Dr. Seeram Ramakrishna, Director of Centre for Nanofibers and Nanotechnology at the National University of Singapore, completed his post graduation from Department of Mechanical Engineering in the year 1988. He is the co-founder of Global Engineering Deans Council and also an editorial board member of international journals. It was a matter of immense pride for Chennai36 to interact with him a day before he was conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2018. Read on to know more about his academic journey, his perspective on current research scenario, etc.
Jean-Yves Hascoët is full Professor at Ecole Centrale Nantes, France since 2000. He is member of the Research institute IRCCyN-CNRS unit. His research topics are HSM, CAD-CAM, Rapid Manufacturing (Additive Manufacturing, ISF, welding process, …) and Parallel Kinematic Machine. He is in charge of an experimental Rapid Manufacturing Platform (PKM HSM Milling machine, turning machines, ISF, Clad Additive Manufacturing, …). This platform is common to 2 CNRS Institutes (IRCCyN and GeM / ECN campus). He manages several research and industrial (regional, national, european, international) projects. He contributes to the technical group ISO 184/SC1 committee on the development of a new model for the NC machining programming via the Step-NC protocol. He is (partial time) expert for the french ministry of research (DRRT) since 2007.
Jarek Rossignac is Professor of Computing at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on the design, representation, simplification, compression, analysis and visualization of complex 3D shapes and animations. Before joining Georgia Tech in 1996 as the Director of the GVU Center, he was the Visualization Strategist and Senior Manager at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in E.E. from the University of Rochester, a Diplôme d'Ingénieur ENSEM, and a Maîtrise in M.E. from the University of Nancy, France. He holds 24 patents and published 164 peer-reviewed articles for which he received 23 Awards and over 12000 citations. He created the ACM Symposia on Solid Modeling, chaired 20 conferences and 6 international program committees (including Eurographics), delivered over 30 Distinguished or Invited Lectures and Keynotes, organized and delivered numerous short courses and served on the editorial boards of 7 professional journals and on 82 Technical Program committees.
Prof. Suddhasatwa Basu completed Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1993 and worked for four years (1994-1997) as a postdoctoral fellow and as a visiting faculty (1997) at Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He then joined IIT Delhi in 1998 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and currently he is Professor and Head (former) of Chemical Engineering. He visited Univ. of Alberta, Canada in 2000 and 2002, Univ. of Newcastle, Aus 2005, University Karlsruhe, Germany 2006 and Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 2008 and 2010 as visiting professor. His broad research interests are in the area of interfacial and electrochemical engineering and their application in hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology. He has published 118 articles in high impact factor journals (94), conferences (24) and 2 patents. He is currently under taken six crores Rupees of sponsored research projects from DST, ISRO, GAIL, UKIERI, CSIR, RCUK, DIT, New Indigo (EU), DRDO. He is recipient of many awards, visiting fellow royal society UK, DAAD fellow, UKIERI award, distinguish alumni award from Chemical Eng Department, Calcutta University, FITT award for best thesis at IIT Delhi.
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 (alloy, polymer, composite and hybrid), he has published over 190 papers in journals, such as Accounts of Chemical Research, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and Materials Today, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 270 international journals (including Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Materials, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from Springer, Elsevier and CRC. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys – fundamentals and device applications, Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of over three dozen of journals.
Dr. Wayne NP Hung is an Associate Professor and Faculty Fellow at Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution with joint appointment to Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA. Dr. Hung served 13 years in industry as engineer and manager in both USA and Asia before switching to his academic career. He teaches and researches in the fields of micro manufacturing, additive manufacturing, and advanced materials. His work has been supported with federal and industry fundsnot only in the USA but also for collaboration with global institutions in Mexico, Brazil, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia. He is an active member of Society of Manufacturing Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Hung and his team have published 6 book chapters and more than 200 technical and educational papers.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, since January 2020, with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. My research mainly focuses on applying fundamental aspects of materials science and engineering to address the demands of various manufacturing industries via additive manufacturing
Nickolas S. Sapidis is Professor of “Computational Design and Analysis of Machine Elements” with the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Western Macedonia (Kozani, Greece), where he directs the “Division of Constructions and Materials”. He has been a Professor with the University of the Aegean, and he has also taught at the Hellenic Air Force Academy and the National Technical University of Athens. N. Sapidis holds a Diploma (1985) in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, an M.A. (1987) in Applied Mathematics from the University of Utah, USA, and an M.S. (1988) & Ph.D. (1993) in Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences from the University of Rochester, USA. N. Sapidis has been pursuing/supervising research on “Mechanical Design”, “Computer-Aided Design (CAD)”, “Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE)”, “Geometric Modeling”, “Virtual Engineering”, and “Computer Graphics”. He is the author of more than 80 papers on the above subjects. His industrial professional experience on CAD/CAE includes the General Motors R&D Center, and the Marine Technology Development Co (Greece). Published research results of N. Sapidis have been independently implemented in industrial CAD systems by R&D teams at M.I.T., Intergraph Corp., General Motors Design Centre and Tribon (AVEVA). N. Sapidis is a member of the Editorial board of more than ten international scientific journals, including Computer-Aided Design (Elsevier), Computer-Aided Design and Applications (CAD Solutions, LLC), and International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (Inderscience Publishers). N. Sapidis has served on the Program Committee of more than 100 international conferences, and was an “invited Keynote Speaker” for 7 international conferences.
Soshu Kirihara is a professor of Joining and Welding Research Institute (JWRI), Osaka University, Japan. In his main investigation “Materials Tectonics”, geometric structures were successfully fabricated to modulate energy and materials flows effectively. Original stereolithography systems were developed, and new start-up company “SK-Fine (https://sk-fine.co.jp/en)” was established through academic-industrial collaboration.