INVITED SPEAKERS


Dr. Alibakhsh Kasaeian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1975. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Renewable Energies at University of Tehran. He received his Ph.D degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Tehran in 2004. Before coming to University of Tehran (2010), he had seven years of experience as faculty member at University of Semnan and University of Zanjan. He is the head of solar energy lab at his faculty and before, he was the research chancellor of the Faculty of New Science & Technologies, University of Tehran. Dr. Kasaeian has 15 years of experience as expert, consultant and manager in the Iranian industry sector as well. He also has been the international consultant and manager of commercialization & technology transfer division at the Science & Technology Park, University of Tehran. His area of expertise and interest includes: renewable energies, solar energy conversion, heat transfer, nanofluid, and optimization. He is the author of around 100 ISI papers, published in reputed international journals. He also has registered 12 Iranian patents, mostly in the field of solar energy. Dr. Kasaeian is an editor in the Journal of Thermal Engineering, and guest editor in the International Journal of Photoenergy. 

 

Dr. Balaram Kundu is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Jadavpur University since January 2014. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 2000.  He worked as a Research Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea for two years and nine months. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Regional Engineering College Durgapur (Presently NIT Durgapur) in 1993 and post graduated in Thermal Engineering from Bengal Engineering College (Deemed University) (at present IIESTS) in 1995. His Area of Expertise includes: analytical heat transfer, solar collector, thermal insulation, extended surface heat transfer, fin-and-tube heat exchanger, biological heat transfer, etc. He is the author of more than eighty four technical papers published in referred international journals. He is recipient of Institutional Medal for the best paper published in the Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India), Outstanding Faculty Award - the VIFFA 2015, CEE Teacher’s Excellence Award 2015, etc. He is an Editor/Editorial Board Member of more than fourteen International Journals. 

 

Bekir S. Yilbas received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Birmingham University. He was awarded the Doctor of Engineering in 2005 by Birmingham University owing to his significant contribution to his field of study. His research extends in renewable energy, surface treatment, thermal processing and engineering applications in mechanical engineering. He has published over 750 journal papers in reputable international journals and presented over 100 papers at international conferences. He has authored 10 books and served as an editorial board member of international journals. He has over 10 patents in various areas.  He has received numerous awards as recognition of his research work. He taught various courses in thermal science and manufacturing areas. Currently, he is affiliated as a distinguished university professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

 

Lazarus Godson Asirvatham is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology at Karunya University, Coimbatore, India. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India in 2011. His research interests include, Nanofluid Heat Transfer, Heat Pipes for Electronic Cooling Applications, Thermoelectric Cooling, Mini and Micro Channel Heat Transfer and Thermal Energy Storage. Professor Godson is the head of the Centre for Research in Material Science and Thermal Management (CRMS&TM).

 

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ali received his PhD (2011) in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London, UK in the area of condensation heat transfer. He then joined Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan where he has been teaching to undergrads and postgrads. He worked as postdoctoral fellow (2016) at Mechanical Engineering Department of University of California, Merced, USA. His main research areas are condensation, boiling, nanofluids, phase change materials, thermal systems, desalination and solar energy. He is member of editorial boards of Journal Thermal Science, Strojniški vestnik – Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Thermal Engineering, the Open Mechanical Engineering Journal and Journal Mechanical Engineering Research. 

 

Hakan F. Oztop was born in 1973 in Elazig, Turkey. He is an Associate Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technology Faculty, Firat University, Elazig, TURKEY. He got the BS Degree from Firat University, Department of Mechanical engineering in 1996, MS and PhD from the same university at 1998 and 2003, respectively. He had been in Ecole Poyltechnique de Montreal, CANADA in 2002 and Auburn University, USA, as a visiting scholar in 2004. He got scholarship from Turkish Research Council (TUBITAK) and NATO for post-doctorate positions. His research has been involved numerical heat transfer and fluid flow in forced, mixed and natural convection through duct or cavities including clear, porous or nanofluid media. He has also experience on second law analysis of thermofluids system , energy efficiency and renewable energy techologies.  In recent years, he deals with energy storage by using Phase Change Materials, thermal batteries and nano particle enhanced Phase Change Materials. He has published 256 papers in SCI journals and 100 research papers in international or national conferences and national journals. His h-index is 46. He is associate editors in journals of International Journal of Mechanical Science (Associate Editor), Thermal Science (Regional Editor) and Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics.

 

Hikmat S. Hilal is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Advanced Materials. He obtained his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from University of Manchester in 1980 and 2016, respectively. Since then he has joined An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. His teaching activities span general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, catalysis, solid state and semiconductors, group theory, organometallics and structural methods, for B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. His research involves solar energy utilization in electricity production and water purification disinfection. Hilal established the first group in Palestine in areas of advanced materials related to solar energy and semiconductor research. His group includes colleagues and students who have published more than 100 articles and conference papers. He published 5 books and research book chapters together with a patent. He has been active in conferences as a member of organizing committees and scientific committees and invited speaker. His works stem from his research lab inside Palestine. He is a permanent reviewer for the highliy ranked journals Electrochimica Acta, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry and others. He established and chaired the Center of Excellence in Materials Sciences and Nano Technology.

 

Dr. Majid R. Ayatollahi (PhD, University of Bristol, UK, 1998) is distinguished professor and director of fatigue and fracture research laboratory in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). His main fields of interest are fracture mechanics, and experimental and computational solid mechanics. Professor Ayatollahi is the author of a book published by Springer International in 2016 titled “Characterization of Carbon Nanotube-Based Composites Under Consideration of Defects”. With an h-index=38, he has published more than 185 fully refereed papers in well-known international (ISI) journals (according to Scopus) and more than 300 papers in the proceedings of national and international conferences. He is currently a member of the editorial boards for six international journals and has served as reviewer for more than 40 international journals. Professor Ayatollahi received a prestigious award as “National Distinguished Professor” in the year 2014 from the Iranian ministry of science, research and technology, a highly competitive award in Iran. In addition, he has achieved several awards from IUST as distinguished professor/researcher in different years. Professor Ayatollahi also received in five consecutive years a prestigious national award from the Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers for supervising the best theses in mechanical engineering. He was member of the university research council at IUST for ten years and is currently the Iran’s representative in the Asian Society of Experimental Mechanics. His research lab is now in international research collaboration with several renowned European and East Asian institutions. He has been invited as keynote speaker in several international conferences and universities.

 

Professor Nihad Dukhan is among few worldwide scholars who have made sizable contribution to the science and technology of metal foam including the latest book on metal foam and its applications.  His highly-cited publications stand at 142 refereed articles (43 journals; 99 conferences) and one book.   He has been an invited speaker in many national and international conferences.  He has also tackled diverse pedagogical issues in mechanical engineering education.  He received several prestigious awards, including the Faculty Achievement Award (the highest honor from University of Detroit Mercy), Fulbright Scholar Award and Fellow grade of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

 

Sandip A. Kale is working as Dean, Research at Trinity College of Engineering and Research, Pune affiliated to Savitribai Phule University Pune (Previous Pune University), India from 2010. He has completed his Ph.D. and Master’s Degree from Pune University. He has more than 17 years industrial, academic and research experience. He has published more than fifty research papers in various conferences & journals and filed eleven patents. He has worked as Guest Editor for publishing many journal special issues. He has worked as an Editor for two edited book “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development” and “Renewable Energy Systems” published by Nova Science Publishers, USA. He is an author of a first book published on Multi-rotor Wind Turbine. He has worked as Conference Chair for four international conferences and one national conference. He is working as Editorial Board member and reviewer for many journals and Conference Committee member for ASME and others. He has received Eminent Researcher Award and Outstanding Faculty in Engineering Award in 2017. His basic research areas are wind and solar energy, renewable energy and composite materials. 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sümer Şahin is the Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the Near East University in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. In the past, he has worked at the ATILIM University (Ankara, Türkiye), Gazi University (Ankara, Türkiye), Erciyes University (Kayseri, Türkiye), King Saud University (Riyad, Saudi Arabia) as professor, at the EcolePolytechniqueFédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) as Advanced Research Scientist, at the University Ege (İzmir, Türkiye), at the Karadeniz Technical University (Trabzon, Türkiye) as associate professor and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a NATO post-doctoral fellow. At the University of Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany) he received his Diplom-Ingenieur (MS) degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1967 and Doktor-Ingenieur (PhD) degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. In 1997has been guest professor at the Universität Innsbruck, (Innsbruck, Austria)In1987 he was President of the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council of Türkiye and Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee on Science and Technology for Development of the United Nations General Assembly (New York, USA). He has published 167 papers in top journals and ~150 international conference papers on a wide spectrum in nuclear and solar energyand also given INVITED TALKS & SEMINARS in 16 different countries around the Globe. His research interest and activities cover Neutron Transport Theory, Nuclear Radiation Shielding, Thermionic Space Craft Reactors, and Space Craft Nuclear Propulsion. Fusion Technology, Fusion Fission (Hybrid) Reactors, Nuclear Waste Transmutation, Alternative Fuels for CANDU Reactors, Accelerator Driven Systems and Concentrated Solar Power. At different universities he has given lectures on Nuclear Engineering, Reactor Physics, Modern Physics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Radiation Safety, Physical Aspects of the Energy Production, Nuclear Reactor Design, Fusion Technology and Heat Pipes in Turkish, English, French and German languages.

 

Tzvetelin Gueorguiev, PhD teaches at the University of Ruse 'Angel Kanchev' since 2003. He teaches a number of disciplines in the domain of quality management such as Quality control, Quality management systems (QMS), Auditing QMS, Statistical techniques applied to QMS, Professional English, etc. He has also delivered lectures at universities in France, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Kosovo. Dr. Gueorguiev is in charge of the Master degree programme in 'Quality Management' and the founder and manager of the ‘Youth Quality Club’ at the University of Ruse. He is a member of the Union of quality specialists in Bulgaria, Association ‘Club 9000’, The American Society for Quality (ASQ), and other professional and scientific organizations. Since 2014 he has delivered several keynote speeches at research conferences.