It is with deep sorrow that we share news of the passing of Dr. Sophie Wastiaux on December 1, 2022. She was the main driver for Air Liquide joining MTI as a member company in 2004 and had an active role as project member of many MTI projects, such as metal dusting, H2 PSA fatigue, and HTHA (high temperature hydrogen attack). She was the champion of the first and second HTHA projects and led them successfully to completion. In 2017, Sophie became the EuroTAC Chairperson. For three years, she led the group with dynamism, liveliness, authority, and willingness to reach consensus in order to successfully develop projects among the most important ones funded by MTI. Her leadership during the EuroTAC meetings in Tarragone, Frankfurt, Cambridge, Versailles, Basel, and Amsterdam was key to their success.
Sophie was more than a kind colleague—she was thought of by many as a fighting spirit, professional, expert, guide, advisor, and leader. Being a senior international expert at Air Liquide, Sophie helped to shape the way toward Mechanical Integrity at the Air Liquide Group. She always brought calmness, grace and kindness to all she did.
Sophie will be greatly missed at Air Liquide, the EuroTAC group, and by the entire MTI community.