September 1981 - June 1986
Master degree in Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands (5-year curriculum):
Master study in the Computational Mechanics Department, followed graduate courses in (fluid) mechanics, materials science and applied physics.
Traineeship: study of a non-linear dynamic system with dry (Coulomb) friction.
Graduation project: stability analysis of a non-linear hydrodynamic journal-bearing system using the Hopf bifurcation theory. Developed software was later incorporated in DIANA software code (STRDYN module), and the study is
published in an international refereed journal.
September 7, 1990
PhD degree in Technical Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. Title:
Film models for transport phenomena with fog formation, with application to plastic heat exchangers and condensers. Supervisors: Prof. dr. A.K. Chesters
(Department of Applied Physics) and Prof. dr. ir. J. Berghmans (Catholic University of Louvain).
September 1986 - January 1992, Akzo Nobel Central Research, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Position: Research engineer and project leader in Department of Mechanical Engineering. Involved in development of production processes for plastic
fibers and products.
February 1992 - August 2009, Twente University of Technology, Enschede, The Netherlands
Position: Associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering (& Management).
Field of interest: Environmental Engineering and Construction Materials.
July 2007 - present, Wuhan University Technology, Wuhan, China
Position: Visiting professor at
State Key Lab of Silicate Building Materials,
Extreme-State Materials Research Group.
Field of interest: Construction Materials and Sustainable Building.
September 2009 - present, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Position: Full professor Building Materials in the Department of the Built
Environment (from 2013-2021
also served two subsequent terms as chairman of
Unit Building Physics and Services).
Fields of interest: Building Materials and Sustainable Building.
As of 2013 editorial board member of
peer-reviewed journal published by the Moscow State University of Civil
In 2016, 2017 and 2018
Member of Consultative Board from
Van Berlo Bedrijfsvloeren.
As of 2018 editorial board member of
Applied Sciences and of
Springer Nature Applied Sciences.
Chairman Organizing Committee
2nd Int. Conf. on Sustainable Building
Materials in Eindhoven, 2019, with 180+ participants from 36
As of 2019
Member of the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Municipal Solid Waste Incineration
Bottom Ash (MSWI BA), National Environment Agency of
As of 2019 Member Scientific Committee of
Innovandi – the Global Cement
and Concrete Research Network.
As of 2019 Core Team Member
Co-authored the national
Dutch Materials Agenda, which was offered to Dutch cabinet in 2021.
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Involved in establishment, and shareholder, of Carbonsai BV, a start-up company from the chair Building Materials that aims on the development and implementation of smarter concrete. This initiative is led by former PhD candidate Dr. H. Karimi,
who is as fellow supported by NWO Faculty of Impact.