Governing Board

Frederik Coghe, GB President

MSc, Cap. IMM

Royal Military Academy, Belgium

Captain IMM Frederik Coghe is currently working as an assistant professor at the Weapon Systems & Ballistics Department of the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium. His main fields of interest are dynamic material behaviour, terminal ballistics and ballistic protection. He obtained his first masters degree in the engineering sciences at the Royal Military Academy (specializing in the field of weapon systems and ballistics) in 2000, where he obtained his degree with the personal congratulations of the Minister of Defence. He obtained a second masters degree in the engineering sciences of the University in Ghent (specializing in the field of material sciences and metallurgy) in 2006, where he received the Sidmar prize for his thesis. Frederik Coghe is also an active member of Dymat and the International Ballistics Society.

Erhardt Lach, GB Member

BSc, MSc, PhD


Dr.-Ing. Erhardt Lach has a PhD degree in Materials Mechanic, an MSc in Metallurgy and a BSc in Materials Engineering. He is currently working at the ISL and he is also a lecturer in Materials Science at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Lörrach and the Scientific Coordinator for Defence and Security at Carl-Cranz-Gesellschaft, Wessling.

Stephen Walley, GB Member

MA (Cantab), MSc (Bristol), PhD

SMF Fracture and Shock Physics Group, Cavendish Laboratory

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Stephen Walley read Natural Sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1974-1977, specialising in Physics in his final year. He then went to Bristol University for one year to do an MSc in the Physics of Materials. He started PhD research in 1978 at the Cavendish Laboratory on impact erosion damage to polyethylene. He graduated PhD from the University of Cambridge in the summer of 1983. Since then he has been involved in a number of projects including ballistic impact on glass/polymer laminates, ignition mechanisms of propellants, and high strain rate mechanical properties of polymers, metals and energetic materials. He is secretary of the (European) DYMAT Association and helps coordinate the (British) Impact Club. He is co-author of about 75 papers.

Klaus Steuer, GB Member


Biography to be posted here soon!

Peter Schulz, GB Member

AMAG, Austria Metall, Austria

Biography to be posted here soon!

Filipe Teixeira-Dias, GB Member

BEng, MSc, PhD, Hab

School of Engineering - IIE

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Filipe Teixeira-Dias received his MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) in 1995 and 2000, repspectively. In 2009 he received his habilitation degree from the University of Aveiro (Portugal). From 1993 to 1997 he was a Lecturer at the University of Coimbra and from 1997 to July 2013 an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro and director of GRIDS-DAPS – Division of Armour & Protection Systems. Currently he is Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and member of the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) at the University of Edinburgh. He has over 18 years of teaching and research experience in composite and cellular materials, numerical simulation and finite element technology. He has many publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings. He is reviewer and scientific advisor for many international journals and conferences.

Bradley Dodd, Honorary President

MSc, PhD

Institute of Shock Physics

Imperial College, United Kingdom

In 1967 I graduated from Manchester University in Metallurgy then in the early seventies I obtained an M.Sc. in 'Mechanical Working of Metals' from the Dept. of Industrial Metallurgy at the University of Birmingham and at the same department I obtained a Ph.D. I then went to the Dept. of Engineering Science, Oxford where, as a Research Fellow, I worked with Dennis Campbell and others on the torsional-Hopkinson bar. For the year 1975-6 I worked as a research fellow at Yokohama National University on forging of metals with Professor Hideaki Kudo. After two or three more years at Oxford, I worked as a lecturer at the Department of Engineering Science, Reading University. It was during this period that I co-authored two books on: 1) Ductile Fracture and Ductility and 2) Adiabatic Shear Localization with my close colleague Bai Yilong of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. I am now an Emeritus member of the I.C.F.G., an honorary member of DYMAT and an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Shock Physics, Imperial College, London.

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