Alexander L. Kalamkarov is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada since 1993, and Director of Smart Materials Centre since 1995. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the Moscow Lomonosov State University in 1979 and the Doctor of Sciences (Habilitation) from the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1990. His academic career spans over 42 years in Research and University teaching. He has taught in Universities in the USA, England, France, Australia, Japan, Brazil and visited numerous Universities and Research Institutes around the world. Prof. Kalamkarov is awarded the CADCAM Gold Medal for the “outstanding contribution in the area of Applied Mechanics” in 2011. He is awarded the Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2002; the Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) in 2001; and the Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2007. Prof. Kalamkarov is a Member of numerous prestigious International Editorial and Advisory Boards and the International Conference Organizing Committees in the area of advanced composite materials and smart structures. Research performed by Prof. Kalamkarov in the areas of advanced composite materials and smart materials and structures is internationally recognized. He has authored more than 350 research publications, including over 160 refereed journal papers, 8 Research Monographs, and 2 US patents. Prof. Kalamkarov has made a major contribution to the fundamental analysis, design, and optimization of composite materials and smart composite structures, composite reinforced shells, and plates.
Professor Sabu Thomas is currently Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Prof. Thomas is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaim for his work in Nanoscience, Polymer Science and Engineering and Green Materials. Professor Thomas has received more than 30 national and international awards which include, FRSC UK, Distinguished Professorship from Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, MRSI medal,CRSI medal, Distinguished Faculty Award, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Scientific Excellence – 2016,Mahatma Gandhi University- Award for Outstanding Contribution –Nov. 2016, Lifetime Achievement Award of the Malaysian Polymer Group, Sukumar Maithy Award Faculty Research Award, Trila – Academician of The Year, Fellowship of the European Academy of Sciences He is in the list of most productive researchers in India and holds a position of No.5. Prof. Thomas has been conferred Honoris Causa (D.Sc) by the University of South Brittany, Lorient, France, Siberian Federal University, Russia and University of Lorraine, Nancy, France, awarded Senior Fulbright Fellowship, National Education Leadership Award – 2017 for Excellence in Education. Prof Thomas also won 6th contest of "mega-grants" - Russian Federation. Recently, he has been ranked 114th in the list of the world’s best scientists that has been compiled by Stanford University in the US. He figures in the list as the second-best scientist in India in the field of polymer science. Professor Thomas has published over 1200 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has co-edited 150 books and is the inventor of 15 patents. The H index of Prof. Thomas is 112 and has more than 61,000 citations. Prof. Thomas has delivered over 350 Plenary/Inaugural and Invited lectures in national/international meetings over 40 countries. Prof. Thomas has supervised 115 PhD programmes and his students occupy leading positions in academia and industry in India and abroad.
Vakhtang Barbakadze has expertise in isolation and structure elucidation of a new series of plant polyethers, which are endowed with pharmacological properties as immunomodulatory, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and anti-cancer agents. Besides, he interested in enantioselective synthesis and biological activities of a basic monomeric moiety of these polyethers, synthesis of enantiomerically pure epoxides as chiral building blocks for the production of synthetic analogs of natural polyethers by chemical and enzymatic catalysis. He has received a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry and a DSci degree in Biology in 1978 and 1999 from the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Moscow, Russia, and the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Tbilisi, Georgia, respectively. He is Head of the Department of Plant Biopolymers and Chemical Modification of Natural Compounds at Tbilisi State Medical University I.Kutateladze Institute of Pharmacochemistry. In 1996 and 2002 he has been a visiting scientist at Utrecht University, Departments of Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Chemistry, Utrecht, The Netherlands, by University Scholarship and The Netherlands organization for scientific research (NWO) Scholarship Scientific Program, respectively. He is also an organizing committee member and renowned speaker for many reputed scientific conferences. He has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals. In 2004 he was a Georgian State Prize Winner in Science and Technology.
Dr. Osman Adiguzel graduated from the Department of Physics, Ankara University, Turkey in 1974 and received Ph.D.- degree from Dicle University, Diyarbakir-Turkey. He studied at Surrey University, Guildford, UK, as a post-doctoral research scientist in 1986-1987, and his studies focused on shape memory alloys. He worked as a research assistant, 1975-80, at Dicle University and shifted to Firat University in 1980. He became a professor in 1996, and he has been retired due to the age limit of 67; following academic life of 45 years. He published over 60 papers in international and national journals; He joined over 100 conferences and symposia at the international and national level as a participant, invited speaker, or keynote speaker with contributions. He served as the program chair or conference chair/co-chair in some of these activities. In particular, he joined in last six years (2014 - 2019) over 60 conferences as Speaker, Keynote Speaker and Conference Co-Chair organized by South Asian Institute of Science and Engineering (SAISE), web: http://saise.org/, Science and Engineering Institute (SCIEI), web: http://www.sciei.org, International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology, web: http://www.iacsit.org/, Scientific Federation, web: https://scientificfederation.com/, IASED, web: http://www.iased.org/, The Academic World Education and Research Center (AWER-Center), web: http://www.awer-center.org/, and other institutes and companies. Additionally, he retired at the end of November 2019 and contributed with Keynote/Plenary Speeches to 10 Virtual/Webinar Conferences in the first year of his retirement, 2020. Dr. Adiguzel served his directorate of Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Firat University in 1999-2004. He supervised 5 Ph.D.- theses and 3 M.Sc theses. He is also a Technical committee member of many conferences. He received a certificate which is being awarded to him and his experimental group in recognition of significant contribution of 2 patterns to the Powder Diffraction File – Release 2000. The ICDD (International Centre for Diffraction Data) also appreciates the cooperation of his group and interest in the Powder Diffraction File.
Chamil Abeykoon is an Associate Professor of the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester and he is working mainly with the Northwest Composts Centre and the Aerospace Research Institute, and supervising research students affiliated with the Department of Materials and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UoM. Chamil received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2007, with the award of best performance in mechanical engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the Queen's University Belfast, U.K., in 2011, with several publications, in which one of his publications received the Young Author Best Paper Award from the IEEE in 2011. After completing the Ph.D. degree, he briefly worked as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering with the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, a Research Fellow with the University of Bradford, U.K., and a Lecturer of Engineering with the Glyndwr University, U.K., before joining the UoM. So far, he has authored 65+ peer-reviewed journals/conference papers. Moreover, he has authored a monograph, “Polymer Extrusion: A Study on Thermal Monitoring Techniques and Melting Issues.” His current research interests include process monitoring, modeling, and control; soft sensors and soft sensing; process instrumentation; renewable energy technologies; 3D printing, phase change materials; and heat transfer. He is an Associate Member of the professional bodies, including IESL, IMechE, IOM3, and ICPM; and also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, U.K. Moreover, he is currently serving as an Associate Editor of 7 academic journals including Composites Communications and Journal of Fluid Flow, Heat, and Mass Transfer. Also, he is serving as a visiting professor of Southwest University, China. He has been served on scientific committees, and he has also been invited for keynote speeches at several international conferences.
Soshu Kirihara is a doctor of engineering and a professor of Joining and Welding Research Institute (JWRI), Osaka University, Japan. In his main investigation “Materials Tectonics” for environmental improvements of “Geotechnology”, multi-dimensional structures were successfully fabricated to modulate energy and materials flows effectively. Ceramic and metal components were fabricated directly by smart additive manufacturing, design, and evaluation (Smart MADE) using high power ultraviolet laser lithography. Original stereolithography systems were developed, and a new start-up company “SK-Fine” was established through academic-industrial collaboration.
Tetsu Mitsumata received a PhD degree in Polymer Science in 1999 from Hokkaido University under the direction of Prof. Y. Osada and Prof. J. P. Gong. After the Ph.D., he studied stimuli-responsive polymer gels at Yamagata University as an assistant professor. In 2002, he joined the laboratory of Dr. P. Dekepper (CRPP Bordeaux in France) to study nonlinear chemistry in solutions and gels. Now, He works at the department of materials science and technology at Niigata University as an associate professor. He has published more than 70 scientific papers, 17 review papers, 8 books, and 7 patents including international patents, dedicated to Soft Materials, especially magnetic responsive gels or elastomers. He has delivered invited lectures not only in scientific conferences but also in manufacturing companies.
Dr. Nilofar Asim obtained her BSc in Applied Chemistry, MSc in Inorganic Chemistry from Tehran University and Ph.D. in Materials Science from National University of Malaysia. She is presently being an Associate professor at solar energy Research Institute, a center of excellence for the research and development in solar energy technology, National University of Malaysia (UKM). She has been involved in the field of materials science for more than 18 years. Her main contributions are in the synthesis of nanomaterials, composites, and investigation of their application; photocatalysts; inorganic polymers (geopolymers); Materials related to a renewable energy application and using agricultural and industrial wastes as a resource. She has published more than 90 research papers in journals and conferences.
ELSAYED AHMED ELNASHAR, Full-Professor of textiles Apparel, Kaferelsheikh University, Egypt. Born on 19 /8/1965. Have Ph.D. 2000, Msc.1995, Bsc.1989, Helwan University. Diploma1985advanced industrial textiles institute. He holds several academic administrative positions: Dean, Vice Dean, Head of Department, He has many textiles patents, Member of international scientific committees. Development of Faculties of Education commissioned of Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities. Has design books published in Germany and Ukraine. Has published over 205 scientific Articles. Editorial board member & Reviewer for more than 115 journals, an organizer for more than 95 conferences and workshops over the world, Founder and editor of two scientific journals. And Smartex Conference Egypt. Member of the editorial board of several international journals and conferences, He has made many scientific agreements with European & African universities. His Research Interests are functional Nano biodegradable, Multistitched 3D Nano Composite and Using remote sensing technology for monitoring of chemical pollutions and bioremediation of chemical -contaminated water.
Professor Hamid Akbarzadeh is a Canada Research Chair (CRC Tier 2) in Multifunctional Metamaterials, an Assistant Professor in the Solid Mechanics and Bio-inspired advanced materials in the Bioresource Engineering Department, and an Associate Member in the Mechanical Engineering Department of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Professor Akbarzadeh exploits Fundamentals of solid mechanics, computational multiscale and multiphysics simulation, and Advanced manufacturing to develop the next generation of architected multifunctional metamaterials and meta-structures with unrivaled multiphysical properties. He is author/co-author of 84 articles in peer-reviewed journals like Advanced Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Acta Materialia, Carbon, International Journal of Engineering Science, Chemical Engineering Journal, Materials & Design, Composite Part B: Engineering, Composite Structures, and ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics.
Sujan Denath have around 21 years of teaching, research, and industrial experience in the Mechanical, Materials, and Manufacturing engineering area. I am a Chartered Professional Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, UK (CEng MIMechE) since 2012 and a Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy, UK and the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM). I have been working as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Eng., Curtin University, Malaysia since October 2008. After completion of MSc (Manufacturing Technology), I had been teaching in KPYP Malaysia (Franchised with Liverpool John Moores University, UK, 1997-1998) and subsequently BEng (Hons.), Mechanical Engineering Program in Linton College, Malaysia (Franchised with The Nottingham Trent University, UK) where I served as the BEng Final Year Project Coordinator (2001-2002) and Mechanical Engineering Course Leader (2003~2006). In TNTU BEng (Hons.), I was managing academic matters related to BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Degree Programmer as well as communicating with the parent university, i.e. The Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (TNTU) regarding course material, course work, organizing course committee meeting throughout the academic year, processing Accredited Prior Learning schemes for students from other institutions for approval of TNTU, providing student counseling regarding their academic affairs, organizing academic meetings with TNTU staff, and Leading BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering team for successful accreditation by the Malaysian National Accreditation Committee. I was also in charge of Final year project coordinator B. Eng (Hons.), Mechanical Engineering Programmer. (2001-2003) where I conducted interim and final presentations and facilitated students to visit industries for project information. I have served as the HOD of Mechanical Engineering from October 2014 to December 2017 in Curtin Malaysia. As the HOD, I had regularly communicated with various stakeholders including industrial partners, parents, students, the local community, and accreditation bodies. I had regular formal and informal interactions with my Curtin Perth counterparts regarding course delivery and management. I was responsible for the management of the staff of the department including recruitment, induction, mentoring, staff development, work planning, and performance review ensuring faculty objectives achieved. I was involved in numerous professional development activities including mentoring, course development, participating in seminars and workshops, engaging with communities and stakeholders which had, directly and indirectly, benefited me, my colleagues, and students, as well as my university. As the HOD of Mechanical Engineering (Curtin Malaysia), the following are my significant achievements: ∙ Led the Department for successful accreditation by Engineers Australia (EA) and Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) Malaysia ∙ Led the department for successful benchmarking exercise with Monash University Malaysia in 2015 and University Malaya in 2017 ∙ Led the department for successful design and implementation of the Integrated Design Project (IDP) unit which is also known as the Capstone Unit in course curriculum in 2017 ∙
Dr. Kokkarachedu Varaprasad is an Investigator at the Center for Advanced Polymer Research, Concepcion, Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in Hydrogels for Antibacterial Materials in Polymer Science & Tech. He was the recipient of 3 International Postdoctoral Fellowships in Creighton University, USA, Tshwane University of Technology SA, and Universidad de Concepcion, Chile. During this period, he developed modern antibiotic and polymeric biomaterials. He has published over 110 articles, including, 2patents, 20 book chapters, 1 book (one book proposal is accepted) with 30 h-index and more than 3425 citations, and the recipient of 9 research grants (2 projects ranked as 1 and 4th). Member in several Societies. He guided several students in the biomaterials field. His primary objective is to translate primary polymer and nanotechnology research results into improved patient care.