2022 Groß Andreas bio

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Prof. Dr Andreas Groß has been a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM) / Adhesive bonding technology and surfaces department since 1987. Since 1997 he has been head of the “Employee Qualification and Technology Transfer” department at Fraunhofer IFAM, which integrates the accredited training facilities “Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology” and “Training Center for Fiber Composites”. Since 1996 he has been chairman of the DVS working group V8 “Adhesive bonding technology”, and since 1998 he has been a member of the steering committee “Technical Committee – TC” of the Industrieverband Klebstoffe e.V. (Adhesives Industry Association). In 2000, in addition to his work at Fraunhofer IFAM, he was appointed professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen/Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Furthermore, since 2000 he has headed various national and European working groups in DIN and CEN on the subject of “Quality standardisation in adhesive bonding technology”. He is also chairman of the working group “Adhesive bonding DIN 6701”. In this context, he is also project leader of the revision of ISO 21368 at ISO TC 61/SC 11/WG 5. In 2006, he was appointed to the board of the Fraunhofer Academy as a founding member and has been its deputy spokesperson since then. In 2013, he was appointed to the advisory board of the Fraunhofer Personnel Certification Body.

2022 De Ketelaere Geertrui Mieke bio

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Geertrui Mieke De Ketelaere is Adjunct Professor at Vlerick Business School and part-time Director AI at imec (IDLab). She holds a master degree in civil and industrial engineering and specialised in robotics and artificial intelligence during her studies. Over the last 28 years, she has worked for several multinationals on all aspects of data and analytics (IBM, Microsoft, SAP, SAS, etc). From a business consulting point of view, she is specialised in defining the AI business canvas, from potential value to predefined risks. With her understanding of the hindsight, insight and foresight of AI technologies, she also frequently acts as an expert and coach behind the scenes. In her public presentations and recent book, Mieke puts the focus on the demystification of the hype around AI. In 2018, she was nominated “ICT Woman of the Year” in Belgium. The State Secretary of Digitalisation, Mathieu Michel, appointed Mieke as “Digital Mind” in 2020 and in 2022, Mieke was Runner-up IT Person of the Year (Computable).

2022 Dobbins Christopher bio

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Chris Dobbins studied at the University of Wales, Bangor and has over 15 years of experience as a chemical engineer. He joined Omya as Application Manager for Adhesives and Sealants in 2021. In 2006, he joined Dow Inc. and held various research roles in Emulsion Polymers for Synthetic Grass, Specialty Latex and Paper and Board. Later, he transitioned into a Laboratory Leader role in Polyurethanes R&D before moving to Technical Service for PU flexible foam in EMEA.

2022 Sakai Yu bio

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Yu Sakai studied at the graduate school of Osaka Institute of Technology in Japan majoring in chemical engineering. He then joined Shiraishi Central Laboratories in 2008 in the R&D department of Shiraishi Kogyo Kaisha, and was in charge of developing Ultrafine Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (UFPCC) products for Sealants and Adhesives. Later, he moved to the sales division of the Shiraishi Group, taking on the role of Sales Engineer for UFPCC business in Asia, before switching focus to the European market in 2021.

2022 Wüst Rhiannon bio

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Dr. Rhiannon Wüst currently serves as a product development chemist in Henkel Corporation’s Adhesive Technologies business unit. Part of the Henkel scientific team since joining the company in 2019, Dr. Wüst’s work is focused on the development of new polyurethane hot melts for the consumer electronics business. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Industrial Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, and is based in Henkel’s Düsseldorf, Germany global headquarters.

2022 Thiebes Christoph bio

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Dr. Christoph Thiebes joined Bayer (now Covestro) in 2001 as a research chemist. After assignments in research, manufacturing and global product management, he took over responsibility for business development in EMEA in the area of raw materials for adhesives and sealants in 2012.

2022 Sundermeier Uta bio

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Dr. Uta Sundermeier is a Senior Product Development Manager for Henkel Corporation’s Adhesive Technologies business unit where her work is focused on adhesives research for device assembly. Since joining Henkel in 2005, Dr. Sundermeier has held various laboratory and technical management roles within the company’s Laundry and Home Care and Adhesives Research groups. After completing her Chemistry studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany and her Ph.D. work at the Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis in Rostock, Germany, Dr. Sundermeier conducted her postdoctoral work at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is currently based in Henkel’s Düsseldorf, Germany global headquarters.

2022 Sommer Mario bio

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Dipl.-Ing. Mario Sommer was born on 2 March 1964 in Schupbach, Germany. He started his career at Ato Findley Deutschland as Construction consultant and seminar leader. In July 1999 Mr Sommer joined Sopro Bauchemie GmbH, based in Wiesbaden, Germany as Deputy Head of Technical Assistance, where he is now the Head of Technical Assistance and Project Consulting. Since 2009 Mr Sommer has been an Authorised Officer for Sopro Bauchemie GmbH and, since 2014, also a publicly appointed and sworn expert for failures in constructions with ceramic coverings. Mr Sommer also participates in various working groups and standards committees.

2022 Smits Angela bio

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Angela Smits is Technology Development Manager and leads Sustainability for the Smart Materials business in Cargill, supplier of biobased building blocks and additives. Cargill acquired this business from Croda. She leads innovation and strategy for collaborations on sustainability and circular solutions.

Prior to that, she worked as Market Application Specialist, in technical support and products development at Croda, at DSM for food coatings, at National Starch & Chemical for acrylate adhesives, and at Wageningen research centre ATO on biobased polymers.

Angela Smits studied Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology, where she graduated in polymer chemistry, and she holds a PhD from Utrecht University on biopolymers.

2022 Achten Dirk bio

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Dr. Dirk Achten received a PhD in 1999 from RWTH Aachen in Germany in polymer science. In his career at Bayer and Covestro, he had various assignments with increasing managerial responsibilities in the rubber, adhesive and coatings R&D sector. In 2012 he was asked to lead a startup incubator at Covestro AG. Dirk is currently heading the R&D group of Modern Coatings and Adhesive Applications in the business unit “Coatings and Adhesives” at Covestro Deutschland AG. His group specializes in technologies and materials for automated and digital applications for the coatings and adhesive industry.

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