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65th Graduation Ceremony


Sunday 8 August 2021

The 65th graduation ceremony of the Research Master in Fluid Dynamics took place at the von Karman Institute this 2nd of July 2021, with physical presence of Graduates, Faculty and speakers only, due to the COVID-19 pandemics. All protective measures were respected, and some graduates were remotely attending on line.


The VKI Director, Peter Grognard, opened the ceremony and congratulated the RM graduates, who spent nine months at the VKI, in person or virtually, in a truly international atmosphere, creating friendships and personal bonds for life. 

Ambassador Pascal Heymans, Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO, and Dr. Bryan Wells, NATO Chief Scientist, participated as speakers to the Ceremony. 

A special presentation was done by Dr. Elissavet Boufidi who completed her PhD thesis this year. She presented her activity at VKI on the development of methods for the characterization of turbulence in complex flows, like those encountered in turbines and compressors. 

The address to the students was delivered by Dr Fabrice Giuliani (DC 1998, remained at the VKI up to 1999 as research engineer), presently CEO of “Combustion Bay One” in Gratz, Austria. 

Then the distribution of diplomas started with the special prizes: 

The Theodore von Karman Prize was attributed to Pedro Alfonso Marques, from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, for his project entitled: "Experimental characterization and modeling of non-isothermal sloshing". He was also awarded the Prince Alexandre of Belgium prize for the best presentation.

Jan Van den Berghe, from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, was awarded the Belgian Government Prize. His project was entitled "Transient analysis of supersonic ejectors using 1D gas dynamics and deep learning".

The Excellence in Experimental Research has been given to Jim Van Himbeeck from UC Louvain, Belgium, for his project on "Experimental investigation of aero-vibro-acoustic coupling in space launcher applications", while the Excellence in Numerical Research has been given to Lorenzo Vallisa for his work on "Radioactive particle dynamics and interactions with liquid metal coolant LBE within MYRRHA nuclear reactor".

The following Graduates received their diplomas with honours:

Mohammed Al-Sailani, Joachim Balis, Lorenzo Da Valle, Grégory Delvaux, Erica Gallo, Leonidas Konstantinos Gkimisis, Emrah Güllü, Romain Hottois, Tomáš Levý, Pedro Alfonso Marques, Claudio Miccoli, Aviva Opsomer, Nassim Razaaly, Daniel Stuntz, Lorenzo Vallisa, Jan Van Den Berghe, Jim Van Himbeeck and Alperen Yildizeli.

Diplomas were also awarded to: Ata Onur Baskaya, Simon Bergé, Raffaele Carandente, Carlo Casale, Utku Caylan, Rohan Cholatal, Nicolas Corthouts, William Fraga, Lorenzo Galieti, Tsevetelina Ivanova, Greyson Kale, Victor Lafaurie, Marcello Nitti, Riccardo Sala, Loïc Sombaert, CsabaVigh and Hauke Witte

The ceremony continued with the announcement by Prof. Jeroen van Beeck, Dean of Faculty, of the names of the fifteen PhD students who obtained their Doctoral Degree during the past Academic year: Giacomo Alessi, Stefano Boccelli, Elissavet Boufidi, Tânia Sofia Cacao Ferreira, Nicolas Coudou, Bogdan Cezar Cernat, Simon Demange, Bruno Riccardo Dias Barros, Charline Fouchier, Iván Padilla Montero, Sana Rogalla, Maria Teresa Scelzo, Marc Schwalbach, Riccardo Zamponi and Alessandro Zarri

The Best Collaboration Award was attributed to Csaba Vigh, in remote attendance. It was handed for him to the Student representative, Rebeca Marini by Prof. Mario Carbonaro, Honorary Director and Professor, in the name of the Alumni Association. 

The Dean of Faculty, Prof. Jeroen van Beeck announced that the Best PhD presentation award for the PhD Symposium 2021 was attributed to Fabio PINO, and the corresponding prize offered by the Alumni Association was given to him by Prof. Mario Carbonaro. Romain Poletti, first year PhD candidate, was awarded the recognition as the Best PhD poster presentation

Finally, Miss. Rebeca Marini, representative of the Research Master students, gave the vote of thanks to the guests, in a humoristic talk as usual, reminding the student’s activities during the year.