Here are Organising Committee Members
The University of Texas at El Paso
Devesh Misra is Professor and Chair in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India and PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Science from University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Misraâ€™s interdisciplinary research interests include advanced high strength-high toughness combination metals and alloys for structural and functional applications, materials for energy systems, biomaterials, and nanostructured materials including composite materials. These research programs involve the use of a broad spectrum of materials characterization techniques such as electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, EBSD, atomic force microscopy, and mechanical testing
Wright State University
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University of Liverpool
Dr Kate Black gained her PhD in Material Science at the University of Liverpool in 2008. She then went on to join the University of Cambridge as a Research Associate in the Centre for Advance Photonic and Electronics, principally working on the development of novel materials for supercapacitors. In 2013 Kate became a Lecturer in the Centre for Materials and Structures at the University of Liverpool, School of Engineering. Kateâ€™s research interests are primarily focused on the development of novel functional materials, using inkjet printing, for the manufacture of electronic and optoelectronic devices. Her main area of expertise is in the development of novel Reactive Organo-Metallic inks (ROM) which are particle-free and can be exploited to produce a wide a variety of functional materials, such as conductors, insulators and semiconductors.
The University of Manchester
Chamil Abeykoon 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 Queens 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. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Materials, University of Manchester (UoM). He is working mainly with the Northwest Composts Centre and the Aerospace Research Institute, and supervising research students affiliated with the School of Materials, UoM, and the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UoM. So far, he has authored 50+ peer-reviewed journals/conference papers. Moreover, he has authored a monograph, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Polymer Extrusion: A Study on Thermal Monitoring Techniques and Melting Issues.Ã¢â‚¬Â His current research interests include: process monitoring, modeling, and control; and 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, and ICPM; and also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, U.K. Moreover, he is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer and Composites Communications. 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 of several international conferences.
National Research Council of Canada
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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
Roland LogÃ© is an associate professor at EPFL, with a primary affiliation to the Materials Institute, and a secondary affiliation to the Microengineering Institute. After graduating in 1994 at UCL (Belgium) in Materials Engineering, he earned a Master of Science in Mechanics in 1995, at UCSB Santa Barbara (USA). He received his PhD at Mines Paristech-CEMEF (France) in 1999, where he specialized in metal forming and associated microstructure evolutions. After a postdoc at Cornell University (USA) between 1999 and 2001, he entered CNRS in France. In 2008, he was awarded the ALCAN prize from the French Academy of Sciences, together with Yvan Chastel. In 2009 he became head of the Metallurgy-Structure-Rheology research group at CEMEF. In 2011, he launched a â€œGroupement de Rechercheâ€ (GDR), funded by CNRS, networking most of the researchers in France involved in recrystallization and grain growth. In 2013, he became Research Director at CNRS. In March 2014 he joined EPFL as the head of the Laboratory of Thermomechanical Metallurgy.
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Kilian Wasmer heads the Dynamical Processes group and deputy head at the Laboratory for Advanced Material Processing at Empa. He started his career with an apprenticeship of mechanics in Sion (Switzerland). Then, in 1999, he received two BSc diplomas in mechanical engineering; one from the Applied University of Sion (Switzerland) and one from the Applied University of Soest (Germany). Also in 1999, he joined Imperial College London, in the UK, as a research assistant with a Switzerland-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) scholarship. He stayed in the mechanical engineering department from Imperial College London until he obtained his PhD degree in 2003. In 2014, he received an EMBA from HEC Lausanne of University of Lausanne. He has been a regular lecturer in the ETH domain, University of applied sciences as well as in continuous education courses and PhD Schools since 2007. He joined Empa in 2004 as postdoc working in the field of nanoindentation and micromechanics. His current research focuses on the fundamental understanding of high dynamical processes. In other words, he is interested to investigate the interaction of any kind of tool with any kind of material but in real-time. His research includes the fields of tribology, fracture mechanics, all kind of laser processing, machining of materials, etc. The strategy adopted to be successful is to combine specific, various but complementary in-situ methods such as optical and acoustic emission sensors, high-speed camera, etc. with high level signal and image processing based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. He is author and co-author of around 100 publications and 4 patents from which 3 in quality control of industrial processes.
Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor (tenured) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. With over 20 years of experience on various shape-memory materials (including alloys, polymers, composites, and hybrids), he has published over 190 papers in journals, such as Materials Today, Accounts of Chemical Research, and Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 280 international journals (including Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Material, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from Springer, CRC, and Elsevier. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys â€“ fundamentals and device applications, and Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of over two dozen of international journals.
Technical University of Munich
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Institute of Ceramics and Glass
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Northwestern Polytechnical University
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Soshu Kirihara is a doctor of engineering and a professor of Joining and Welding Research Institute (JWRI), Osaka University, Japan. In his main investigation â€œMaterials Tectonicsâ€ for environmental improvements of â€œGeotechnologyâ€, 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 new start-up company â€œSK-Fineâ€ was established through academic-industrial collaboration.
National Cheng Kung University
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KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Sasan Dadbakhsh is an assistant professor with a focus on Additive manufacturing, working at production engineering department at KTH. He has recently moved to KTH in order to develop an interdisciplinary additive manufacturing group with the help of colleagues from other departments, after over 6 years of post-doctoral research at KU Leuven (Belgium). Before his postdoctoral research role at KU Leuven, he has developed novel â€œin situâ€ aluminium composites via SLM during his PhD at the University of Exeter (UK). As an expert in design of materials and adapting the machine parameters for AM technologies, his research interests are wide and range from polymers to metals, metal matrix composites, shape memory alloys and advanced materials with a view to implement the necessary material/machine adjustments.