Curriculum Vitae

GERARD HIRS

(born: 18 October 1934, Haarlem Netherlands)

Emeritus professor of energy technology
Faculty of mechanical engineering
University of Twente
P.O.Box 217
7500 AE Enschede Netherlands
Phone +31 53 892561
Fax   +31 53 356490

Education and professional career

1960: MSc in mechanical engineering Technical University Delft

1959-1971: research engineer TNO Institute for Mechanical Constructions Delft; tribology, bearings, seals, turbulent lubrication, rotor dynamics

1970: PhD in engineering Technical University Delft; title of thesis: Fundamentals of a Bulk Flow Theory for Turbulent Lubricant Films

1972-1975: research coordinater Centec/Urenco Bergisch Gladbach; materials and machine elements for isotope separation in gas centrifuges

1976-1978: project engineer Interatom Bergisch Gladbach, assignments at Novatome Paris and UKAEA Risley;
process design and development for breeder reactors

1979-1982: technical director Neratoom The Hague; design and development of liquid metal heat exchangers, steam generaters and pumps for breeder reactors

1982-1992: manager, later director, Comprimo Consulting Services Amsterdam; feasibility studies, basic designs, research programmes in the field of energy and process technology with emphasis on energy and resource conservation; clients: government, industry, World Bank

1992-2000: professor of energy technology University of Twente; second law analysis, life cycle analysis, technology development for coal gasification, cat crackers, waste combustion

2000-    : member of several advisory committees on energy conservation, member of the jury of a design contest on greenhouses

Honours

1951: Winner of essay contest on Industrialization in The Netherlands

1970: Winner NAP research award for the development of a continuously measuring viscometer

1978-1982: Chairman of the German-French-Dutch working group on heat transfer components for breeder reactors

1992-2000: Chairman of the Energy and Heat Transfer Department of the Royal Institute of Engineers The Hague

1992-2000: Chairman of the working group for process integration and exergy analysis (now: exergy.nl)

2001-2004: Chairman of Senter Advisory Group Energy Conservation through Innovation

2004-    : Member of SenterNovem advisory Group Energy Demonstration Projects

member KIVI, Koninklijk Instituut van Ingenieurs
reviewer Elsevier journals on energy
member scientific committee International Centre for Applied Thermodynamics
member and, in the year 2000, chairman of the 1970 Scientific Committee of the ECOS conference series, reviewer of contributions to these conferences

PhD dissertations with Gerard Hirs as supervisor

R.L.Cornelissen, Thermodynamics and Sustainable Development, ISBN 90 365 1053 8,  7 november 1997, Universiteit Twente, Nederland, co-promotor T.J.Kotas

J.H.Bouma, Particle Recovery and Dipleg Flow in Fluidized Catalytic Cracking, ISBN 90 365  1097, 27 februari 1998, Universiteit Twente, Nederland

M.A.Korobitsyn, New and Advanced Energy Conversion Technologies, ISBN 90 365 1107 0, 3 april 1998, Universteit Twente, Nederland

E.Mozes, On the Development of a High Capacity Water Boiler, ISBN 90 385 1593 9, 15 juni 2001, Universiteit Twente, Nederland, assistant promotor J.B.W.Kok

J.Wang, On the Hydrodynamics of Gas-Solid Flows in Downers, ISBN  90 365 1594 7, 22 juni, 2001, Universteit Twente, Nederland, co-promotor M.E.H.van Dongen

All dissertations can be found at www.utwente.nl