Meet the experts

Corrosion alliance is a multitude of experts, contributing to the field of corrosion from their own background, knowledge and experiences. A contribution to our platform is a reflection of the personal experiences of an expert. Creating a mix of academic and practical focused information. We offer this in our masterclasses through short instructional video’s. These video’s are typically 15 to 20 minutes per lesson.

Principal Owner, Microbial Corrosion Consulting, LLC

Rick Eckert

Oil and gas industry internal corrosion management specialist including development of monitoring and mitigation programs, materials selection, forensic corrosion engineering, failure investigation, regulatory compliance and corrosion risk management. Corrosion and materials litigation support.

Material scientist

Astrid Elzas

Astrid holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and deviated to material science. During her Phd. she studied nano failure in steel. In other words, the onset of steel.
She is currently a material scientist at Nebest and supports many different projects with material issues. She also supports coating and coating related issues and supports to diagnose the identification of Hexavalent chromium.

Molecular & microbiology expert

Susmitha Purnima Kotu

Susmitha studied at AM Texas university working on microfluidic devices to detect organisms related to Microbial influenced corrosion. Thourgh mulitiple roles at companies such as Baker Hughes, she has grown her selve into Exceptional innovator with excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills, with a patent and a multitude of scientific publications. She is currently working for DNV GL as a Microbiology and Corrosion engineer.

Microbial and corrosion expert

Felipe Leon Morales

Felipe Leon-Morales is an industrial microbiologist from the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. Felipe holds a PhD in natural sciences from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. During his period in Germany, Felipe worked on colloidal transport through biofilms and later on extremophile biofilms, including iron and sulfur related microorganisms. The interaction between microbes and surfaces brought him to the area of corrosion, especially microbial, where he is active since several years while working initially for TNO. In 2015 Felipe joined the cathodic protection and antifouling company CORROSION, where he started the formation of a laboratory dedicated to corrosion and antifouling research.

MIC expert

Torben Lund Skovhus

Torben Lund Skovhus is Docent and Project Manager at VIA University College (Horsens, Denmark). He graduated from Aarhus University, Denmark, in 2002 with a master's degree (cand.scient.) in biology. ITorben was employed at Danish Technological Institute (DTI). Thereafter Torben worked as project manager at DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas) in the field of corrosion management in both Bergen and Esbjerg. Torben is currently chair of AMPP SC-22 on Biodeterioration and ISMOS TSC, an organization he cofounded in 2006. He is an international scientific reviewer and the author of 150+ technical and scientific papers and book chapters related to industrial microbiology, applied biotechnology, corrosion management, oilfield microbiology, water treatment and safety, reservoir souring, and biocorrosion.

Chromium VI expert

Ferdy de Smet

Contributing to an ever safer working environment, that is my personal goal. I am interested in both technology and the human aspect. As an entrepreneur, I strive to build good relationships and I am open and transparent with an important goal: To develop the most reliable chromium-6 method. With combined backgrounds in construction and chemistry, he is chromium-6 specialists from both theory and practice.

MIC expert

Herman de Vries

Originally Herman was trained as a mechanical engineer with a specialisation in process technology combined with an education in Industrial Engineering and Management. He is the driving force behind many partnerships and alliances. Being Vice chair of NACE Benelux and actively participating in standard committees for both NACE and ASTM. Herman gets his motivation from developing new ideas and translating them into specific projects. His strength is his ability to recognize the talents of his colleagues. Furthermore he is a good sparring partner for end-users and is very good at translating questions into concrete actions. Herman is known for the fact that he always goes the extra mile for you

Biochemical expert

Rik Winters

Experienced Senior Project Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Strong professional skilled in Dutch, Environmental Awareness, Sustainable Development, Remediation, and Sustainability. Crazy about non-equilibrium thermodynamics, to fully understand microbial population behaviour.