Gerben Sinnema

European Space Agency (ESA)Structural Engineer

Gerben Sinnema is the focal point for fracture control in the Structure, Mechanisms & Materials Division of the European Space Agency at ESTEC. He obtained his mechanical engineering degree in applied mechanics in 1988 from University of Twente in The Netherlands.

He started his nearly 30 year long career in space working on launcher structures at Fokker Space from 1990-1999, before joining ESA. His current responsibilities include implementation and certification of fracture control on structures developed by ESA for manned and unmanned projects. This includes contribution to the tools, methodologies and requirements for fracture control, fracture mechanics and fatigue.