New PhD in Nautical Sciences awarded to Helen Verstraelen
Helen Verstraelen, professor at our Academy, successfully defended her doctoral thesis on Corrosion in ballast tanks on board of merchant vessels (Study of the relation between quality and corrosion), to become the third Doctor in Nautical Sciences.
Only in 2006, Nautical Sciences became a separate field of study, allowing obtaining a PhD in it.
As PhD’s are awarded by universities, our Academy and the Antwerp University created a special joint faculty for this purpose.
Dr. Helen Verstraelen pictured with Capt. Patrick Blondé (general manager HZS) and the two other doctors in Nautical Sciences Kris De Baere en Rowan Van Schaeren.
Helen with the members of the jury.
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