of constructions with composite materials”.

Yoshida Sanichiro

Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University, USA

 Sanichiro Yoshida received his undergraduate and graduate educations in the field of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Keio University, Japan. During this period, he had the opportunity to work as a student researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. Under the supervision of Dr. Author V. Phelps, he conducted research in gaseous electronics. From this experience, he learned basics of scientific research.  After receiving a PhD in 1986 from Keio University, he has conducted experimental and theoretical research on various topics, including developments and applications of lasers, optical interferometry, optical and acoustical characterization of material strength, and deformation and fracture of solids. His recent research interest is focused on development of a wave theory of deformation and fracture of solids. Currently, he is a Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University where he enjoys research with students. When not doing science, he will be found on the Judo mats or tennis courts on campus.

Wei-Chung Wang

Professor, Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Professor Wei-Chung Wang received his Ph. D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University in 1985.  He is now a professor in the Department of Power Mechanical Engineering of the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, Republic of China. Professor Wang is the fellow and the former President of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).  His recent research interests include experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, thermal stresses, precision optical measurement and nondestructive testing.  Professor Wang has been an active participant and session/symposium organizer of the International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, the flagship international conference organized by EURASEM since 1991. Professor Wang is the recipient of the Pericles Theocaris Award, EURASEM in 2016. He is also the recipient of the Zandman Award and Tatnall Award of SEM in 2015.

The President of the next and past ICEM-conference and the chair of the Technical Committees and affiliated societies are the 4 members by right: 

Elżbieta A. Pieczyska,

Professor, IPPT, Poland  

PhD DSc., Institute of Fundamental Technological Research IPPT PAN. Head of Division for Applied Thermomechanics. JSPS Fellow and Invited Professor i.a. at the AIT, Toyota, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Tsukuba University, NIMS; Japan. ICEM regular participant since Oxford 1998. EuraSEM member since 2004.

She has been involved in experimental mechanics since 1980 including mechanical testing in wide spectra of the strain rates, acoustic emission, infrared thermography, thermomechanical couplings, digital image correlation and material structure analysis. She was working on stainless, DP and TRIP Steels, Shape Memory Alloys, Polymers and Composites, recently on innovative Ti alloy – Gum Metal. She was coordinated national and international projects ranging from measurements for experimental mechanics, material and thermomechanical couplings.Author of 1 monograph, 2 books, 4 book chapters and around 160 papers published in highly ranked  scientific journals. Honored by the EuraSEM Merit of Award in 2018.

Danny Van Hemelrijck

Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium 

Danny Van Hemelrijck received a  M.S in Civil Engineering (1984), a second M.S. in Computer Science (1987) and a Ph.D. in applied Sciences (1992) form the ‘Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)’, Belgium. After a short period as postdoctoral researcher,  he was appointed in 1996 professor at the department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions (MeMC) of the ‘Vrije Universiteit Brussel’, Belgium. His main research interests include the  mechanical characterisation of fibre reinforced material systems under complex loading conditions, Thermoelastic Stress Analysis and damage characterisation using different NDT-techniques. He has co-authored over 150 peer reviewed journal papers and over 200 conference papers on topics related to his research interests. He co-organised the conference series on ‘Emerging Technologies in NDT’ and organised the 18th edition of the ‘International Conference of Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18)’ in Brussels, Belgium in 2018. In 2008 he joined the European Society of Experimental Mechanics (EuraSEM) as member of the executive council (permanent secretary) and since July 2018 is acting as president

Leslie Banks-Sills

Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Leslie Banks-Sills is a Professor Emerita at Tel Aviv University.  She serves on the editorial boards of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, International Journal of Fracture and International Journal of Structural Integrity.  Among the awards she has received is an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University in 2014 and a Life-time Achievement Award from EuraSEM in 2018.  In addition, she was a Vice President of EuraSEM from 2008 to 2018.Her research interests include the use of analytical, numerical and experimental methods to treat fracture problems which include homogeneous materials, bonds, interfaces and composites. In particular, recently she and her group have been examining the propagation of delaminations in cross-ply and woven composites. She has published over 100 papers in international journals and published two books.  The last is Interface Fracture and Delaminations in Composite Material. Springer, The Netherlands (2018).  In Google Scholar, she has 3,720 citations and an h-index of 34.

J.F. Silva Gomes

Professor Emeritus, UPorto, Portugal  

Professor J.F. Silva Gomes obtained his graduation in Mech. Eng. from the University of Porto in 1971, followed by an MSc and a PhD degrees at UMIST/UK. He worked at U. Porto for more than 40 years, where his teaching and research interests were mainly related to Solid Mech., Impact and Exp. Mech.. He was president of INEGI-Inst. of Mech. Eng. for more than 12 years, and was V-P of LAETA (Assoc. Lab.of Energy, Transport and Aeronautics) from 2006 to 2012. Retired from his position as Full-Professor since 2011, he still continues to give a regular contribution to the U. Porto and INEGI, as Project Manager, Scientific Adviser and Conference Organiser. He was awarded the position of Emeritus Professor of U. Porto in March 2016. He is currently Pres. of APAET-Portuguese Soc. for Exp Mech., and member of the EURASEM Council. He is also member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design (Springer) and of the Experimental Mechanics Review (APAET).

The 3 co-opted council members are:

Mario A.P. Vaz

Professor, University of Porto, Portugal  

Was born in Bragança, northeast of Portugal, in August 1961; Obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (UP) in 1984; Holds a PhD in laser interferometry techniques applied to experimental mechanics, from the UP, since 1995. Since 2011 he is professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, UP; where he is head of the Laboratory of Optics and Experimental Mechanics (LOME) since 2000. He has been a researcher at INEGI since its foundation, where he coordinates several research and development projects with the industry. He was president of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics from 2009 until 2013, and also elected President of the EURASEM for the period from 2016 to 2018.

Gonzalo Ruiz

Professor, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain  

Professor of Materials Science and Civil Engineering of the Univ. of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain. His research focuses on the mechanical behavior of civil engineering materials, mainly concrete and fiber reinforced concrete. His current research projects deal about fatigue and dynamic fracture of steel-fiber reinforced concrete, in which he is using CT-scanning to quantify fatigue damage and an impact machine together with a high-speed camera and digital correlation techniques to record fracture crack propagation. Prof. Ruiz joined the Permanent Council (PC) of EuraSEM in 2005, as representative member of Spain in the Society. He was appointed Treasurer of EuraSEM in 2008, during the meeting of the PC held in Lausanne. He received the “Award of Merit” of EuraSEM “for his outstanding contributions to the field of Experimental Mechanics and for his work devoted to the advancement of the European Society for Experimental Mechanics as Treasurer” during ICEM16.

Francisco A. Diaz

Professor, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain 

Prof. Díaz gained the degree in Mechanical engineering at University of Málaga (Spain) in 2001 and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield (UK). After a few years period at industry as R&D engineering, Prof. Díaz joined the University of Jaen in 2006. He has been involved in experimental mechanics since 2000. His fields of research are fatigue and fracture mechanics, new experimental techniques for stress and strain measurement, impact analysis, vibration analysis, composite structures, infrared thermography and material testing. He has been involved in national and international projects on thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA), digital image correlation, crack shielding and vibration analysis. He is author of more than 50 papers published in highly ranked scientific journals in the field of experimental mechanics.