Invited Speakers


Prof. B.S. Murty

Presently, Prof. B.S. Murty is Director of IIT Hyderabad. Additionally, he is an Institute Professor and Girija& R. Muralidharan Chair Professor at the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, India. His academic journey started with a Diploma in Metallurgy in 1983 followed by BE from VRCE Nagpur in 1986 and ME from IISc Bangalore in 1988. He obtained his PhD (1992) also from IISc, Bangalore. After serving at IIT Kharagpur for 12 years, he has been a Professor at IIT Madras since 2004. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada since 2011 and also an Associate faculty of School of Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada since 2016.

His fields of interests are High entropy alloys, Nanocrystalline materials and nanocomposites, bulk metallic glasses, grain refinement and modification of Al alloys, Al based composites, in-situ composites, non-equilibrium processing, particulate technologies, thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations, transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography. He has authored above 395 journal publications. He has published four books, namely, Text Book on Nanoscience and nanotechnology, High Entropy Alloys (2 editions) and High-energy Ball Milled Nanocrystalline Aluminium Alloys. He has supervised 38 PhDs and 17 PhDs are ongoing. He has completed over 55 sponsored research projects and currently handing 13 projects and filed 19 patents. His main research contributions are:

  • He has pioneered the field of non-equilibrium processing of materials by mechanical alloying. He has not only developed advanced materials using this route, but also has made key contributions to the development of theoretical frame work in this field.
  • He has developed a wide variety of nano materials with exceptional structural and functional properties and demonstrated their technological viability.
  • He has made significant contributions to the field of bulk metallic glasses including developing thermodynamic models for predicting glass forming ability.
  • He has also pioneered the field of high entropy alloys from India, which are exciting new class of materials with immense application potential.
  • His group is the first in India to successfully develop a technology for the production grain refiners for Aluminium and demonstrate their superiority over the imported ones.
  • Under his leadership a National Facility for Atom Probe Tomography has been set up at IIT Madras with a remotely operable Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) (first such facility globally) that can characterize materials in 3D at the atomic scale.
  • He has also set up Deakin-IITM Centre of Excellence on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing at IIT Madras jointly with Deakin University, Australia.

He is a recipient of a number of awards including JC Bose Fellowship award (2018-2023), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2007), Honorary Doctorate from Deakin University, Australia (2017), Life time Achievement Award of IIT Madras (2016), GD Birla Gold Medal (2015), Eminent Materials Engineer Award (2011), Distinguished Alumnus Award of VNIT (2010), Metallurgist of the Year Award (2004), MRSI Medal (2004), INAE Young Engineer Award (1997), INSA Young Scientist Award (1995), Young Metallurgist Award (1994), and ISCA Young Scientists Award (1992).

His is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS, 2018), Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences (FAPAS, 2016), Indian Institute of Metals (FIIM, 2015), Asia Pacific Academy of Materials (FAPAM, 2013), Indian National Science Academy (FNA, 2013), ASM International (FASM, 2010), Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc, 2008), National Academy of Sciences (FNASc, 2008), Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE, 2007).

Dr. Deshdeep Sahdev

Former Professor of Physics IIT Kanpur.


Dr. Sahdev trained, as a theorist, in leading groups at CornellUniversity, Univ. of Pennsylvania, and the International Center forTheoretical Physics (Italy) among others. While at these centers, heworked and interacted with several Nobel laureates including Prof Salam,Ken Wilson, Steven Weinberg and Richard Feynman.

He then joined IIT Kanpur, where over two decades of innovative teaching,he turned out some of the best physicists of the country. Many of hisstudents have, by now, received the Bhatnagar, Infosys and other prizes.Prof. Sahdev has contributed to several branches of physics: He was aco-discoverer of radiation zeroes and of their use in determining theanomalous magnetic moment of the W-boson. He is one of the originalpioneers of the field of higher-dimensional cosmologies. He has worked onthe non-linear dynamics ofJosephson-Junction arrays and has developedseveral algorithms for simulating them.

Furthermore, he has made considerable progress in achieving theintegration of theory, computation, experiment and instrumentation atQuazarTech --- a Research Lab, Educational Center and Company, all mergedinto a single entity --- which he set up. In particular, he and his grouphave developed several Scanning Probe Microscopes, Physical PropertiesMeasurement, Chemical Vapor Deposition and Data-acquisition Systems, and used them not only for their own research and teaching, but also tofacilitate teaching and research across the entire country.

Moreover, Prof Sahdev is currently part of the Expert Advisory Group of theInstrumentation/Device Development Program of the Department of Science.He is also a Board Member of the Technology Development Board of theGovernment of India.

Dr. AlokeKanjilal

Professor, Department of Physics,
School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar, UP-201314, India

Title of Talk: Engineering Materials at Nanoscale for Frontier Applications Prof. AlokeKanjilal is an expert in thin film deposition and characterization.

Prof. Kanjilal made fundamental contributions in various fields ranging from memory to optoelectronic devices. His expertise in materials synthesis and various analyses techniques for studying morphological, structural, chemical, electronic, transport and optical properties in variety of materials are the advantage for successful execution of various frontline problems. He received extensive experience in growth and modification of materials by ion beam technique from the time of his PhD at the Department of Physics in Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He was also engaged in developing low-energy ion-beam facilities, and has been involved in understanding the mechanism behind the formation of ion beam induced self-organized nanopatterns on semiconductors and other materials surfaces. He is a recipient of prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and has been elected as a Member of National Academy of Sciences India (MNASc). He is also an Alumni of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, and is Lifetime Members of Indian Physics Association (IPA), Materials Research Society of India (MRSI), Ion Beam Society of India (IBSI), Indian Physics Teachers Association (IPTA), Electron Microscope Society of India (EMSI). He published more than 85 articles in reputed international journals and conferences on novel experimental results and ideas of processing and characterization of nanoscale materials and devices. He has two German patents. He is at present actively working on oxide materials and their uses in resistive switching devices, sensors, radiation detectors, light emitting devices, and solar cells.

Dr. Muhammad P. Jahan

Dr. Muhammad Jahan is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering department at Miami University. He joined Miami University in 2016 after serving 4 years at Western Kentucky University (WKU) as a tenure- track Assistant Professor. Prior to joining WKU, he completed his postdoc from University of Arkansas in 2012. Dr. Jahan received his BS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2004 and 2010 respectively. Dr. Jahan worked in Makino Asia Pte Ltd, a well-known manufacturer of CNC machine tools, for a year before returning to academia as a postdoc. Dr. Jahan’s research interests are in the areas of advanced and sustainable manufacturing processes including both conventional and non-conventional manufacturing processes, micro- and nano-machining, post-processing of additive manufactured parts, and hybrid machining processes.

Dr. Jahan’s research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), NSF-KY EPSCoR, Ohio Department of Higher Education, Bullen Ultrasounds, M K Morse Company, WKU Research Foundation, and Miami University Committee for Faculty Research (CFR). He has received a total of over $1.5M from internal and external grants as PI and co-PI. Dr. Jahan has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in refereed journals and proceedings of international conferences, and contributed 18 chapters to books from reputed publishers. He received numerous research awards including four best paper awards, two most downloaded papers certificates from Elsevier, and Most Prolific Proposer and Junior Investigator Award from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Jahan is an active member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Dr. Sikiru O. Ismail

Dr Sikiru O. Ismail is currently a Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering and Materials at School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He is a member of Mechanical Engineering Subject Group and Centre for Engineering Research, Coordinator for Outreach and Networking of C3R and Programme Leader for Degree Apprenticeship of Mechanical Engineering Awards. He completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, University of Portsmouth, England, UK, after obtained his PhD degree in the same University, as a sponsored researcher with prestigious awards, such as Paper Publication Prizes: Best Student Paper and First Place Awards at both School of Engineering and Faculty of Technology levels. Prior to his doctoral degree, he obtained ND in Mechanical Engineering Technology with Distinction; BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (Production) with First Class Honours; and MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Design and Production) with Distinction.

He was an Overall/Best Student in all his degree programmes, among other outstanding prizes. Moreover, Dr Ismail has several years of professional (industrial, research and academic/lecturing) experiences, having worked in many sectors. His research specialisation focuses on Advanced Manufacturing (Mechanical) Engineering and Sustainable Materials, which include mainly Materials/Composites Development, Subtractive Manufacturing (Advanced Machining Processes) and Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D Printing). He has successfully supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate projects. He has won research grants/funding and scholarships. In addition, he has published/presented several articles locally/internationally. Dr Ismail is a Reviewer and Editorial Board Member of many reputable local/international journals, such as Composites Part B: Engineering, among others. He is a Lead Guest Editor for Special Issue of Applied Sciences, Materials, MDPI Journal and qualified Advance Higher Education Internal and External Examiner. He also obtained PGCE. Furthermore, Dr Ismail is a Member, Chartered Engineer and Fellow of many national/local and international professional bodies: MASME, MIMechE, MASC, CEng MIET, FHEA, FRSA, among others. He is a Mentor for RAEng, Nuffield Research Placements and IET. Summarily, Dr Ismail is an astute Senior Lecturer, erudite researcher and very passionate in processing excellence out of his students as well as solving engineering problems through cutting edge research.

Dr. Sujan Debnath

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science

Total Publications and Citation Summary:

Total Publications (Journals + Book chapters + Conference Proceedings): 116

Research Interests:
  • Green Composite Materials using Bio-Waste
  • Nano Polymer Composite
  • Advanced/Sustainable/Nano-enhanced Machining
  • Thermal Management in Electronic Packaging
  • Origami-inspired Folding Technique and Folding Design
Professional Experience
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (12/2013 – Till date)
  • Head, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (10/2014 – 12/2017)
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (10/2008 – 11/2013)
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Melaka, Malaysia (10/2006 – 10/2008)
  • Lecturer, Project Coordinator and Course Leader, Mechanical Engineering, Legenda Group of Colleges, BUTL, Mantin, Malaysia (Franchised with the Nottingham Trent University, UK) (06/1999 – 10/2006)
  • Lecturer, School of Engineering, Kolej Premier Yayasan Perak, Malaysia (Franchised with Liverpool John Moores University, UK) (01/1997 – 12/1998)
Fellowships, Awards, Certifications, Achievements and Appointments
  • Best Paper award, One Curtin Post Graduate Conference (OCPC 2018) in Curtin Malaysia
  • Best paper awards “The effect of alkali treatment of OPKS filler on mechanical property of polyester-composite” IACSIT 2014 International conference in Malaysia.
  • Best paper award at 9th CUTSE international conference, Malaysia.
  • Best paper award at 5th ICMST international conference, Malaysia.
  • Bronze award for our research project in International conference and Exhibition on Invention by Institution of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2017) in Malaysia.
  • Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Fellow Member, the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM)
Professional Affiliation
  • Member, Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK)
  • Member, Institute Materials Malaysia (IMM)
Teaching and Learning Certifications
  • Pedagogy and Design Fundamentals: Pedagogy for Teaching and Learning: The rationale behind the practice
  • Pedagogy for Teaching and Learning: Constructive Alignment: Planning for teaching
  • PREP (Peer Review Evaluation Process) Certified Reviewer
  • Completed six-month course on Foundations of Learning and Teaching (FOLT) in Curtin Malaysia (2009)


c/o Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy.

Fernando Fraternali is Professor of Structural Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Salerno (Diciv), Italy. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Salerno, and a Ph.D. in Multiscale Mechanics from King's College London. F. Fraternali has participated as a PI or co-PI in various research projects funded by the Italian National Research Council, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy-USA scientific cooperation), and US research agencies.

He currently serves as PI of the Research Project of National Relevance "Multiscale Innovative Materials and Structures" granted by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research for the years 2019 –2022 (MIUR Prin 2017, project code 2017J4EAYB). Prof. Fernando Fraternali is Delegate to Research and Doctorate Affairs and Coordinator of the PhD Course on "Risk and Sustainability in Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering Systems" at Diciv. Most of his research work concerns multiscale modeling and simulation of solids and structures, and the design and engineering of innovative and sustainable materials at multiple scales. Prof. Fraternali was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship for the academic year 2005/06 and has been Visiting Professor at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology since September 2005 (several periods), and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA. Recently, he has been listed in the database of 100,000 top scientists across all fields published in the Plos Biology article "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators" (October 2020); among the Top Italian Scientists, Area: Engineering-Mechanics; and has received the "Major Contributions to Tensegrity Systems Research" Award from the Texas A&M Laboratory on Tensegrity Systems (April 2018); the "Bdr2017 Award - Category Green Economy" for the University of Salerno spin-off Newmatt, (founder and CEO) within the Startup Competition on Innovation and Entrepreneurship "Borsa della Ricerca 2017" (Fisciano, May 2017), and the "2015 Hetenyi Award" from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. (Bethel, CT 06801, USA). Prof. Fraternali is Associate Editor of Mechanics Research Communications (Elsevier, ISSN: 0093-6413), Frontiers in Materials (Frontiers Publishing, ISSN: 2296-8016) and Ingegneria Sismica - International Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Patron Editore, ISSN: 0393-1420).

He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Curved and Layered Structures (De Gruyter Open, ISSN: 2353-7396), Science and Engineering of Composite Materials (De Gruyter Open, ISSN: 2191-0359), and World Journal of Engineering (Emerald Publishing, ISSN: 1708-5284). F. Fraternali is Guest Editor of the following special issues: "Multi-Scale Modeling and Characterization of Innovative Materials and Structures", Mechanics Research Communications (Volume 58, Pages 1-156, June 2014); "Composite Lattices and Multiscale Innovative Materials and Structures", Composites Part B: Engineering (Volume 115, Pages 1-504, April 2017); "Multiscale lattices and composite materials: Optimal design, modeling and characterization", Frontiers in Materials (May 2019); "Advances in Mechanical Metamaterials and Smart Structures", Mechanics Research Communications (Volume 107, 2020, 103531, July 2020); "Nanomaterials: Multiscale Innovative Materials and Structures", (MDPI, ISSN: 2079-4991, in preparation).

Prof. Khalid Moinuddin

Professor, Fire Modelling, Victoria University, Australia

Khalid is a Professor at Victoria University's Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC).Khalid started his academic career at Victoria University in June, 2003, while completing his PhD thesis at the University of Melbourne.Within the Fire Research Group of ISILC, he is currently involved in several computational and experimental research projects in the area of combustion, flame growth and propagation, turbulent fluid motion, tunnel fire and fire risk analysis. He created a new paradigm by widening CESARE's research spectrum from applied only to fundamental.

Today his fundamental research works include simulation of gasification of solid fuels and combustion of the gaseous form, turbulent fluid motion using various large eddy simulation (LES) based models, evaporation of the sprinkler/water mist droplets etc and contribution to the development of physics-based simulation/ numerical tools.

In the last few years, Khalid has developed two major streams of research at Victoria University:

  • development and application of a three-dimensional physics-based wildfire model which resulted in five external research grants generating over $1.4M external research income, one PhD completion and five current HDR projects
  • fire safety engineering in naval applications which resulted in three external research grants generating $360K external research income and one PhD completion.

Khalid was also the Course Coordinator of Victoria University’s Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering courses from 2008-2017, which constitute only one of the two suites of courses of this kind delivered in Australia. He led a course review in modernising Fire Safety Engineering Curriculum and Teaching Practices, introducing new units/topics to bridge identified gaps and facilitate graduates to gain the required professional certification.


GLENN S. DAEHN is a Professor of Metallurgical Engineering Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 United States of America. He has been awarded Ph.D and Masters in Materials Science & Engineering Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA. He completed his Bachelors in Materials Science & Engineering from North Western University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. Daehn’s first project at Ohio State was in manufacturing and electrohydraulic forming of thin tubular cylinders. There was almost no work in high strain-rate manufacturing at this time and we discovered superplastic-like ductility at high strain rates. Since this time, interest in this work has grown worldwide and Daehn has been continually active in the leadership of the International Impulse Forming Group. Now Ohio State has leading facilities in impulse processing using electrohydraulic, electromagnetic, laser-impulse and vaporizing foil actuator processing (which was developed & patented wholly at Ohio State).

Daehn’s group has executed over $10M in research in this area, and the technology is being examined by several auto OEM’s and others for welding dissimilar and advanced metals by impact, without gross melting.

Prof. Dr. Horst Hahn

Horst Hahn has been the Executive Director of the Institute for Nanotechnology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since 2004. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Technische Universität Berlin in 1982. After a postdoc at Universität des Saarlandes, he moved to the United States and held several positions at Argonne National Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and Rutgers University. He has been a full professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt since 1992. Since 2011, he is Principal Investigator and head of a research group on nanoglasses at the Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanosciences at Nanjing University of Science and Technology. He is Distinguished Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and has reveived Honorary Professorships at the University of Hyderabad in India, and Lanzhou University and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China.

His research is focused on defects and diffusion in metals and ceramics, nanostructured and amorphous materials, tailored and tunable properties of nanostructures, energy materials and printed electronics. Horst Hahn is Elected Member of the German National Academy Leopoldina, Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the European Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Inventors, and Fellow of the Materials Research Society. He received the Mehl Award of TMS and the Heyn Denkmünze of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde. He is coauthor of more than 450 papers and of 75 patents on nanomaterials, including materials for electrochemical energy storage and printed electronics.

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

Prof. Manoj Gupta

Prof. Manoj Gupta was a former Head of Materials Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Director designate of Materials Science and Engineering Initiative at NUS, Singapore. He did his Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine, USA (1992), and postdoctoral research at University of Alberta, Canada (1992). In August 2017 he was highlighted among Top 1% Scientist of the World Position by The Universal Scientific Education and Research Network and among 2.5% among scientists as per ResearchGate. To his credit are: (i) Disintegrated Melt Deposition technique and (ii) Hybrid Microwave Sintering technique, an energy efficient solid-state processing method to synthesize alloys/micro/nano-composites. He has published over 585 peer reviewed journal papers and owns two US patents and one Trade Secret. His current h-index is 67, RG index is > 47 and citations are greater than 17000. He has also co-authored six books, published by John Wiley, Springer and MRF - USA. He is Editor-in-chief/Editor of twelve international peer reviewed journals. A multiple award winner, he actively collaborate/visit Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, USA and India as a visiting researcher, professor and chair professor.

Prof. Satyam Suwas

Prof. Satyam Suwas is a professor at Department of Materials Engineering at Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore. He has completed his PhD and Master’s from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India. His research interest are Processing - texture relationship, Deformation and thermo-mechanical processing, Microstructure-mechanical property correlation. He has been honored with Elected Fellow (2017), National Academy of Sciences, India, Frederich Wilhem Bessel Award (2017) from Humboldt foundation, Germany, Eminent Engineering personality for the year (2014), from Institution of Engineers, India, Metallurgist of the year (2012) from Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India, Humboldt Fellow (2004-2005) from Humboldt foundation, Germany, Young Engineer of the Year (2003) from Indian National Academy of Engineering, President Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma Medal (1999) from IIT Kanpur, India.

He is awardee of metallurgist of the year (2012) from Ministry of steel, Government of India, IUSSTF fellowship (2008) from Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Humboldt Fellowship (2004-2005), Alexander von Humboldt foundation, Germany,Young Engineer of the Year 2003 from Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and President of India, Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma Gold Medal (1999) for All Round Excellence from IIT Kanpur, India.

Prof. D. Ravi Kumar

Prof. D. Ravi Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi and presently, the Head of Central Workshop. Dr. Ravi Kumar’s research interests include Metal Forming, Plasticity and Materials Processing. His specific research has been focused mainly on Sheet Metal Forming and Finite Element Modeling and Analysis. He was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institute for Metal Forming Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2008 and University of Erlangen, Germany in 2013. He was a visiting faculty at the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2005-06. He received the institute “Teaching Excellence Award” in the year 2011-12. Dr. Ravi Kumar is the first recipient of J.M. Mahajan award for the “Outstanding Young Teacher in Mechanical Engg.” in 2008. Before joining IIT Delhi, he worked as an Assistant Manager in Tata Steel (R&D), Jamshedpur during 1996-1998 where he received the Best R&D project award in the year 1997-98. He has guided 13 Ph. D. students and another 7 students are currently pursuing Ph.D. under his guidance. He has also supervised 40 M.Tech. students in their thesis work. He has published over 100 research papers in journals and conferences worldwide. Dr. Ravi Kumar has carried out sponsored research projects funded by DST, ISRO and DRDO as Principal Investigator and consultancy projects sponsored by Tata Steel, Cessna India, John Deere and Tube Investments of India Ltd. He is a presently a co- Principal Investigator of the Indo-German project “Multistage Modeling, Simulation and Optimization for Energy, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing” with University of Erlangen- Nuremberg under Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education funded by UGC-DAAD. Dr. Ravi Kumar is a member of the Editorial Board of Production Engineering Journal (Springer). He is an active member of Sheet Metal Forming Research Association (SMFRA) founded at IIT Bombay.

Prof. Chetan Nikhare

Prof. Chetan Nikhare is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He earned a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Nagpur University, India in 2003, M.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India in 2006, and the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Deakin University, Australia in 2010.

Prof. Nikhare joined the Penn State Behrend faculty in August 2012. Prior to joining the faculty, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering Department at University of New Hampshire. To date, he has performed different aspects of numerical and analytical modeling for material undergoing mechanical processes. He learned constitutive modeling of mild steel and advanced high strength steels and microstructural modeling during his graduate and post-graduate studies. His research interest are, but not limited to, experiments and numerical simulation of sheet metal and bulk forming in various deformation mode, fatigue and fracture, hydroforming and analytical modeling of material mechanics and processes.

Prof. Julfikar Haider

Prof. Julfikar Haider is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Dr Haider’s main research is Materials Processing, Lean Manufacturing, Mass Customisation, and Computer Aided Design Modelling; and it is in these areas that he is renowned for his work both Nationally and Internationally, which is justified by his research outputs on the following: (i) new/novel coating material and plasma nitriding for surface treatment, (ii) material removal mechanisms with multipoint cutting tools, (iii) performance evaluation of coated cutting tools, (iv) new composite materials for dental application, (v) natural fibre reinforced polymer composite and (vi) improved welding strength of titanium alloys. He has received funding by Innovate UK to conduct Eight Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with industry worth more than a million pound. He has been supervising research associates and PhD Students in the above areas. He has published and presented over 80 technical papers in international journals, conferences and books in the above areas. He is acting as the Executive Editor for an International Journal published by Taylor and Francis (Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies).

Prof. Inderdeep Singh

Prof. Inderdeep Singh, Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has completed his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi in 2004. He has done his Masters in Production Engineering at IIT Delhi in 2000, and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at NIT (REC) Hamirpur, in 1998. His areas of interests are Composite Materials; conceptualization and development, Manufacturing of Polymer and Metal Matrix Composites, Natural Fiber Based Green Composites. He has been funded by 1.5 Million USD by National Research Foundation of Korea, for international collaborative research project on Eco-Fire Resist Hybrid Composites, and also his research work has been funded by many other agencies like IMPRINT, DST, SPARC (MHRD), AICTE, MoEF & CC (NMHS).

Professor Esther Akinlabi

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. Yanshan Lou

Dr. Yanshan Lou is a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. He obtained his Pd. D. from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in 2012. After graduation, he moved to Australia and worked with Prof. Jeong Whan Yoon in Swinburne University of Technology and Deakin University for about 4 years. Between 2014 and 2015, He moved to Germany and conducted researches in IUL, TU Dortmund with Prof. A.E. Tekkaya as an Alexander von Humboldt scholar. His research interests include experimental characterization and analytical modeling of damage-based ductile fracture and plastic behavior of advanced lightweight metals (advanced high strength steels, aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys, titanium alloys, etc). The final goal is to provide accurate simulation of plastic deformation of lightweight metals for reliably numerical design of tools and sheet metal forming processes. Dr. Lou published two ESI highly cited papers and several other research publications about experimental study, modeling, numerical implementation and industrial application of plastic deformation and ductile fracture behaviors of lightweight metals.

Dr. Indra Vir Singh

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand, India

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.

Prof Sunil Pandey

Prof Sunil Pandey is a Welding Fabrication and Manufacturing Scientist & Consultant. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Formerly he was Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He is also the Former Vice Chancellor / Director of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology (SLIET), Deemed University (CFTI under MHRD), Longowal, District Sangrur, Punjab. He is known for his contribution in the field of Welding Technology and manufacturing science. He has developed and established various cost effective and national need based technologies in the field of welding. He is an innovative researcher and just doesn’t believe in remaining a follower researcher.

Prof. Kuan-Wei Lee

Professor Kuan-Wei Lee joined the Department of Electronic Engineeringat I-Shou University as an assistant professor in 2006, was promoted to associate professor in August 2009, and was promoted to professorin February 2013. Professor Lee’s main research focuses on metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) technology and its application in GaAs-based electronic devices. He was elected a Distinguished Teaching Instructorbythe College of Electrical and Information Engineering at I-Shou University in 2010. Professor Lee received the Outstanding Electrical Engineer Award from The Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering (CIEE) in 2011 and was listed in Marquis 2011-2012, 2016-2017 Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

Navin Kumar

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar-140001, Punjab, India

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.

Prof. U Ramamurthy

Prof U Ramamurthy is Professor in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, NTU Singapore. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgy) degree from Andhra University, India in 1989 and a Master of Engineering (Metallurgy) degree from Indian Institute of Science, India in 1991 both with Metallurgy specialization, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Engineering, from Brown University, USA in 1994. His post-doctoral work was conducted at University of California-Santa Barbara and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A highly accomplished researcher, Professor Ramamurty has co-authored more than 250 papers in peer reviewed international journals, that are cited more than 9000 times (with Hirsch index of 46) in both Web of Science and Scopus databases. His research contributions are recognized through a number of awards such as the Lee Hsun Lecture award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, TWAS Prize (Engineering Sciences), CNR Rao Prize Lecture in Advanced Materials of Materials Research Society of India, J.C. Bose National Fellowship and Swarnajayanthi Fellowships of Government of India, Metallurgist of th Year Award by Indian Institute of Metals, and Scopus Young Scientist Award. He is an elected fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Academy of Sciences, and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He held many distinguished/invited professor/scientist positions world over, some of which are at Institute of Materials Research (IMRE), Singapore, Zhejiang University (Qiushi Distinguished Visiting Professor) China, Université de Lorraine, France (Exceptional Class Professeur invité), Jawharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA), Switzerland, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, Université de Rennes, France, Hahn-Meitner-Institute, Germany, Corporate Strategic Research Centre of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, and The Gordon Laboratory of University of Cambridge, UK. Professor Ramamurty has been an Editor of Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia since 2014

Dr. Tejraj M. Aminabhavi, Ph.D

Dr. Tejraj Aminabhavi obtained his Ph.D (1979) from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA. During 1980-2002, he was a professor of Physical Chemistry and in 2002-2007, the founder Director of Center of Excellence in Polymer Science at Karnatak University, Dharwad. During 2007-2012, he was the scientific advisor to Reliance Life Sciences, Navi Mumbai. Dr. Aminabhavi was a visiting professor at universities in USA, Taiwan, Korea, Cambridge (UK) and France.

Dr. Aminabhavi is presently the Emeritus Fellow sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi, India (2012-2014) and is the Research Director at Soniya College of Pharmacy. Dr. Aminabhavi has been serving as the international advisory board member of Journal of Applied Polymer  Science, Wiley Inter-Science, New York, USA since1998, Polymer Plastics Technology & Engineering, Marcel Dekker, New York, USA since 2000 and Column Editor, Polymer News, Gordon Breach, New York, USA (1997- 2006). Presently, he is the Associate Editor of Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier, New York, USA).


Dr. Aminabhavi has published 600 scientific papers including authoritative reviews in addition to three US patents on water desalination technologies and four Indian patents on drug delivery. He has supervised over 40 doctoral students and published a book on “Introduction to Macromolecular Science” (Wiley, New York, 2002).


Dr. Aminabhavi’s research interests are in areas of molecular transport, membrane- based separations, pervaporation, gas separation, electrodialysis, micro, ultra and nanofiltration and reverse osmosis water technologies, controlled release polymeric devices, micro/nanoparticles, transdermal patches and hydrogels for drugs, proteins, peptides, genes, pesticides and polymer-drug conjugates. Molecular modelling on polymeric surfaces, prediction of polymer blend compatibility, drug diffusion and gas transport, polyurethane coatings, polymer composites, dendrimers, heat resistant and conducting polymers,  liquid state properties and polymer solution theories.

Dr. S.K.Jha, Director (P & M)

Dr.S. K. Jha is a Metallurgical Engineering graduate from NIT Jamshedpur in the year 1988. He then joined the 32 nd batch of BARC training school following which due to his interest in the production area he opted to join NFC, Hyderabad and was posted in extrusion and piercing plant (EPP).

At NFC, under his leadership, for the first time simulation and modeling of “difficult to hot work” Inconel 718, Titanium full alloy, PT-7M, PT-3B Inconel 690, Incoloy 800 were carried out successfully. He was also instrumental in producing Titanium half alloy and full alloy tube in different sizes for Light Combat Aircraft and PSLV application, Simulation and modeling of two dissimilar metals for superconductor applications which is being used for development of fusion technology, Alloy 617 and SS 30HCu for advanced ultra supercritical boiler and optimizing the radial forging process and extrusion process parameters for production of pressure tube for 700 MWe PHWRS. His contributions in development of Superni42 in hot working and heat treatment are noteworthy and He has also contributed in development of seamless tube making technology Nb based alloys, shape memory alloys.

He has also received many awards and recognition for all his efforts at NFC. The most notable amongst them being, award for Excellence in Science technology for the year 2006 from Department of Atomic Energy. He has also received Group award from DAE five times for development of modified route for pressure tube, Development of Niobium alloys, Revamping of extrusion press, extrusion of ODS steel for FBRs application. Steam generator tubes for 700 MWe PHWRs. He is also a Life member of Indian institute of Metals and Indian Nuclear Society. He has also published 35 articles in international journals. He has completed the lead auditor course of ISO and is now currently pursuing his PhD from HBNI.

Dr. Sandeep Chaudhary

Dr. Sandeep Chaudhary is currently working as Professor and Head in the Discipline of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Indore. Prior to joining IIT Indore, he served as a faculty member in different capacities at MNIT Jaipur for more than twenty years. His research interests are steel-concrete composite structures and sustainable materials including utilisation of waste materials in concrete. His group carries out both analytical and experimental studies on steel-concrete composite structures as well as concrete. The experimental studies range from microstructure studies to full-scale experimental studies

Dr. Apurbba Kumar Sharma

Dr. Apurbba Kumar Sharma is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at IIT Roorkee, India. He is also the Coordinator of ‘नवोन्मेष’ Design Innovation Center, IIT Roorkee. Earlier, he was holding the positions of Associate Dean, Academic Studies and Chairman, Institute Academic Performance Evaluation Committee in this Institute during July 2013 to April, 2017.

He has obtained his Bachelor degree from Dibrugarh University, Assam. He has subsequently obtained his Masters and PhD degrees from IIT Madras.

Research interests of Dr Sharma include:

  • Advance Manufacturing Methods, Hybrid Processes
  • Microwave Material Processing (in particular - Microwave Drilling, Microwave Casting, Microwave joining, Microwave Cladding)
  • Surface Engineering

Dr. Sharma has filed NINE Indian Patents; TWO of them have already been Granted. He has published more than 100 research papers in International Journals. He has also presented/published more than 120 research papers in various International and National Conferences. Dr. Sharma is also a reviewer of several reputed international journals including – Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, International Journal of Metalcasting, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Proceedings of the IMechE Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, Proceedings of the IMechE Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, Surface and Coatings Technology, Precision Engineering, Surface Engineering, Tribology International, Tribology Transactions, Tribology Letters and Kovové Materiály-Metallic Materials. He has also edited one International Conference Proceedings and was Guest Co- Editor of the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (2008) 38.


Dr.J.Srinivas is working presently as Associate Professor at Mechanical Engineering, NIT Rourkela. He did Bachelor and Masters of Engineering (Mechanical) degrees from Andhra University respectively in the years 1992 and 1995. As CSIR senior research fellow awardees, he joined in same university and acquired his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Engineering, in 2001. Dr. Srinivas with his research interests in the fields of design, modeling and analysis has authored/co-authored more than 100 papers in various conferences and peer reviewed international journals. He also authored/co-authored several engineering books such as handbook of Mechanical Engineering, Experimental stress analysis etc. During his teaching tenure, he achieved Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers award from Institution of Engineers, India along with best research practitioners award. During Sep’2006-2008, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea invited as non-tenure track faculty at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. During these entire two decades carrier, he served in various positions at different universities including Andhra University, SCSVMV, CEC and NIT Rourkela. As the head of the department, he established various laboratories for Mechanical and Civil Engineering departments at SCSVMV and CEC. He organizes several research events including symposia, conference and workshops to encourage the interested researchers. He is an elected fellow member of Institution of Engineers (India) and life member of Indian society of technical education. He is also an editorial member of American journal of Nanoscience and Technology along with reviewer of several international journals. He visited and delivered lectures in universities of Malaysia and Portugal. His research interests are: numerical and experimental characterization of materials, functional materials, manufacturing process dynamics.

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.