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Hugo Hens

H.L.S.C. Hens

Born July 4, 1943 at Kortemark, West Flanders, Belgium. Number five in a family of six children, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Father pharmacist, mother former teacher:
1949-1956 Primary school at Kortemark (1th to 6th year) and Torhout (7th year)
1956-1962 Secundary school at the Sint Rembertus College, Torhout, West Flanders, Belgium, classic education (Latin-Greek)
1962-1968 Preparatory year mathematics, followed by engineering studies at the University of Leuven (KULeuven), Graduated in 1968
1968-1972 Structural engineer and site controller for an architectural office in Leuven (residences, apartment buildings, offices and industrial buildings). Part time practice assistant for structural engineering and building physics at the design studios of the Architectural Engineering Section, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University of Leuven. Short stay at the Belgian Building Research Institute. Lecturing part of the course on Building Construction at the Architectural Engineering Section from 1970 on
1972-1975 Full time researcher at the University of Leuven, Physics Department. PhD-degree in building physics on a thesis entitled: ‘Theoretical and Experimental study of the hygro-thermal behavior of building and insulating materials during interstitial condensation processes and drying, application on flat roofs’ with professor A. de Grave as supervisor and professor H. Myncke as co-supervisor. Going on lecturing part of the course on building construction. Demanded to lecture building physics (heat and mass transport, acoustics), building services and thermodynamics after professor A. de Grave, who teached these courses at the architectural engineering section, suddenly passed away in april 1975. PhD-thesis defended in September 1975. Start of a working group on building physics
1975-1981 First Lecturer (1975-1976), then assistant-professor (1976-1981) at the University of Leuven, in charge of the lectures on building physics, building services and part of building construction. Transformation of the working group into the Laboratory of Building Physics in 1978
1981-2008 Full professor at the University of Leuven, responsible for the lectures on building physics (part 1, heat and mass transfer, till 2003, part 2, acoustics and lighting, till 1990, performance based building design from 1990 till 2005 and building services (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, sanitary installations) from 1990 till 2008. Head of the Laboratory of Building Physics, becoming the Unit of Building Physics at the Department of Civil Engineering in 1990. Research and consultancy on energy, thermal comfort, indoor environmental quality, performance based building design and sustainable construction. Involved in curing many hundreds of damage cases.
2008 Professor Emeritus from October 1 on.