Invited Speakers

Dr Manoj Gupta is currently working as associate Professor in the department of Mechanical engineering at National University of Singapore. He is on the editorial board of 15 internation journals and on the review team of 32 journals. His current interest of reseaarch are Development of Energy Efficient Techniques such as Microwave Processing and Disintegrated Melt Deposition Processing, Development of light weight materials with current focus on magnesium based nanocomposites and Development of lead free solders with good strength and exceptional ductility.

Dr Venkateswarlu is a Principal Scientist in Materials Science Division at CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, He obtained his Ph.D. from IIT, Kharagpur in 2001. He is working in CSIR for the past 33 years. His research interests include development of Al alloys and composites, severe plastic deformation, material processing and characterisation. He published over 80 International papers and 135 National and international conference papers. He has guided, 5 M. Tech and 6 Ph.D. students, and presently 2 Ph.D. students are working with him. He is a “Fellow” of Institution of Engineers (India) Kolkata, CSIR Raman fellow, and Associate Professor of Academy CSIR. He visited Russia, China, Hungary, Japan and USA on various government fellowships. Presently, he is working on weldability studies of aerospace grade new Al alloys.

Professor Esther Akinlabi is a Full Professor and currently serves as the Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research interest is in the field of modern and advanced manufacturing processes – Friction stir welding and additive manufacturing. Her research in the field of laser based additive manufacturing include laser material processing and surface engineering. She is also interested in research in the field of renewable energy, and also conducts research in biogas production. She is a rated National Research Foundation (NRF) researcher and has demonstrated excellence in all fields of endeavors. Her mentorship and research experience is enviable as she guides her team of postgraduate students through the research journey. She is a recipient of several research grants and has received many awards of recognition to her credit. She is a member of the South African Young Academy of Science and registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa. Prof Akinlabi has filed two patents, edited one book which is being launched today, published two books and authored/co-authored over 200 peer reviewed publications.

Dr. Bade SimhaChalam Having professional experience of 21 years in Research & Development, Advanced Materials, Product development, Computer Aided Engineering, Engineering Software development and Engineering Management for Automotive, Aircraft Engines and Heavy engineering systems since 1996.Doctorate and Master from Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) in Automotive Light weighting and Safety. Post graduate diploma in Business Management from ICFAI University. Published and contributed to more than 25 International journal/Conference papers and more than 120 unpublished confidential reports related to engineering. Currently working as Senior General Manager at Corporate Technology Center, Tube Investments of India, Murugappa Group. Responsibilities are coordinating product development and research activities, academic interactions, mentoring engineers, review of design and test results, represent the team with Auto OEMs and external research organizations, people development and team work. Previous experience includes people development, new product design/development as per ASME/BS5500/Other International Codes and Structural Analysis and Engineering Software development related to Automotive, Aircraft Engines and Heavy Engineering. Other responsibilities are mentoring students from IITs, NITs and other reputed Institutes/Universities and reviewer of International Journals/Technical Papers from SAGE, SAE etc.

Dr. D. Ravi Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engg., IIT Delhi. He obtained his Ph. D. from IIT Madras in 1996 and joined R&D, Tata Steel, Jamshedpur. He joined as a faculty at IIT Delhi in 1998. His research interests include Sheet Metal Forming and FE Analysis. He published over 40 research papers in national and international journals and conferences. Dr. Ravi Kumar won the Best R&D project award in Tata Steel for the year 1997-98. He was a visiting faculty at the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2005-06. He was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institute for Metal Forming Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2008. He received J.M. Mahajan award for the outstanding young teacher in Mechanical Engg. at IIT Delhi in 2008. He was principal investigator of sponsored research projects funded by DST, ISRO and DRDO and supervised several Ph.D. and M.Tech. theses.

Prof V V KutumbaRao has been working as technical advisor for Centre for Knowledge Management in Nanoscience and Technology, Hyderabad. Dr. V KutumbaRao did his BE Metallurgical Engineering at Indian Institute of Sciences Banglore.He did his M.Tech Metallurgical Engineering and Ph.D. at Banaras Hindu University . Experience:-He worked as a faculty at different level including Professor and HOD in BHU at Department of Metallurgical Engg,IIT,BHU.He worked as Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium R D&D Centre from 1999-2002 Nagpur. He worked as the Director for Institute of Technology GITAM University and Pro Vice Chancellor for GITAM University between 2003 and 2008. He is also an honorary visiting Scientist for DMRL Hyderabad. He is Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering.(FNAE) and Indian Institute of Metals(FIIM) and Institute of Engineers India(FIE).

Distinguished scientist G Kalyanakrishnan has taken charge as Chief Executive of Hydereabad based Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC). He has a vast experience in erection and commissioning and operation of heavy water plants.
He made several pioneering contributions in streamlining various operations and activities of the heavy water plants.
He has played a key role in supply of reactor components for the forthcoming 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), being constructed at Kalpakkam

Shri Manoj Kumar Gupta is presently working as Senior Mechanical and R & D Engineer in the recently approved Mega project from Govt. of India –“LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory”. He has very wide experience of 20 years in designing, large scale vacuum and cryogenic systems. His main core expert areas are structural, thermal, cryogenics, vacuum and FEA. He is involved as the project coordinator for some of the DAE projects. He has a many research publications in well-known Journals.
He has done his M. Tech in Cryogenic Engineering. He is mentoring many projects for M. Tech. He is gold medalist.

Dr. AnandParey is working as an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Indore. He holds a doctorate degree from IIT Delhi in Mechanical Engineering in 2006. He joined University of Alberta, Canada, as Post Doctoral Fellow in 2006. He joined Larsen and Toubro, Powai, Mumbai in 2008. Since 2009 he is with IIT Indore. His focus is on condition monitoring, noise and vibration isolation and in signal processing of mechanical systems. He has around 30 research papers in International Journals. He has been involved in many sponsored projects and industrial consultancy in the field of noise and vibration.

MR. JENSON CHEN (C.C.), Thailand
ETA Technical Evangelist
-18 years of extensive experience in CAE field using LSDYNA, DYNAFORM and VPG.
-18 years of experience in the field of Sheet metal forming, tubular/sheet hydroforming and rotary draw bending.
-Extensive knowledge on Modern Formability, Draw Die Development, Advanced CGA, Draw Die Design, Thickness Strain Analysis, Die System Analysis

Akhtar S. Khan, Ph.D., P.E.,
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Editor-in-Chief, The International Journal of Plasticity; Fellow ASME
The University of Maryland Baltimore County, Engineering 210, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA

Primary research interest is in experimental and numerical studies in emerging materials (nanocrystalline metals and polymers), and new metal alloys, related to the constitutive modeling of finite plastic behavior at high strain rates and quasi‑static loading; and damage & failure modeling of composite materials and ceramics.
Secondary research interests are in development of yield and fracture criteria for granular rock materials and ceramics, elastic‑plastic fracture mechanics (especially fatigue crack propagation in metallic solids), metal forming, and in elastic‑plastic constitutive models for granular rock materials and ceramics.

Prof Robert A Schwarzer
Department of material science
Clausthal University of Technology,Germany.
His current research includes Material Characterization, Material Science, Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD), Texture, Terture Analysis and Recrystallization.
Prof Robert A Schwarzer has more than 86 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings to his credit.

Dr Matthias Weiss presently working at Deakin University, Institute for Frontier Materials, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. His research interests are Roll Forming, Material Characterization and Finite Element Simulation.

Prof K Narasimhan
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
IIT Bombay
M.Tech. (Industrial Metallurgy) IIT Madras (1984)
Ph.D. (Materials Science) Purdue (1988)

Research Interests:
Sheet metal forming, Superplasticity, Modelling and Simulation
Founder : Sheet Metal Forming Research Association

Dr. Anish Upadhyaya is Professor and Head of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He obtained his B.Tech (Hons.) degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi in 1994. Subsequently, he did his MS (in 1996) and Ph.D. (in 1998) from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. Prior to joining IIT Kanpur, he was Research Associate at Penn State and served as Manager R&D at WIDIA, Bangalore.
Dr. Upadhyaya’s research specialization is powder metallurgy (P/M) processing of materials. Dr. Upadhyaya has been a research consultant for several companies both in India and Abroad. He has co-authored two text books and has two patents. He has been a recipient of several awards including INAE Young Engineer Award, INSA Young Scientist Award and Metallurgist of the Year Award.

Dr.Hariharan is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi since Jan 2015. He received his PhD from IIT Madras in 2012 and B.E. from university of Madras. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, he has worked as a post-doc researcher in Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT), POSTECH, South Korea (2012 to 2014)and in the research department of Ashok Leyland Ltd, Chennai, India(2004 to 2012). His research areas are Sheet metal forming, Plasticity, Fatigue and Mechanical behaviour of materials.

Dr. Srinivasa Prakash Regalla obtained his PhD in 1998 on Evaluation of Boundary Friction under Sub-surface Plastic Deformation for Metal Forming Processes from IIT Delhi. He obtained his M.Tech. in 1992 with specialization of Manufacturing science/Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, where he carried out his thesis work on finite element analysis of steady state cold rolling of strain hardening material. He obtained his B.Tech. in 1990 in Mechanical Engineering from Kakatiya University, Warangal. He has 20research experience, which includes 17 years of teaching and brief industrial experience. He worked in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division (MSID) at the NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA in 1998

as the NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA in 1998 as a Guest Researcher, during which he carried out research in the engineering design technologies related to national advanced manufacturing testbed (NAMT). He authored around 50 research papers in reputed journals and conference proceedings and 2 textbooks on design and manufacturing. His current research interests are Sheet metal forming, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, medical device design and manufacturing, micro-forming, product design, MEMS, CAD/CAM, tribology. He is a recipient of the prestigious BIG-5 grant of BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for carrying out research in the area of application of CAD/CAM technologies in medical implant manufacturing. He delivered several invited and keynote lectures in reputed conferences including one on recent trends in additive manufacturing at the NTU, Singapore in 2014. He is a member of ASME, TSI, IEI and SAE. Currently he is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of WILP at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.

Dr, S K Nath has been engaged in research on wood based panel products and development of adhesive for last 31 years.He has extensively visited plywood and bamboo based industries in the country and helped the industry in process and product development. Dr. Nath is experienced in utilization of plantation timber for manufacture of plywood with respect to gluing and pre-pressing technique and technology is being widely used by plywood industry. He is the author of “Plywood Manufacturing Practices in India” – the only book on plywood technology by an Indian author. In the field of bamboo panel products, Dr. Nath has developed technology for manufacture of bamboo laminates and flooring tiles from Indian bamboo. At present Dr. Nath is working as Joint Director of IPIRTI and is in charge of research, training and testing activities of the institute.

He is a member of wood and wood products sectional committee of CED -20 of Bureau of Indian Standards and former Vice-President and a life member of Indian Academy of Wood Science. Dr. Nath has about 103 research and technical papers published in national and international journal. Have travelled across the country and abroad including Australia, China, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Nepal

Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Scientist ‘G’ in the Materials Science Division of Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, India, holds a Ph. D degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He has also been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in The Technical University of Clausthal, Germany. Dr. Singh has more than 175 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings to his credit. His current research includes the phase transformations of titanium alloys, texture development in materials during deformation and recrystallization, structural characterization by Rietveld refinement and nanomaterials.

Dr. B Praveen Kumar
Armament research & Development Establishment,
Pune – 411021
Ph No: +91-20-25865961, +91-9850098768 (Mobile)

Dr. B Praveen Kumar is currently working as Scientist at DRDO centre for Piezoceramics & Devices, Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune and jointly working as Co-ordinator Armament Research Board (ARMREB). He did his B.E. from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. His areas of interest are Piezoelectric
materials, Piezocomposites, Porous ceramics and Nano-structured materials. He is awarded with both DRDO Technology Award and DRDO Young Scientist Award for his research work on Development of Nano PZT sensor materials & devices. He has nearly 20 publications in peer reviewed journals and also serving as reviewer in few material science journals.

Dr. T. K. Nandy
Dr. Nandy heads Powder Metallurgy Division of Defence Metallurgical Research Lab. that is developing a variety of powder metallurgy products for defense applications. Currently he is involved in the development of tungsten heavy alloys for advanced penetrator applications. Dr. Nandy was previously working as Group Head of titanium alloy group in DMRL. He was primarily involved in the development of high temperature titanium alloys for gas turbine aerospace applications. He has published about 80 papers in international journals and 19 technical reports in an in-house journal.

Jeong Whan Yoon
Deakin University
Geelong Waurn Ponds, VIC 3220

Dr. Jeong Whan Yoon is currently Professor of Applied Mechanics and jointly Head of Advanced Manufacturing at Deakin University. His research focus is mainly on computational mechanics of the lightweight materials including aluminum, Mg & Ti, and composite using virtual manufacturing technology. He led AusAMRC (Australian Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing) at
Swinburne University as Research Director from 2010 to 2013. AusAMRC, which opened in November 2009, is part of 12 global networks of collaborating Boeing-engaged research centers around the world. He has published over 180 technical papers for international journals and conferences with over 2,000 citations (H-index: 24). He received “2008 International Journal of Plasticity Award” for outstanding contributions in the field of plasticity. He has been serving as an “Editorial-Board” member for International Journal of Plasticity since 2008 (IJP is the top journal in solid mechanics field with the impact factor of 4.36). As guest editors, he edited five special issues at Int. J. Plasticity and one issue at Int. J. Solids & Structures. He also has diverse industry experiences including LG Electronics (Korea) for product development, MSC Software Corporation (USA) for MSC. Nastran & Marc source code development and Alcoa Technical Center (USA) for leading the development of constitutive models for various aluminum applications. He is serving as the chairman of NUMISHEET2014 conference which is the most important conference in the field of sheet metal forming modeling and simulation. He received his PhD at KAIST in 1997.

Stephen W Bigger
BAppSci (UniMelb), PhD (UniMelb), FRACI, MACS, CChem
Director – Research and Research Training
College of Engineering and Science
Victoria University

Professor Stephen W. Bigger graduated with a BAppSci and PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia. His PhD was awarded in the applied chemistry field of polymer photo-degradation and stabilisation. After completing his PhD he was appointed as a la senior tutor and later lecturer in physical chemistry at the University of Melbourne where he worked for six years before taking up an academic

position at Victoria University, Melbourne, in 1991. He has published over 150 refereed papers and conference presentations. Professor Bigger has held several senior leadership positions at Victoria University. He is currently the Director of Research and Research Training in the College of Engineering and Science at Victoria University.

Dr. R. Jayaganthan
Associate Professor,
Dept of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering & Centre of Nanotechnology,
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand, India
Ph. No.: +91-1332-285869 (O), Fax: 91-1332-285243, 9897152375 (Mobile)

Dr. R. Jayaganthan is currently working as Associate Professor at the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. He was an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow & Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Metallurgy, Stuttgart, Germany, during 1998-2000, and subsequently served as a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore, during 2001-2004, before joining IIT Roorkee in 2005. He obtained his Ph.D Degree in Materials Engineering from IISC, Bangalore. His areas of research interest include Structure-Property Correlation in Ultrafine grained and Bulk nanostructured Materials, SPD processing of Materials, High Temperature Corrosion, and Microstructural Modeling & Simulation.

Dr. Anupam Srivastav
Associate Dean
Knowledge Oasis Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
P.B. No. 79, Al Rusayl, PC: 12

Prof Anupam Srivastav has Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering (Composite Biomaterials) and Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design) from U.P Technical University and IIT-BHU, India respectively and has over 23 years’ experience in teaching and research in the area of Materials Science, particularly Biomaterials and Composite Materials, as well as Tribology and Corrosion Studies. He is currently Professor & Associate Dean of Middle East College, Muscat, Oman (a college

in association with Coventry University, UK). Prof Anupam is life members of two professional bodies namely Indian Society for Mechanical Engineers and Society of Biomaterials and Artificial Organs (India), and is also associated as member of Editorial Board/reviewer of well-known International Journals of Engineering/Wear/Simulation and Modelling, etc and has over 30 research papers in International and Indian Journals, International Conferences, etc and contributed a chapter in a book on Biomaterials, published by INTECH, Vienna. Prof Srivastav has successfully completed research projects in the area of Tribology/biomaterials/gas sensors, sponsored/externally funded by prestigious research and quality assurance agencies in India such as DRDO, and AICTE etc. He has supervised two Ph.D and currently supervising two more Ph.Ds. He also has supervised 07 Masters (M.Tech and MDS, MBA-IT) theses.

Dr. Indra Vir Singh
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand, India
Ph. No.: +91-1332-285888 (O), Fax: 91-1332-285665, 9837351804 (Mobile)

Dr. IndraVir Singh is currently working as Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. Before joining IIT Roorkee, he completed his postdoctoral research work on nanocomposite modeling and simulation from Shinshu University, Japan. He did his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from AMU, Aligarh, Master Degree in Applied Mechanics from IIT Delhi, and PhD from BITS, Pilani.He has published a book on meshfree methods. He has been given best paper award by Institution of Engineers, India. His areas of interest include FEM, XFEM, Meshfree Methods, Fracture and Damage Mechanics, Fracture-Fatigue Behavior of Materials, Composite Modeling and Simulations, Nonlinear and Multi-scale Modeling.

Navin Kumar
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
Indian Institute of Technology Ropar
Rupnagar-140001, Punjab, India
Contact number: +91-950-121-2380 (M), +91-1881-242170 (O)

Field of Specialization
Mechanics and dynamics of Bio and Nano materials and structures, Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Instrumentation, Computational and experimental studies on Nano and Bio material characterization, Active and passive noise and vibration control, Active vibration isolation in, MEMS devices, Energy harvesting using smart materials, Fault diagnostics and condition-monitoring.

Dr. Fan-Gang (Kevin ) Tseng
Chairman: Department of Engineering and System Sciences
National Tsing-Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu ,Taiwan 30013

Dr. Fan-Gang (Kevin ) Tseng received his PhD in Microelectro Mechanical System (MEMS) from University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Currently he is a Chairman & Professor in Department of Engineering and System Science (ESS). He is a Deputy Director of Biomedical Technology Research Center, National Tsing-Hua University form 2009.

He is also affiliated Professor in Institute of Nanoengineering and Microsystem (NEMS), National Tsing Hua University and Research Fellow in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Dr. Tseng focuses his research area in MEMS, Bio-MEMS, Nano-biotechnology, Nanomedicine, Fuel Cell, MEMS packaging and Integration Dr. Tseng is in Editorial board of Applied Sciences from 2010, Journal of Circuits and Systems from 2010, open Micromachine Journal 2009, open Nanomedicine Journal 2008, MEMS special issue, Electronic Magazine 2009, Chinese Micro Electromechanical System magazine 2002,2004. He was editor of a book “Micro Electromechanical System Technology and Applications”, pressed by Precision Instrument Development Center of National Science Council, 2003. Dr. Tseng got many award such as outstanding in research award from National Science Council, Taiwan 2010-2013, iCAN Taiwan competition award, Ton-Yuan innovative competition award, The Best project award, NTHU outstanding in research award, 2005-2007, National innovation award, First class research award from National Research Council 2005-2008, Outstanding teaching award 2003, New faculty research award and many more. Dr. Tseng has published 8 Book/Book Chapters, more than 30 US and Taiwan patents.Also He has published more than 200 international Journal papers and 350 International Conference paper/proceedings.

Dr Narsingh Bahadur Singh
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Dr. N. B. Singh is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He held the position of Senior Consulting Engineer until December 30, 2011, the highest technical position in the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems at Baltimore Maryland. He is a Fellow of ASM International, a Fellow of SPIE-The International Society of Optics and Photonics, and a Fellow of OSA- The Optical Society of America (OSA), and internationally recognized for his managerial leadership and research in the area of materials science and engineering. Dr. Singh was identified as a “R&D star” to watch by R&D magazine. The American Society of Materials International honoured Dr. Singh by the “2010 Engineering Materials Achievement Award” for the acousto-optic materials for imagers. Dr. Singh has led and has been involved in several flight experiments sponsored by NASA on dendrite growth and Northrop Grumman Hg2Cl2 crystal growth experiments. He has published more than 200 journal papers, presented more than 150 papers in conferences, presented more than 80 invited talks, has more than an eighteen issued patents, more than 200 company trade secrets and invention awards. Dr. Singh has been Associate Editor of the journal, Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization, for the past twenty years. He has been editor of several proceedings of the conferences and two books. He has served as a member on the editorial board and as a referee for many other journals. Dr. Singh has served on the organizing and advisory committees of many national and international conferences. Dr. Singh served the National Academy of Sciences as a panel member on the National Materials Advisory Board (NMAB) for many years. He frequently visits his family members in India and helps students in villages for achieving their college degrees in Science and Engineering.

N. Venkata Reddy
Prof N.Venkata Reddy working as Professor in Mechanical Engineering department at IIT Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh .He completed his Doctoral Work from IIT Kanpur in 1998.
His areas of interest are Analysis of Manufacturing Processes (emphasis on Metal Forming and Generative Manufacturing) at Multi-scales; Development of Integrated Product and Process Design Systems (IPPDS); Manufacturing processes for Mass Customization; CAD/CAM

Dr. Sachin D. Kore
Dr. Sachin Kore is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam since July 2009.

He completed his Doctoral Work from IIT Bombay and Postdoctoral Work from University of Waterloo Canada.His areas of interest are Solid State Welding, Electromagnetic Manufacturing. He has published several research papers and book chapters on Electromagnetic Welding and Forming. His research work on electromagnetic forming and welding has been appreciated by Former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

Pinaki Prasad Bhattacharjee
Dr. Pinaki Prasad Bhattacharjee is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Areas of interest : Novel alloys development through Combinatorial Approach, Materials processing and testing, Materials characterization using electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, Phase transformation in metals and alloys, Crystallographic texture in metals and alloys, Micro-mechanics.

Dr. Prashantha Kalappa
Polymers and Composites Technology & Mechanical Engineering Department
Ecole des Mines de Douai 941, rue Charles Bourseul B.P.10838-59508 Douai Cedex, France

Dr. Prashantha Kalappa received his Ph.D degree in Industrial Chemistry from Kuvempu University, India. After earning his PhD degree, he worked at the Indian Institute of Science-India as a Post doctoral researcher doing research on thermomechanical behavior of polymer nanocomposites. He then worked at Chonbuk National university-South Korea as a visiting scientist. During that time, he worked on “Processing and Characterization of carbon nanotube filled polymer nanocomposites for industrial applications”. At present he is a faculty at the Department of Polymers and Composites Technology & Mechanical Engineering, Ecole des Mines de Douai – France. His current research focuses on the “Processing and Characterization of all natural polymer nanocomposites, smart polymers and biopolymers”. He has published many research papers in peer reviewed journals and written three book chapters.

Dr. Jaroslaw W. Drelich
Department of Material Science and Engineering Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI, USA

Dr. Jaroslaw W. Drelich received his BS degree in chemistry and his MS degree in chemical technology from the Technical University of Gdansk (TUG), Poland, in 1983. After earning his MS degree, he worked at the TUG for 6 years as a research associate doing applied research on oily-soil remediation, deoiling of aqueous waste, oil spill clean-up, and designing extraction units for analysis of oil concentration in water. At that time, he also worked as a consultant and an engineer to a few private engineering firms located in Gdansk (Poland), mostly designing wastewater treatment plants and units and analyzing quality of discharged waters from industrial operations.

Along with a few other faculty and engineering staff at the TUG, he contributed to invention, development and production of novel coalescence filters designed for cleaning small wastewater stream from dispersed oil. Jaroslaw earned his Ph.D. degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Utah in 1993. He then worked at the University of Utah for four years as postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor. During that time his work concentrated on fundamental and advanced concepts of surface chemistry that he applied to oil sands processing, mineral processing, and materials recycling.

Dr. Bernard Rolfe
School of Engineering and Technology Deakin University Australia

Bernard Rolfe completed his doctorate at the Australian National University (2002) investigating novel methods of inverse modelling for metal forming processes. Currently, he is a senior lecturer at Deakin University in Australia. He has been a part of ten successful competitive large research grants, totalling over AUD $5 million in awarded funds, and he has published over 50 refereed articles. His current research focus is the forming of light weight structures, including the development of better material models for metal forming. In 2008 Bernard led the Deakin’s successful project team for Creating the Model-T for the 21st Century – a Global University Challenge.