Ludo Froyen graduated in 1977 as metallurgical engineer and gained his Ph.D. degree in 1984 both at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. He is active in the field of new metallic alloys, metal matrix composites, and materials research in space. Several experimental results were obtained on board of space vehicles such as Space Shuttle, MIR space station, and sounding rockets [SPACELAB 1 en SPACELAB D, TEXUS 6, 7, 9, 13, 13B, 16, 20, MASER 3, EuroMIR 94 and 95, STS 95, ISS, and Maxus 3]. He was a Visiting Professor at PML of the Max-Planck-Institut, Stuttgart (D), KTH, Stockholm (S), and ITB, Bandung, Indonesia. His work includes projects between the university and the industry and/or government on injection moulding of metal powders, PM Al-alloys for automotive application, interfacial characterization in metal matrix composites, plasma processing of metal powders, gas atomisation of intermetallics, binders for diamond tools, porous metals, ultrafine structured metal alloys, and so forth. Froyen published more than 150 papers in international journals and more than 100 contributions in proceedings of internationale conferences. He teaches materials engineering, characterization, failure analysis, and solidification. He is active in several organizations (e.g., Space Application Systems (Brussels), MRC-K.U. Leuven, E-MRS Network Group on Metal Matrix Composites, and is the co-organizer of Nieuwe Materialen, ESA Ad Hoc Experts Group, a Member of the ESA–Science Team for MSL, Cochairman of different conferences. He is a Member of EPMA, IoM, ASM-International, APMI, IMS, E-MRS, and so on. In 2002, he was the Vice- Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the K.U. Leuven and the Chairman of the Education Council and the doctoral commission of the Faculty of Engineering. From 2005, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and a Member of the Board of Group Science, Engineering, and Technology of the K.U. Leuven.
Biography Updated on 18 September 2008