Joost R. Duflou holds master degrees in Architectural and Electro-mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Applied Sciences from KU Leuven, Belgium. After a number of years of industrial experience in different international companies, he is a faculty member at the Mechanical Engineering Department of KU Leuven since 1997. He became a tenured Full Professor in 2012. His principal research activities are situated in the field of design support methods and methodologies, with special attention for Ecodesign and Life Cycle Engineering, and Sustainable Manufacturing. As chairholder of the LVD Chair on Sheet Metal Processing, he also leads a research group focussing on sheet metal oriented manufacturing processes and systems and he supervises the KU Leuven FabLab. He is a CIRP Fellow and has published over 200 international publications. As chair and board member of several spin-off companies and professional associations he contributes to research valorisation and dissemination. More detailed information can be obtained via http://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/nl/person/00016263.
Professor - Mechanical Engineering Department