A Special Acknowledgement To:
Dr. EUR ING Erik Van Wellen
CEng IntPE(UK) FICE FRGS MCIArb
CERF-JCR Lifetime Member
We are proud to acknowledge Dr. Erik Van Wellen as a Lifetime Member of the Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF). Dr. Van Wellen received M.Sc. degrees from both the Artesis Antwerpen (Civil Engineering) and the University of Liverpool (Maritime Civil Engineering). In 1999 he subsequently received his Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth with a specialization in sediment transport modeling. He has authored several papers in prominent international journals and conference proceedings.
He has research interests in the fields of natural marine sediment dynamics and mechanically driven sediment transport, renewable energy, carbon-economics, operational optimization, data analyses and mathematical simulations. During his time on the EuDA (European Dredging Association) Environment Committee he fostered a keen interest in Integrated Coastal Zone Management strategies and how to best balance the competing interests of developments such as harbor facilities, coastal defenses, tourism infrastructures and coastal environment conservation; including how best to strike a balance with mitigation and compensation.
He has previously worked as a commercial diver in the UK; and between 1999 and 2020, has worked for the DEME Group (Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering), where he has held several operational, technical and commercial roles in a worldwide setting.
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the CEntral Dredging Association. Dr. Van Wellen is a Registered Professional Engineer in continental Europe (EUR ING), the UK (CEng) and internationally IntPE(UK). He is considered an expert in such matters as Civil Engineering, Maritime Construction and Dredging; and has considerable knowledge in the field of contract law and alternative dispute resolution. He also has several patents related to aforementioned technical fields registered to his name.
When not working on engineering or maritime construction projects he can be found teaching diving as a Staff Instructor for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors or actively involved in conservation work such as Dive Against Debris or Project AWARE Shark Conservation. His outstanding underwater photographs have graced the cover of the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) more than once.