Plenary Speakers

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Professor Robert O. Ritchie, University of California Berkeley, USA

Professor Ritchie's research focuses on the mechanical behaviour of engineering & biological materials at multiple length-scales, with emphasis on mechanistic understanding at nano to micro scales & fracture mechanics/fatigue analysis at micro to macro scales. His current interests are in developing lightweight bio-inspired materials with exceptional toughness, high-temperature behaviour of ceramic-matrix composites, damage-tolerance in bulk-metallic glasses & high-entropy alloys and fracture in human bone.

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Professor Siegfried Schmauder, Institute for Materials Testing, Materials Science and Strength of Materials, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Prof. Schmauder’s activities focus in particular on research and development work in the area of microstructure mechanics, multi-scale modeling, material and component testing, material development and optimization, as well as component reliability and design. Experimental and numerical investigation techniques are applied to steels, light alloys, fiber composite materials on a metal and polymer basis, metal/ceramic composite materials, hard metals and coatings. The investigative focus is on microstructure modeling and nanosimulation with a view to examining the correlation between material structure and material properties as well as shedding light on the phenomena that occur at grid level that are important in terms of elastic and plastic material and damage response. Future areas of application are in the field of medical technology.

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Professor Somnath Ghosh, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Professor Somnath Ghosh is the Michael G. Callas Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At JHU, he is the founding director of the JHU Center for Integrated Structure-Materials Modeling and Simulation (CISMMS) and the Air Force Center of Excellence in Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM). Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins University, he was the John B. Nordholt Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at the Ohio State University till March 2011.

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Professor Nasr Ghoniem, University of California at Los Angeles, USA

Professor Ghoniem is currently a distinguished professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and is also a professor of materials science & Engineering at UCLA. He obtained a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1977.  His experience is in the development, through modelling and experiments, of structural materials in the severe nuclear, Mechanical, and Aerospace environments. He is fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, and the Materials Research Society. 

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Professor Chun Wang, Head the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW, Australia

Professor Chun Wang is the Head the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW. Previously he held the appointments as the Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre at RMIT University between 2009 and 2016, and the Head of Advanced Composites Technologies at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation between 1995 and 2009. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1991, and bachelor’s degree from Huazhong University Science and Technology in 1985. His research interests include advanced composites materials, adhesive bonding and repairs, structural health prognostics and multifunctional structures. His innovations have been incorporated in commercial software for fatigue design, engineering manuals for designing structural repairs for advanced fibre composite structures, and international patents for in situ imaging of structural damage. He is an elected Fellow of the Australia’s Academy of Technology and Engineering (FTSE).