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Keynote Speaker

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Keynote Speaker I

Dr. Brian Vlcek, Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department, Georgia Southern University, USA

Prof. Brian L. Vlcek is professor and department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University. Most recently he chaired the committee that created the manufacturing engineering program, and was named interim-chair of manufacturing engineering upon the launch of the new department. Dr. Vlcek earned his B.S., M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. His general areas of research interest for the last twenty years has been both Engineering Education & Assessment and Tribology, with a current emphasis on fatigue failure, rolling element bearing failure, probabilistic modeling of fatigue failure, Weibull Analysis of fatigue failure, and tribological properties of biolubricants and biofuel-contaminants. Dr. Vlcek was a research engineer with RPI's Institute for Wear Control and Tribology for 5-years, during which he demonstrated novel high temperature vapor lubrication techniques. He next served for five years, prior to coming to Georgia Southern, as a consulting research engineer and project manager at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he solved failure problems related to currency printing manufacture. Dr. Vlcek has had researched associations with NASA spanning thirty-three years, and was a NASA summer faculty fellow or an invited summer academic visitor at NASA-Glenn Research Center from 2001-2013. Dr. Vlcek is the 2009-10 recipient of the Georgia Southern Medal for Excellence in Service. He is co-author of the 2012 paper awarded the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineer's Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award for outstanding applied paper. He is author or co-author of over 35 publications in his area of technical expertise and engineering education & assessment.


Keynote Speaker II

Assoc. Prof. Guanghsu Chang from Georgia Southern University, USA

Assoc. Prof. Guanghsu Chang has twenty years of full-time university teaching and research experience, nine years’ experience in manufacturing consultant services in part time basis and nineteen years of research background in Manufacturing Automation, Robotics, Producibility, CAD/CAM, Design for Assembly (DFA), and Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) applications. And he also has experience in writing grant proposals, establishing and improving teaching and research laboratories, supervising student research projects, and teaching various undergraduate and graduate lectures and laboratories. Assoc. Prof. Guanghsu Chang is principal investigator of several projects from National Science Council (NSC), National Information Institution (NIII), and many other institutions and organizations. And he has four years’ experience in production engineering (computer product division).


Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Sergei Alexandrov, Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Russian Federation

Speech title: Singular Solutions in Plasticity and Their Applications

Abstract: This presentation will give an overview of singular solutions in plasticity. The source of these singular solutions is the condition at maximum friction surfaces. In particular, the quadratic invariant of the strain rate tensor approaches infinity in the vicinity of maximum friction surfaces. The magnitude of this invariant in a narrow layer near maximum friction surfaces is controlled by the strain rate intensity factor. On the other hand, a narrow fine grain layer is usually generated near frictional interfaces in metal forming processes. A new theory based on the hypothesis that the strain rate intensity factor controls the evolution of material properties in this layer will be discussed. Also will be discussed are numerical difficulties with calculating the strain rate intensity factor and experimental program designed to find the correlation between the strain rate intensity factor and the thickness of fine grain layers.

Biography: Sergei Alexandrov is a Research Professor at the Laboratory for the Mechanics of Strength and Fracture of Materials and Structures at A. Ishlinskii Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics in 1990 and D.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics in 1994. He worked as a Professor at Moscow Aviation Technology Technical University (Russia), a Visiting Scientist at ALCOA Technical Center (USA), GKSS Research Centre (Germany) and Seoul National University (South Korea), and was a Visiting Professor at Aveiro University (Portugal), University of Besancon (France) and Technical University of Malaysia (Malaysia). He is a member of the Russian National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Sergei Alexandrov has published more than 350 papers in journals, books and conference proceedings, including two monographs and around 190 papers in journals indexed in the Web of Science. He has participated in the scientific committee of several international conferences and served as a reviewer in a wide range of international journals. He is on the editorial board of several journals including Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics (Springer), Structural Engineering and Mechanics (Technopress) and Journal of Applied Mathematics (Hindawi). His research areas are plasticity theory, fracture mechanics, and their applications to metal forming and structural mechanics.


Plenary Speaker II

Prof. Young Moon, Syracuse University, United States

Prof. Young B Moon is Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, serving as the Director of the Institute for Manufacturing Enterprises, the faculty coordinator for the SAP University Alliance program and Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul Korea, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. His doctoral research was carried out in the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems. Moon is a licensed P.E. (Professional Engineer) registered in the state of New York, a CFPIM (Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management), and a CMfgE (Certified Manufacturing Engineer). Professor Moon teaches courses and conducts research in the areas of Cyber Manufacturing Systems, Sustainable Manufacturing, Product Realization Processes and Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems, Systems Modeling and Simulation, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Engineering Education. He has had extensive interactions with industry and has published over 80 refereed journal and conference publications. He is on Editorial Board for several international journals. He is active in a variety of capacities with numerous professional organizations including INCOSE, ABET, ASEE, IFIP, IEEE, and SME.


Plenary Speaker III

Prof. Qing-Zhi Zhai, China Agricultural University, China

Qingzhi Zhai is professor of Electrical Enginering department,China Agricultrual University(CAU). Most recently he is a council member of Chinese Wind Energy Association, and was deputy director of CAU Electrical &Information Experiment Teaching Centre.Prof. Zhai earned his B.S. in Tsinghua University(Beijing China) and M.S. in Beijing Agricultrual Enginering University. His general areas of university interest since 1989 has been both teaching and reseaching on Electrical Enginering.Prof. Zhai has been Teaching the course of “Electrical Machinery” for students, and “Renewable Energy Generation Technology” for graduate students. As first author, he has two teaching publication: “Electrical Machinery” and “Electrical Machine and Renewable Energy Generation Technology”. He was awarded as excellence teacher prize by “BaoGang education foundation” in 2010.Up to now, he mainly attended some national projects as: National “11th-5year” Science and Technology Support Project, National “12th-5year” Science and Technology Plant Project (rural), National Natural Science Foundation Project (2014/2015/2017).



Plenary Speaker IV

Prof. Edward Gobina, Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom

Prof. Edward Gobina is an innovator, inventor and pioneer in membrane reactor-separator technology. He is a full U.K. Professor of Chemical and Processing Engineering with 32 years of research and teaching experience in environmental engineering, petrochemical reaction engineering and catalysis and membrane technology. His scientific achievements number more than 150 articles, 20 granted patents, 30 patent applications, and over 100 invited/guest speaker presentations and contributed presentations as well as participation in prestigious refereed scientific journals, newsletters, proceedings and reviews. He has been a project analyst for BCC Research since 1998 and has authored over 22 BCC Research reports, providing critical links in the entire chemical and energy infrastructure chain from hydrogen to advanced oil and gas exploitation, sensors/monitoring, and LNG infrastructure. Professor Gobina is a member of the European Membrane Society (EMS), the North American Membrane Society(NAMS) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). He is the current director of the Centre for Process Integration and Membrane Technology (CPIMT) within the School of Engineering at the Robert Gordon University in the U.K.


Invited Speaker I

Asst. Prof. Haijun Gong, Georgia Southern University, USA

Prof. Dr. Haijun Gong is an Assistant Professor in Georgia Southern University. He completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2013 from University of Louisville. He has conducted research in additive manufacturing and 3D printing process development, property characterization of 3D printed metals, simulation and optimization of laser melting process, and physical phenomena in the selective laser melting and electron beam melting processes.


Invited Speaker II

Dr. Tawfiq Al-Mughanam, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Tawfiq graduated from the Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious university, King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in 1999. Thereafter, he proceeded to the US to complete his Master’s program from Old Dominion University and to the UK to complete his Doctorate program from the University of Leeds. His area of research is heat transfer and combustion. He has published articles, participated and presented in international conferences and is an active member in various international forums pertaining to his research and academic activities. Currently, he is serving as the Dean in the College of Engineering in King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia.