The Ugo Guerrera Prize, sponsored by IIS-Istituto Italiano della Saldatura (Italian Institute of Welding), was presented by Dr. Luca Costa, Head of the Italian Delegation, to Dr. Jean Gérald (France) for the “Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier.”
International Welding Engineer, Dr. Jean Gérald, graduated in Applied Mathematics from the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris, France), later receiving his PhD Degree in Fatigue of Welded Steel Structures from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (Oise, France).
Dr. Gérald’s entire career has been focused on the design and construction of large welded structures and he has had a broad and rich professional life which includes the study of offshore platforms and naval warships. In 1987, after 14 years with Elf Aquitaine (now TOTAL - the French international oil and gas company), he joined the French Ministry of Defence as Head of the Naval Structure Section. In this position, he was in charge of the definition of structural design rules and fabrication procedures which were to be applied to all French naval ships, both submarine and surface. He was also responsible for the verification and certification of adherence to these rules and procedures for the design of naval ship structures.
These responsibilities led Dr. Gérald to spend a significant part of his career in the design and subsequent trials/fittings of the aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, the French Navy nuclear-powered vessel. He also directed the specific studies and tests carried out in order to better understand and improve the reliability of structures in the case of a naval collision, of major importance for general nuclear aircraft carrier safety. In 1984, Dr. Gérald was appointed French Delegate to IIW Commission XV and is currently Vice-Chair of this Working Unit. He is also the designated Expert for France for IIW Commission XIII. In addition, as Associate Professor at the École des Ponts ParisTech, he is currently responsible for curriculum development and also lectures the courses “Introduction to Material Science” and “Metals Learning.” The latter course focuses particularly on the subject of assembly techniques and especially, welding. Dr. Gérald is a Member of the prestigious French Legion of Honour and has been awarded the Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, the highest academic honour awarded by the French Republic.