NBN honours Belgian experts at 2019 Thank You Event

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NBN honours Belgian experts at 2019 Thank You Event

For the fifth year in a row, NBN has given its own meaning to Thanksgiving Day. On 28 November 2019, during a well-attended event at the Magritte Museum in Brussels, Belgian standardisation experts were honoured for their contribution to the development and promotion of standards. Three experts received special recognitions, taking home well-deserved awards after a festive evening.


Why do we honour our experts?

“All year long, our experts go to great lengths to help develop national, European and international standards”, says Ellen Bartholomeeusen, Operations Manager at NBN. “In areas ranging from public procurement to artificial intelligence to welding techniques, standardisation makes our society and economy more sustainable. Moreover, organisations can use these standards to enter new markets or to innovate. But the work behind the scenes doesn’t usually receive the attention it deserves. With this annual event, NBN wants to make a statement.”


And the winners are …

At the award show, three experts took the stage. They were each given a prestigious award for their tremendous efforts in these categories:

Companies with fewer than 50 employees: Bernard Van hoorickx

Bernard is an engineer who runs his own consultancy agency. For over 20 years, he has been active as a standardisation expert in the field of construction and masonry. Since 2013, he has served as the chairman of committee NBN E25006 ‘Masonry Structures’, but Bernard also actively works for NBN E25001 ‘Structures’. Both standardisation committees play crucial roles for the Eurocodes – one of the reasons why Bernard is often invited as a guest speaker to engineering societies.

Companies with more than 50 employees: Andreas von Wuellerstorff

Andreas, European Railway Regulation and Standardisation Manager at Siemens, actively contributes to European regulations drafted by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA). Within these regulations standards from CEN/CENELEC, IEC and ISO are often referenced, hence his link to the standardization environment. For the last 10 years, he has represented NBN/Belgium in different committees at European and international levels, such as the CEN/TC 256 ‘Railway Applications’ and the CLC/TC 9X ‘Electrical and electronic applications for railways’. 

Academics: Tomer Ashur

Tomer is a post-doctoral fellow in the research group Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) at the KU Leuven University. He has shared his expertise and knowhow in committee ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27 ‘IT Security Techniques’ since 2016. The result: Tomer is a driving force behind the development of new standards for information and ICT security. Besides that, he has plenty of publications on cryptography and cryptoanalysis to his name.

Become an expert at the NBN

Would you like to contribute to the development of standards in your sector? Participate in one of our standardisation committees and share your knowledge. In doing so, you’ll be the first to hear about new developments in your area, build a strong network and give your organisation a voice.

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Any questions ?

We’re glad to help. Contact the Standard Development team via standard.development@nbn.be or 02 300 78 53.