The IIW Young Professionals Community worldwide

IIW is a place where young and seasoned professionals from over 50 countries worldwide come together to collaborate and share knowledge. Our members work in academia, research centers, and industry. Our common goal is to advance joining technologies through innovation, standardization, and quality control. Ultimately, we are doing our part to build a safe and sustainable world.

Young professionals within IIW

The International Institute of Welding welcomes young professionals. We value your insights and involvement.

Are you interested in joining a strong international community? Do you have fruitful ideas to share?
Connect with IIW Young Professionals worldwide by joining below.

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The IIW has identified the critical necessity for more young people to pursue careers at all levels in welding and its allied technologies, i.e. from the welder to the scientist. The IIW also has the ongoing need to attract the younger generation of welding professionals. The members of this group are investigating the formation of IIW Student Chapters by working with students at those universities interested around the world.

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Competent and dynamic young people are essential to the IIW’s future. Whether you are a student or new to your industry, IIW welcomes your innovations and contributions to build our technical and scientific knowledge base.

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YPIC 2019 - 5th Young Professionals International Conference.

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Based on the success of the former YPIC events, the YPIC2019 will be the fifth event organized for Young Professionals world wide. The aim of the event is to bring together young welding professionals of the world in the fields of welding and related technologies, to review recent achievements in the advancement of knowledge and understanding in these areas, share the latest developments and address the challenges for the present and the future.


Joe Bailey, Weld Engineer at Vermeer Corporation
- United States of America -

IIW is an excellent resource. During my first five years working in the manufacturing industry as a young professional, IIW has been the place where I have learned the most about current research in welding. And attending the Annual Assemblies for the past 4 years has helped me to become the weld fatigue expert within my company! Additionally, it has provided valuable connections with seasoned and young professionals. I highly recommend IIW to my fellow students and professionals!

Hervé Yimgna Mengouo, From a very new IIW Member Country's representative
- Cameroon -

My first experience was in 2017 at the IIW AA in Shanghai, during which I attended Working Units (WUs), Study Group Standardization and collaborative forums. It was a great moment of mutual exchange that gave us the idea to develop YP events in Cameroon. We have organized the 1st International Forum of Welding Trades in Cameroon, now with the IIW YP we plan the FIMS to become an annual conference. As a result, we are involved in a welding and piping training and certification project targeting 2,500 young people from vocational schools in Cameroon.

Simon Jahn, CEO of ifw Jena
- Germany -

My first attendance was as a postdoc, at the 2010 AA during which I gave a presentation in C-XIV. Since then, all IIW events I attended gave me a chance to establish a large and diverse network with international scientists and get in contact with companies I would never have met without the IIW. My experience became more intense when I was elected as Chair of COM XVII-B. Since I am its CEO, IFW Jena became a sponsor for the IIW YP support program in Germany. That is why, a few years later, I have become an active member of TG-YL !

Carolin Fink, Assistant Professor, Welding Engineering Program, Ohio State University
- United States of America -

Welding in the World (WitW) is a big part of the ‘being seen’ at an international level for a young researcher. You get your name out there and get feedback from colleagues through the reviewing process. I think it is very important that young people get involved in that early. After my PhD, I was immediately encouraged to also ‘see the other side’ of the process, so I am serving as principal reviewer now. Again, this is about staying in touch with innovations and people in the field and at the same time improving my own research work and publishing.

Somsubhro Chaudhuri, PhD student in Weld Fatigue, University of Southampton
- United Kingdom -

My first experience with the IIW was the 2018 Annual Assembly and International Conference in Bali. After attending multiple professional events, it was refreshing to see the attention paid to networking, especially amongst the Young Professionals. The most important part of such gatherings is networking, and IIW did an outstanding job. The papers and presentations were of excellent quality, and a very good mix of both academic and industry-oriented content. I would definitely recommend joining the IIW to anyone in the joining industry whether they are students or professionals, for the wholesome experience that it provides. And of course, it gives you a chance to interact with the people whose articles you have been reading for your studies/work!

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Career development

Post-Doc position on Arc Welding Processes – Sweden - Full time contract.

Post doc in production technology – specializing in arc welding process.
The division of welding technology at University West is now looking for a post doctoral researcher with expertise in arc welding processes.
University West (in Trollhättan, Sweden) is a modern and constantly growing university with 15 000 students and about 650 employees. University West has since 2018, through the Knowledge Foundation program called "Knowledge Foundation Environment", established the research environment PRIMUS. PRIMUS aims at developing competitive research and education in synergy between the core areas production processes, production systems and industrial work integrated learning.

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Post-Doc position, on Modeling and simulation- Sweden - Full time contract.

Post doc in production technology – specializing in CFD applied to heat transfer and metal deposition in additive manufacturing process
The division of welding technology at University West is now looking for a post doctoral researcher with expertise in CFD modeling of thermal and multi-phase flow with free surface to study additive manufacturing with metal.

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Career development

PhD Studentship in Production Technology - Sweden - Full time contract, and temporary position longer than 6 months.

PhD Studentship in Production Technology – Specializing in metallurgy and characterization of steels deposited by Additive Manufacturing

Since 2008, University West has a specific research environment in Production Technologies, called Production Technology West (PTW), which includes research portfolios in Industrial Automation, Machining, Thermal Spraying, Additive Manufacturing and Welding. At the PTW environment, the Division of Welding Technology will host the PhD student. In this division, the research is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team including researchers in modelling and simulation of heat sources, researchers in process control and researchers in metallurgy and mechanical characterization.

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Be part of our Task Group «Young Leaders»
to contribute actively to the development
of our programs and enter a World of Joining Experience.

With 55 Member Countries, the National Delegations of which are comprised of a harmonious combination of representatives from research, academia and industry, the IIW is in a unique position to influence and attract cooperation on a global and multi-tiered scale. Those who regularly participate in IIW activities truly BELIEVE in the IIW, what the IIW represents, and what the IIW offers.
Whether they are individual consultants, members of R&D staff of corporate entities, or professors/researchers/students of universities or research institutions, they all come back again and again to share in the IIW’s knowledge exchange network.

Ernest D.Levert, Chair Task-Group-Young Leaders / TG-YL
- United States of America -
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Young Professionnals are the future of IIW

IIW is aware that you are the future of materials joining industry and technologies and that is why the BoD has a special Task Group for YPs. Also all the Technical Working Units focus on involving YPs in IIW activities.
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Cécile Mayer, IIW CEO

Amar Boutaghane

Geoff Crittenden

Romana Lausch

Fleur Maas

Marin Beloev

Paul Kah
Hervé Yimgna Mengouo

Elliot Biro
Gentry Wood

Amar Boutaghane

Geoff Crittenden

Romana Lausch

Fleur Maas

Marin Beloev

Amar Boutaghane

Geoff Crittenden

Romana Lausch

Fleur Maas

Marin Beloev

Paul Kah
Hervé Yimgna Mengouo

Elliot Biro
Gentry Wood

Jadranka Eržišnik

Charalambos Trichinas
Czech Republic

Pavel Flegl

Steen Ussing

Jouko Lassila

Jerome Dietsch

Marvin Keinert
Susann Hausner

Meletis Tzaferis

Levente Bakos
Tamas Toth

Vishvesh Badheka

Markus Nanda Andika

Ehsan Parsa

Aleksey Kovalevsky

Luca Costa

Yosuke Ogino

Salem Mohamed Musa

Irmantas Gedzevicius

Desmond Yeap

Jesús Martín Rodriguez Covarrubias

Ghizlane Nadaf
New Zealand

Michail Karpenko

Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri

Leif Nordal

Sagheer Ahmed
People's Republic of China

Lei Liu

Francisco Rumiche

Michal Kubica

Pedro Matias
Republic of Kazakhstan

Igor Bartenev
Republic of Korea

Heeyong Hwang

Nicusor-Alin SIRBU
Russian Federation

Alexander Mullin

Miloš Pavlovi?

Eddie Ko
Slovak Republic

Peter Durik

Arpad Koves
South Africa

Sean Blake

fernando Manas Arteche

Sukhdeep Singh

Alessandra Kaya

Anwida Teekasap
The Netherlands

Imre Németh

Kais Bouaziz

Hülya GED?K

Serhiy Schwab
Ganna Polishko
United Kingdom

Somsubhro Chaudhuri
United States of America

Joseph Bailey
Amber Nalani Black

Hai Tinh Do