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Focus on the IIW 2018 Houdremont Lecturer

19/07/2018
Each year a one- or two-day IIW International Conference is organised within the framework of the IIW Annual Assembly. The theme and structure of the conference are approved by the IIW upon recommendation by the Technical Management Board (TMB). The Houdremont Lecture is the opening keynote address at the IIW International Conference when held in an even-numbered year. The address in odd-numbered years is known as the Portevin Lecture.


Who is selected to present it? The Houdremont Lecture is presented by an eminent person with considerable knowledge about the scientific or technical field chosen as the theme of the International Conference. A significant part of the lecturer’s career will usually have been spent working in the field to be covered, marked also by several relevant publications. The Houdremont Lecturer is selected by the TMB on the basis of recommendations made by the Local Organising Committee. The lecture therefore mirrors the objectives of the IIW and falls within its scientific and technical scope as reflected by the work of the Working Units.

Who is it named after? The Houdremont Lecture pays tribute to the late Professor Edouard Houdremont of Germany whose brilliant career was tragically short after only five years of service in IIW. In 1954 Prof. Houdremont became Chair of the new Commission IX ‘Behaviour of Metals Subjected to Welding’ (C-IX), the result of the amalgamation of the former Commissions on weldability and brittle fracture. Under his chairmanship, C-IX issued recommendations concerning weldable steels which were to have a profound influence on specifications far beyond the circle of the IIW. Prof. Houdremont was an IIW Vice President and organiser of the 1957 Annual Assembly held in Essen, Germany but died in office shortly after. As a testament to his popularity as a gifted leader, scientist, industrialist and musician, as well as his singular charm as a man, Commission IX resolved to organise an annual lecture in his memory. This lecture is now incorporated into the IIW Annual Conference, and is commemorated with a plaque and certificate presented to the lecturer by the Head of the German Delegation.

Who is the 2018 Winner? Pratjojo Dewo, graduated as Mechanical Engineer in 1989 from Bandung Institute of Technology, and Master of science in Materials science & engineering from Univ of Florida USA in 1993. He has been working in various field of manufacturing industries particularly related to the production of heavy equipment products. He has held several key positions involving quality, project, production, planning and engineering roles.He is presently the President Director of PT Komatsu Indonesia which manufactures construction and mining equipment. His experiences and responsibilities cover the whole range of products such as hydraulic excavators, bulldozers, motor graders, off-highway dump trucks, its related components and cast steel products.
More information at https://www.iiw2018.com/houdremont-lecture/