Iwan van Beurden graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology, with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he started working for Yokogawa Industrial Safety Systems where he worked in R&D and Operations as a Safety Assessment Specialist. He was involved with the implementation of IEC 61508 within the company dealing with SIS reliability calculations and the safety education of engineers. In October 2000, he moved to the US and started working for exida.com as a Senior Safety Specialist. In this role he performs failure modes, effects, and diagnostic analyses, a variety of reliability analyses, and SIL verifications, and he also gives training.