International Steel Academy


Course Instructor

Dr. Dirk Vanderschueren

Dr. Dirk Vanderschueren has more than 25 years of experience in the steel industry, including research, product development, and managing process development and quality. Vanderschueren received his M.Sc. in metallurgical engineering at KU Leuven, Belgium, in 1986, followed by a Ph.D. in 1991 and postdoctoral research at the National Research Institute of Metals in Japan and the Nippon Steel Research Centre. Vanderschueren worked as the coordinator of the product development group of OCAS NV, the research center of the SIDMAR group. He then moved to the hot strip mill of SIDMAR N.V. (now ArcelorMittal Gent) as quality manager and manager of process development. Vanderschueren returned to the academic world as a visiting professor at the University of Gent, Belgium, with the OCAS Industrial Chair. He now provides services to the steel industry through Steelmasters, and the welding industry with Fusionpoint.

Course Developer

Professor Dr. Ir. B.C. De Cooman

After 10 years in industrial materials research and research management, Dr. De Cooman started his academic career in ferrous metallurgy research as director of the Laboratory for Iron and Steelmaking at Ghent University in Belgium. His research interests include the solid-state physics of ferrous alloys, materials microanalysis and ferrous products development.In the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT) at the Pohang University of Technology and Science (POSTECH) in Korea, he leads the Materials Design Laboratory (MDL) and is extensively involved with the development of advanced automotive, electrical, engineering and constructional steels.  The MDL combines processing research expertise in the areas of casting, hot rolling, cold rolling, and continuous annealing and galvanizing with an in-depth analysis of materials performance to develop new steel concepts for industrial applications. Dr. De Cooman earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.