The executive council

is responsible for the daily implementation of strategic directions and policies decided/approved by the council and for establishing and maintaining good governance practices.

EuraSEM’s Executive Committee

Zbigniew Kowalewski


Prof. 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 Univ. of Manchester.  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 and elected as the President of the Scientific Council of IPPT PAN in 2019. 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.

Dario Croccolo


Prof. D. Croccolo has been employed at the University of Bologna since 1995 and became a 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 and in 2021, he was made Director of the Industrial Engineering For Advanced Automotive. He was one of the Associate Editors of the journal “Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science” from 2015 to 2017. Later, he was nominated Deputy Editor in 2018. His research activity mainly focuses on the following fields: shaft-hub connection, threaded connection, friction coefficient definition, the fatigue behaviour of materials, adhesive bolted and interference fit joints (hybrid joints), and additively manufactured components. On the fourth of July, 2018, he received the EuraSEM ‘Robert Hooke’ award. Finally, he is the author of more than 200 publications, of which 112 are included in ISI or SCOPUS databases.

J.F. Silva Gomes


Professor Emeritus, J.F. Silva Gomes obtained his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto in 1971, followed by an MSc (1974) and a PhD (1977) degrees in Mechanical Engineering at UMIST/University of Manchester (United Kingdom). He has been working at U. Porto for more than 40 years, where his teaching and research interests were mainly related to Solid Mechanics, Impact and Experimental Mechanics. He was also involved in the creation of INEGI-Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management, having been its President for more than 12 years, and was Vice-President of LAETA (Associate Laboratory for the areas of Energy, Transport and Aeronautics) from 2006 to 2012. Retired from his position as Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering since March 2011, he still continues to give a regular contribution to the University of Porto and INEGI, as Project Manager, Scientific Adviser and Conference Organiser (co-chair of IRF and M2D conferences series, since 1999, chair of CLME congress series, since 1999, and chair of ICEM10/15/20 EuraSEM conferences). He was awarded the position of Emeritus Professor of the University of Porto in March 2016. Joaquim Silva Gomes is currently Emeritus Professor of FEUP (University of Porto), Honorary Member of APAET (Portuguese Society for Experimental Mechanics), Vice-President of EURASEM (European Society of Experimental Mechanics), and adviser of the A3ES (Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior). He is/was member of the Editorial/Advisory Boards of several scientific journals: International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering (ISP), International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design (Springer) and Experimental Mechanics Review (APAET), among others.

Blazej Skoczen


Professor Błażej Skoczeń (full professor since 2008). Born on December 26, 1960. During more than three decades of research work (since 1984) he worked at the Cracow University of Technology (CUT). In 1992 he became an intern at the Vienna University of Technology, and in 1993 he took an internship at the Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan. In 1994, he took an EU founded internship at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva), and during the period 1998-2005 he became an associate and then full-time employee of CERN, where he headed one of the teams working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In 2006, he worked at the French Institute of Advanced Mechanics (Institut Français de Mécanique Avancée, IFMA) in Clermont-Ferrand as visiting professor. Professor Skoczeń is heading since 2007 the Centre for Particle Accelerators Design at the Cracow University of Technology, and in 2009 he became head of the Institute of Applied Mechanics at CUT. In 2010, he obtained the position of full professor, and in 2012 he became member of the Senate of CUT. Since 2007 he is member, and since 2016 vice-chairman of the Committee of Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS). In 2013 he became head of the Section of Solid Mechanics at the Institute of Applied Mechanics of CUT. Since 2013 he is member of the Committee of Evaluation of Scientific Units in Poland, and in 2019 he took the position of chairman of the Science Evaluation Commission at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. He is member of the scientific committees of numerous conferences, and member of editorial boards of two JCR scientific journals.In 2017 he was appointed member of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM, Udine). Also, he is chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Polish Congress of Mechanics, PCM-CMM-2019. Professor Skoczeń participated in many projects worldwide (LHC, FAIR, EUROnu, TIARA), and headed several research projects in Poland. He is the author of more than 150 publications, books, reports and scientific studies, including three individual monographs, one of them published by Springer-Verlag. His research is focused on solid mechanics, thermodynamics and solid state physics, in particular constitutive modelling of materials for extremely low temperatures.

Danny Van Hemelrijck


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 between July 2018 and July 2022 he acted as president.