Young Generation Core Group

The Core Group includes the most active members of the BNS-YG, thanks to whom all the activities are planned and carried out. The goal of the CG is to choose and set in place interesting workshops, technical visits for the young members of the BNS and strengthening the network.

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Gert Pille

Gert Pille

Chair

Gert graduated with a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Aston University in Birmingham, UK. After graduating he joined Tractebel Engie, where he completed the Nuclear Trainees Program. He currently works in the mechanical equipment competence center of the nuclear department.

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Arnaud Paquet

Co-Vice Chair & Webmaster

Arnaud graduated from UCLouvain in mechanical engineering where he studied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. He is now working at Tractebel Engie as Business Development Manager for small modular reactors, space applications (RTGs, lunar microreactors, propulsion), and new build (focus on Latin America and the Middle East).

Joachim De Roo

Joachim De Roo

Co-Vice Chair & Doel NPP Liaison

Industrial engineer in energy specialized in automation graduated at KU Leuven, Joachim is working as a maintenance engineer / adjunct department head of I&C for Engie Electrabel at the nuclear power plant in Doel.

Fabio Nouchy

Fabio Nouchy

Past Chair

Generalist nuclear engineer by education with a Master’s Degree from Torino and Stockholm, Fabio is now working as design engineer at Tractebel Engie on spent nuclear fuel containers and observing the global scene of new reactor designs.

Lowie Brabants

Lowie Brabants

Academic Liaison

Lowie graduated from Hasselt University as a nuclear engineer with a specialization in environmental chemistry and radiochemistry. He is now working as a PhD researcher at Hasselt University where he is studying non-destructive spectrometry methods for contamination depth profiling of concrete structures.

Djordje Petrovic

George Petrovic

SCK CEN Liaison

George obtained his Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, where he dominantly focused on neutron physics of fast reactor systems. He is currently associated with Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) and is performing his doctoral research in the field of reactor physics and engineering of heavy liquid metal cooled fast reactors, with a particular application to MYRRHA.

Silvia Fiore

Silvia Fiore

FANC Liaison

Silvia got her Master’s Degree in nuclear engineering at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 2020. Just before graduating, she started working at the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) as nuclear inspector for class I nuclear installations, where she also follows the development of different projects.

Florent Callens

Florent Callens

Networking Manager

Graduated as a Master in Business Engineer, Florent works as Marketing Manager in the Syscade company. His role is the sales and marketing expansion of Syscade’s new innovative mobile solution for inspection and characterization of nuclear waste. Florent promotes the company by participating in international fairs with his technical colleagues.

Etienne Hoarau

Etienne Hoarau

Tractebel Liaison

Nuclear engineer with a Master Degree from the National Institut of Applied Sciences (France). Etienne is currently working, within Tractebel, as technical integrator for the contamination assessment code in the framework of the waste characterisation.

Joris Gackowski

Joris Gackowski

Engie Corporate Liaison

Nuclear engineer by education (Master in medical nuclear engineering and Advanced Master in nuclear reactor physics), Joris is currently working as Senior Nuclear Safety Advisor for ENGIE Electrabel in which he performs Independent Nuclear Safety Oversight (INSO) within areas Radiation Protection, Emergency Preparedness & Response, and Radwaste & Decommissioning as part of the Corporate Health Physics Control.

Bram Mast

Bram Mast

Belgoprocess Liaison

Bram Mast graduated in nuclear industrial engineering from Hasselt University and later obtained his PhD in the field of gamma irradiation effects on inorganic polymers. In his current position as R&D engineer at Belgoprocess, he searches for innovative techniques to be implemented in decommissioning and decontamination activities and he supports the development of the decommissioning strategies.

Xavier Van Heule

Xavier Van Heule

UK and Academic Liaison

Xavier graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Ghent University in 2016, after which he started working in the Belgian nuclear industry for Tractebel Engie. In 2019 Xavier moved to the UK where he is currently working on a PhD at the University of Bristol investigating methods for measuring residual stress in spent fuel cladding.

Riccardo Rossa

Riccardo Rossa

SCK CEN Liaison

Nuclear engineer with a Master Degree from Politecnico di Torino and a PhD from the Université libre de Bruxelles, Riccardo is now working at the Belgian nuclear research center SCK•CEN as research engineer focusing on nuclear safeguards for spent fuel and radioactive waste.

Robby Vandendries

Robby Vandendries

Transnubel Liaison

Robby graduated in nuclear industrial engineering from the University of Hasselt in 2012. He then started working as inspector at the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC). Today, Robby is project leader at Transnubel, where he is responsible for the construction and engineering related to the transport of radioactive material.