12. Who am I ?
Bertrand Ricque was born in France in 1960 and spent his childhood abroad. He developed a strong taste for international relations and cultural exchanges. After a BS in mechanics, he enters Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (French military academy). He completes an MS in general engineering, specialises in unmanned airborne systems and starts his career as commanding officer of a drone unit in the French Army. He gets familiar with high technology systems, team organisation and initiative.
In 1990 he switches to industrial activities and is appointed Senior Project Manager within Elsag Bailey. He manages various projects in pharmaceuticals, petrochemical, offshore, classic and nuclear energy industries. He then holds managing positions within different suppliers of automated production systems, such as Rockwell Automation, Euraltech and Vanderlande Industries. Within all these companies, he promotes good engineering practices based on efficient project management and automated systems dependability. Since 2004, Bertrand Ricque is Defense Systems Program Manager within Sagem Défense Sécurité almost exclusively for export programs.
He contributes to Instrumentation, Systems and Automation society SP84 committee and to International Electro technical Commission SC65A workgroup. He works on the IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 standards writing as well as on their impact on associated standards such as those covering the fieldbuses for instance. He is trainer and consultant for safety instrumented systems and FDA certification for Control Chain Group. He conducts IEC 61508/61511 audits for hazardous plants and infrastructures. He has been appointed Safran group's expert for functional safety. He gave lectures at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
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