Dr. Mustafa Kocak is currently CEO of the Gedik Holding, Istanbul, Turkey and his working areas cover the welding technologies, casting and valve production as well as being scientific advisor of the Istanbul Gedik University. He is recently invited to join to be member of the Board of Directors (BoD) of the International Institute of Welding (IIW). His areas of interest are advanced welding technologies, microstructure, fatigue, residual stress and fracture assessment of welded structures. He has made numerous invited lectures at various international events in the field of welding technology and fracture mechanics of weldments. He has published about 240 scientific and technical papers as well as editing or co-editing several international conference proceedings in the fields of materials, welding and fracture mechanics.

Current Trends and Future of Welding Technologies andGlobal Role & Organization of the IIW

This speech will address recent developments in welding technologies from materials point of view as well as covering the future challenges of the welding science and technologies. The speech willhighlight that better understanding of the structural behaviors of the weld joints under static and dynamic loadings, creep conditions or corrosive environment has contributed to the better structural performance and damage tolerance design aspects as well as development of international codes and standards related to the welded structures. The speech will also cover the role and significance of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) in enhancement of the welding science and technologies and education-training-certification programs for the skilled personnel around the world.