Session Keynotes

These will be the session keynotes for some topics

Nawawi Chouw

Nawawi Chouw

Associate Professor at University of Auckland

Dr Nawawi CHOUW is an Associate Professor and Director of the University of Auckland Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research. Prior to joining the University of Auckland he worked at universities in Germany, Japan and Australia. He gained his diploma in Civil Engineering from the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. After working in a group of consulting engineers in Germany he returned to the Research Centre on Structural Dynamics at the Ruhr University Bochum, and he was awarded his doctorate. He has been awarded twice the Gledden Fellowship of the University of Western Australia, Fritz-Peter-Mueller Prize of the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, the Best Research Award of Chugoku Denryoku Research Foundation, Japan, and received twice recognition for excellence in research supervision from Chinese Scholarship Council. He was invited by China Ministry of Education, NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Qatar Science Foundation, SA National Research Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service and by other European Research Institutions to assess applications. He was also invited to teach at several universities in Europe, China and Japan. He was Guest Editor of a number of journals, e.g. Protective Structures, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. He is an associate editor of Frontiers in Build Environment – Earthquake Engineering and is an editorial board member of a number of international journals.

Natural fibre reinforced composite as possible future earthquake-resistant construction materials

Kheirollah Sepahvand

Kheirollah Sepahvand

Technical University of Munich, Germany

Dr. Kheirollah Sepahvand is a Senior Lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Munich (TUM). He was awarded his doctorate at Technical University of Dresden in Germany. Prior to joining TUM, he worked as research fellow and Lecturer at German University of federal Armed forced in Munich. He is also visiting professor at German University in Cairo. His research directions include vibroacoustic analysis of composite structures, computational vibroacoustic, experimental vibrations and modal analysis, stochastic finite element method, nonlinear structural dynamics and uncertainty quantification in structural dynamics and mechanics.

Identification of random elastic and damping parameters of composite structures

Raman Singh

Raman Singh

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Professor Raman Singh’s primary research interests are in the relationship of Nano-/microstructure and Environment-assisted degradation and fracture of metallic and composite materials, and Nanotechnology for Advanced Mitigation of such Degradations. He has also worked extensively on use of advanced materials (e.g., graphene) for corrosion mitigation, stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion and corrosion-mitigation of magnesium alloys (including for the use of magnesium alloys for aerospace, defence and bioimplant applications). Prof Singh’s professional distinctions and recognitions include: editor of a book on cracking of welds, member the Editorial/ Review Boards of a few journals, leader/co-chairman of a few international conferences and regular keynote/invited lectures at international conferences, over 170 peer-reviewed international journal publications, 15 book chapters/books and over 100 reviewed conference publications, and several competitive research grants (that includes 4 Discovery, 7 Linkage and one ITRH grants of Australian Research Council). Prof Singh has supervised 38 PhD students. His vibrant research group at Monash University comprises of PhD students from different disciplines (Mechanical, Chemical, Materials and Mining Engineering, and Science) as well as from different cultural backgrounds (Australian, Middle-eastern, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, African, North American and Israeli). For further professional details: http://eng.monash.edu.au/mechanical/about/people/profile/singhr

Environment-assisted degradation of FRP composites for advanced civil engineering applications

Damiano Pasini

Damiano Pasini

McGill University, Canada

Damiano Pasini is full professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. He received a master in civil engineering (1995) from the University of Pavia and a PhD in mechanical engineering (2003) from the University of Bristol, UK. After a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003/04) at the Institute of Structural Mechanics of the German Aerospace Center in Braunschweig, he joined in 2004 McGill University as NSERC Junior Research Chair, and since then he has been a faculty member. His research expertise revolves around mechanical metamaterials with specific focus on microarchitected porous materials, as well as fiber-steered laminates. He is fully engaged in understanding their mechanics, introduce reliable predictive models, and use them to design, build and test architected materials with unprecedented properties, such as structural porous biomaterials for bone replacement, materials with tunable thermal expansion as well as materials with shape-shifting functionalities. Besides being a member of the McGill Institutes for Advanced Materials and Aerospace Engineering, as well as the Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems, he holds cross-appointments in the departments of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at McGill. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports and the Journal of Bionic Engineering. Further details at http://pasini.ca

Architected cellular materials with extreme mechanical properties